Religious Education


Good afternoon, RE Families! In case you have not already heard, Cardinal Cupich and the Archdiocese of Chicago have asked for the suspension of all Masses, school classes and events, faith formation sessions and activities for the time being. The following link will bring you to his full statement. https://www.archchicago.org/en/statement/-/article/2020/03/13/statement-of-the-archdiocese-of-chicago-on-the-suspension-of-public-celebration-of-mass-the-temporary-closure-of-archdiocesan-schools-the-pastoral-cen Cardinal Cupich has also posted a thoughtful video statement (about 7 minutes) on assorted social media platforms; we recommend that you hear his message of concern, compassion, and hope. It is our prayer that the social distancing recommendations from our public health organizations will help to curb the spread of COVID-19. Please remember that following the advice of these professionals is as much for the greater community as it is for ourselves; we are all in this together.

We have posted a few statements on the parish response to the Archdiocesan request on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StGeorgeReligiousEd/ We will not be in the office, and all RE sessions will be cancelled until further notice. While you may still call and leave a message on the RE phone line (708-532-8211), we may take a while to respond to your inquiry. For a quicker response, you may email us at religioused@stgeorge60477.org. If you have an emergency need requiring one of our priests, you may call (708-532-2243) and follow the prompts to reach one of the priests. Either Fr. Ken or Fr. Tom will be carrying the emergency phone and will respond accordingly; our parish secretary will be checking messages on the 2243 line on a regular basis as well. Updates will be posted at www.stgeorge60477.org as necessary.

The following link is from the Village of Tinley Park, who has indicated their intent to continue to post updates and recommendations with the latest information on COVID-19 and our local response. https://www.tinleypark.org/government/departments/emergency_management/covid-19.php

May God bless us as we embark upon this journey of hope and health!
St. George Religious Education





2019-2020 UPCOMING RELIGIOUS EDUCATION DATES OF IMPORTANCE

REGULAR CLASSES: Wednesdays, 6:00 TO 7:30 pm

NO CLASSES: November 27, 2019, December 25, 2019, January 1, 2020, and March 25, 2020

VIRTUS TRAINING DATES: Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at 6:00 pm
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at 6:00 pm

2nd Grade Parent Meeting: September 11, 2019, at 6:15 pm

Religious Education begins September 18, 2019, with 6:00 pm Orientation/Info
Night and Prayer.

Regular classes begin following week (September 25, 2019) at 6:00 pm.

8th Grade MANDATORY Commitment Mass: September 14, 2019, at 4:00 pm (with
sponsor and/or parent)
8th Grade MANDATORY Speaker/Event (after Mass): September 14, 2019, at 5:00 pm (Student & Sponsor; parents may also attend.)

7th Grade MANDATORY Confirmation Student/Parent Meeting/Commitment:
October 2, 2019, at 6:15 pm

Family Mass: October 6, 2019, at 11:30 am (Family Service Activity available at Family First Sunday.)

Family Mass: November 24, 2019, at 11:30 am (Port Ministries Collection and Service
Activity afterwards.)

1ST RECONCILIATION: December 14, 2019, at 9:30 am

Parish/Religious Ed Advent Reconciliation Services: December 11, 2019 at 6:15 pm

8th Grade MANDATORY Student/Sponsor Mass: January 5, 2020, at 11:30 am with
retreat following.

Catechetical Resource Day: January 26, 2020, at St. Julie Billiart Parish

Family Mass: February 2, 2020, at 11:30 am

Confirmation Reconciliation: February 19, 2020 (during Religious Ed)

Ash Wednesday: February 26, 2020, 6:15 pm Mass, Youth Ministry Collection

Confirmation Rehearsal MANDATORY: February 27, 2020 at 6:15 pm

CONFIRMATION: February 29, 2020, at 6:00 pm, Bishop Andrew Wypych

Operation Rice Bowl Sunday and Family First Sunday: March 1, 2020

2nd Grade MANDATORY First Communion Retreat: March 7, 2020, 12:30pm to 2:00 pm

Parish/Religious Ed Lenten Reconciliation Services: March 18, 2020

Rel. Ed. Family Night: Living Stations Dress Rehearsal: April 8, 2020, in Church at
6:00 pm

Last Day of Classes/Family Evening: April 15, 2020

First Communion Rehearsal: Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 6:15 pm

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: April 26, 2020 at 11:30 am (First Communion photos & set-up beforehand in PLC)


FREE TUITION

To help defray tuition for Religious Education class, Confirmation retreat & First Communion sacrament fees, the parish offers the P.A.R.T. program. You can purchase PART certificates after Masses on Sunday or in the Parish office during the week. This is a fundraiser for the school and you.

The discount of 50% of the profits from each card you buy goes into your account quarterly. The amount in your account can be set aside for tuition this year or next or another educational institution of your choice.

If you have any questions about this program, just give us a call at 708-532-8211.





2019-2020 PARENT MEETINGS AND SACRAMENT DATES


SACRAMENT OF FIRST RECONCILIATION:*
1st Reconciliation Parent Meeting:
Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 6:15 pm
Sacrament of 1st Reconciliation:
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 9:30 am

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:*
1st Communion Parent Meeting: Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 6:15 pm
1st Communion Student/Parent Retreat and Mass: Saturday, March 7, 2020,
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
1st Communion Rehearsal: Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 6:15 pm
1st Communion Mass: Sunday, April 26, 2020, at 11:30 am


CONFIRMATION:
7th Grade/First Year Preparation:
7th Grade/First Year Preparation Service Activity: November 24, 2019, after 11:30 am Mass
7th Grade MANDATORY Confirmation Student/Parent Meeting/Commitment: October 2, 2019, at 6:15 pm
Spirit/Service/Youth Day: Pending

8th Grade/Second Year Preparation:
8th Grade MANDATORY Commitment Mass: September 14, 2019, at 4:00 pm (with sponsor and/or parent)
8th Grade MANDATORY/ Speaker/Event (after Mass): September 14, 2019, at 5:00 pm (student and sponsor; parents may also attend.)
Spirit/Service/Youth Day: Pending

Confirmation Rehearsal: Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 6:15 pm
Confirmation: Saturday, February 29, 2020, at 6:00 pm

Student preparing for Confirmation and First Communion will be invited to participate in the
Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to receiving their sacrament.

ADDITIONAL DATES ACCORDING TO INFORMATION AT PARENT MEETINGS.
Service opportunities will be shared as information comes in.

*Parents of students making First Holy Communion must attend all
First Reconciliation events as well.




The following videos (Mass - The Heart of the Matter; A New Mission for a Missionary People) came about as a part of a synod held within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. All are encouraged to explore that site to gain a new energy to renew their faith. This link will bring you to these videos and to the overall website. Please free free to explore and share with family and friends.

http://www.archmil.org/Synod2014/Videos.htm



RELIGIOUS EDUCATION HOURS

SUMMER HOURS (MAY - AUGUST):
Monday - Thursday: 8 AM to 1 PM


SCHOOL YEAR HOURS (SEPTEMBER - APRIL):
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8 AM to 1 PM
Wednesday: 4 PM to 8 PM



Angela Kvasnica
Coordinator of Religious Ed.
6670 W. 176th St.
(In the Fr. Don Cahill Center)
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 532-8211
Fax: (708) 532-3372
E-mail: religioused@stgeorge60477.org

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