Religious Education

Encounter Christ

Welcome to St. Michael Religious Education.  It is our privilege to walk with you on your family’s faith journey. We hope to encounter Jesus Christ together. As our partner in forming faith, parents have a special role in training their children to become disciples. This is a lifelong process that parents begin with their child’s Baptism.  Ongoing faith formation is crucial.  It is important for children and young people especially, to get together with others at their age level to learn about and encounter Jesus Christ; to have a sense of belonging. We offer faith formation to children in Kindergarten through eighth grade. We offer the opportunity to children to know, love and serve God. Formation includes preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.


Families Sharing Faith

Families with children in grades K through 8 attend monthly.  Each meeting includes Bible stories, family activities, faith sharing at age appropriate levels for children and adults.  Adults explore the same topics that the children are learning so that they are equipped to pass the theme along to them at home until the next month.  This is a great choice for families who need flexibility.


Grade level groups meet two or three times each month with catechists.  They are formed in faith through stories, discussions and activities.  We encourage open communication between parents and catechists that includes updates on faith sharing and invites parents to seasonal programming.



Contact Us

Kelly Martinez, RE Coordinator at (708) 873-4633 or

Kelly’s Office Hours:
Monday2:00 – 9:00pm
Tuesday1:00 – 8:00pm
Wednesday:  Off
Thursday9:00am – 3:00pm
Friday:  9:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday7:30am – 1:00pm
Sunday9:00am – 1:00pm on FSF and Bridges Class Days


Joanna Castro, Admin. Assistant  at (708) 873-4631 or

Joanna’s Office Hours:
Tuesday9:00am – 12:00noon
Wednesday9:00am – 12:00noon
Thursday12:00noon – 3:00pm


Office Hours:  September 18th to May 5th

Monday:  2:00 – 8:30pm
Tuesday1:00 – 7:30pm
Wednesday9:00am – 12:00noon
Thursday:  9:00am – 3:00pm
Friday9:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday8:00am – 12:00noon when classes are in session

Sacramental Preparation

Sacraments are received and prepared in the parish.  Children who are in Religious Education, Saint Michael School or Home Schooled  prepare and receive the sacraments together.

First Reconciliation

Preparation is held in one session for children and their parents.  This year, the preparation is on Tuesday, January 17th.

The Sacrament of First Reconciliation will be on Tuesday, January 24th and Friday, February 3rd.  All children and their families are welcome.

First Eucharist

Children are prepared to receive Jesus through a Retreat that parents and family attend with them and through instruction in their Religious Education sessions.  Emphasis is placed on receiving Jesus in the Real Presence of the Eucharist and becoming the Body of Christ in the world around them.  The Retreats are on Sunday, February 12th and Saturday, March 4th.  Typically, children receive First Eucharist in Grade 2.  We do have some exceptions each year that we are happy to accommodate.  Please call our office if your child is older and wants to receive First Eucharist.


The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in Grade 8.  Young people are prepared in Grades 7 & 8. Emphasis is placed on learning to be disciples in the world.  Service learning opportunities and a retreat (October 20th) are included.


On line Registration is available by clicking the links below.  Your registration is complete only after all forms are complete and tuition payment is submitted.  We ask that families who are new to our Religious Education Program come into our office or call to register your child(ren). Verification of registration and session/classroom assignments will be e-mailed by the end of August. Requests for session/classroom changes will be honored until September 1st.

Space available is based on first come first served. 

Tuition Prices

  • One Child $265.00
  • Two Children $380.00
  • Three or more Children $500.00

Additional Fees

  • Eucharist/Reconciliation Fee $50.00
  •  Confirmation/Retreat Fee $75.00
  • Bible Fee (6th Grd ONLY) $25.00

Religious Education Tuition Policy

In the best interest of each child, we do not wish to exclude anyone from participation in the program. However, in order to maintain the quality of our program, each family must assume their fair share of the financial burden. Full payment is required at the time of registration. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, please contact Lisa in the Business Office at (708) 873-4622 to make special arrangements.


St. Michael Parish is a gathering of Catholic people who believe in God's love for us, manifested by His Son Jesus. We commit ourselves to live an invitation of the Lord and struggle through fulfilling His mission here on earth.

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