CALENDAR FOR
SACRAMENTS

FIRST RECONCILIATION
Parent meeting:
October 23, 2016 at 11:30AM

Reconciliation Service:
April 29, 2017 at 10:00AM


FIRST EUCHARIST
Parent meeting:
October 23, 2016 at 11:30AM

Practice:
May 9, 2017 at 3:30PM

First Eucharist Mass:
May 13, 2017 at 10AM


CONFIRMATION
Confirmandi/Parent/Sponsor meeting:
November 6, 2016 at 11:30AM

Practice:
May 1, 2017 at 3:30PM (Tent.)

Confirmation Mass:
May 4, 2017 at 7:00PM

Religious Education

St. Ann Religious Education Program strives to promote Catholic teachings for students that attend non-Parochial schools. In partnership with the parents, we continue the mission of Jesus Christ through faith formation of all children in the areas of education, worship, community, service and stewardship. Family life in Christ through prayer and participation in weekly Sunday Mass gives us the opportunity to thank God for His many blessings in our lives.

For more information about the program or to register please call Barb Antoskiewicz at the Parish Office at 708-895-6700.

Class Sessions
Classes for students in First through Eighth grade are on Sundays from 8:45a.m. to 10:15a.m. followed by Sunday Mass. Student participation in Sunday Mass IS part of the religious education curriculum.

Classes for students in grades one through eighth is on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunities
If you have a love of your faith and would like to share it, consider becoming a Catechist in the Religious Education Program. Training and Virtus training are provided with ongoing faith formation available through the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Sacraments

Sacrament of Reconciliation
"Catechesis for the Sacrament of Reconciliation first depends on the person's acknowledgement of God's faithful love, of the existence of sin, of the capacity to commit sin, and of God's power to forgive sin and reconcile the sinner with himself and with the Church."

The experience of forgiveness and love in the family prepares the child to learn about the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

"Catechesis for the Sacrament of Reconciliation helps the child to acknowledge God's unconditional love for all of us."

"Catechesis helps children to recognize the presence of good and evil in the world and their personal capacity for both."

"Catechesis helps children explore the meaning of symbols, gestures, prayers, and scripture of the Rite of Reconciliation."

As children develop morally, there are frequent opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Because a child's understanding of God's reconciling forgiveness and mercy is a lifelong process and will continue to grow throughout their life, "children have a right to a fuller catechesis each year." (Quotation from the National Catechetical Directory, #126)

The formation of a child's conscience is the primary responsibility of the parent, "Parents have a grave responsibility to give food example to their children." (Quotation taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2223)

(All other quotations above taken from the National Directory for Catechesis, 2005, pgs. 135-136)

Sacrament of First Eucharist
"Children's preparation for the first reception of the Eucharist begins in the home."
Weekly family participation at the celebration of the Eucharist is one of the necessary times for parents to role model to their children.

"Children who participate with their family in the Mass experience the mystery of the Eucharist in an initial way and will gradually learn to join with the assembly in prayer."

Parents own attitude toward the Eucharist each weekend significantly influences the attitude of the child and teaches its value more profoundly than any other teacher could ever do. Between the ages of six and eight, the child becomes intellectually, psychologically, and spiritually ready to meet Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist.

Emphasis on the second year of religious education classes prepares the child to come to the Lord's Table and to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a family. Family, catechists, priests and the parish community are involved in this preparation through prayer, support, and instruction.

(Quotations taken from the National Directory for Catechesis, 2005, pgs. 126-127)

Sacrament of Confirmation
Suddenly (or so it seems) a child becomes a young adolescent. At this exciting and often challenging stage, parental love and support are especially necessary. The focus in the teen's self-discovery process is the recommitment to the call to live more deeply as a Christian disciple.
Through the sacrament of Confirmation, the young person affirms that, with the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, they want to live a Christian life as a Catholic, bearing witness to Christ in the world.

The reception of the sacrament presupposes a developing understanding of the responsibility to bring good news to the poor and oppressed, bring comfort to the sick, uphold the sacredness of life and work for justice and peace in society.

At St. Ann, the sacrament is currently celebrated in the spring of eighth grade year. Parents and young people are encouraged to make this decision together in prayer, honest reflection and discernment. The young person, with parental guidance, needs to freely choose to confirm the promises of belief made at their Baptism.

Components of Confirmation preparation
Those desiring conferral of the sacrament must do the following:

  1. Attend and participate in a Confirmation Retreat.
  2. Write a letter to the Pastor expressing their desire to be confirmed.
  3. Choose a sponsor and attend a Confirmandi/Parent/Sponsor meeting.
  4. Interview their Sponsor for ongoing communication and support.
  5. Choose and research a Saint/name.
  6. Perform 25 hours of Service, including a Market Day.

Religious Education Board
The Religious Education Program is monitored and supported by a Religious Education Board. The board's purpose is to review and change the curriculum as needed, to help establish and monitor a working budget, to work closely with the Director of Religious Education, and to overall monitor the success of the program.

 

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