The education ministry of the Church is carried out in a variety of ways for St. Nicholas parishioners. In adherence to church teaching, we try to make adult faith enrichment our first priority. Sunday Eucharist, ReLent groups (small groups meeting in people’s homes during Lent), parish retreats, scripture classes, book discussions, and monthly talks/discussions on relevant topics, are some of the varied ways adult faith formation happens at St. Nicholas. Additionally, if you have children preparing for a sacrament or you participate in a liturgical ministry, there are many catechesis opportunities for you. We also sponsor an adult SPRED (Special Religious Education) catechesis group which ministers to adults age 21 and older who have mental and/or physical limitations that warrant extra attention.
PreK through grade school age children can attend the parish school, Pope John XXIII School, or avail themselves of the weekend religious education programs (Sunday in English and Saturday in Spanish or Home Based Catechesis). These programs support a Catholic value system which fosters respect for self, service to others, and a lifestyle of integrity rooted in our baptismal relationship with our loving God.
For more information or to register, please contact José E. Chavez V., Director of Religious Education, by email or at 847.864.1185 x23
St. Nicholas Religious Ed Programs
Religious Education for Children
Parents are primarily responsible for the faith formation of their children. The church offers assistance by providing a structured Religious Education Program for children four to seventeen years old attending non-Catholic schools. These classes provide preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation. Classes are held during the school year in English and Spanish.
Religious Education for children ages four to seventeen attending public school or non-Catholic private schools is held in the school on Sunday. The English classes begin with 9:00 am Mass in the Church or Chapel then continue in the Pope John XXII school until 11:30 am. The Spanish Classes begin at the Pope John XXIII school at 11:30 am and end at the conclusion of the 1:00 pm Mass (Usually 2:00 pm). Classes are held from September through early May. Special events and parents sessions are part of the program. Parishioners are needed as catechists and volunteers. Our program awakens and nourishes a child’s awareness of God present in our life experiences, the world, family, and friends. It is designed to supplement what children learn at home and through regular attendance at Mass.
Please note: Reconciliation/Eucharist and Confirmation each require two years of sacramental preparation per the Archdiocese. Currently, the series being used is the bilingual text Finding God/Encontrando a Dios by Loyola Press.
Register for classes in the 2020-2021 School Year
Classes begin Sunday, October 11, 2020 and end on May 2, 2021. Cut off for registration is September 20, 2020. To register after this date, for the English program please contact Jose Chavez at 847.864.1185 ext 23, and for the Spanish program contact Juanita Tamayo at 847.864.1185 ext 29.
Confirmation is scheduled on April 25, 2021 at 4:00 pm (both English and Spanish)
Eucharist (First Communion) is scheduled for May 1 at 10:00 am in Spanish and 1:00 pm in English