St. Bernard's Religious Education Program

The REP Office is MOVING!

Effective July 12, 2017 the REP Office will move from the Arboretum address to the Rectory at 14135 S. Parker Road.  Our phone number will currently remain the same, but may change within the year.  All NEW family registrations and re-enrollment forms are due BEFORE August 1st to avoid a tuition increase.  (You may still register or re-enroll after August 1st, but you will pay a higher tuition rate and your child might not begin classes on time.)  Forms may be mailed or placed in the collection basket at a weekend Mass (please put forms in an envelope addressed to REP).  You may visit us at our new office, but please understand that it will take us time to unpack and get settled.  We appreciate your cooperation.



Phone:  (708) 301-6952  - This number may change within the year.

Director of Religious Education, Mrs. Patricia Bass; email:

Director of Youth Ministry, Mrs. Mary Ponschke;  email:


 “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." - Mark 10:14


Welcome to St. Bernard's Religious Education Program.  We offer faith formation opportunities for children of registered parishioners in public schools Grades 1-8 and high school youth ministry.  Children of parishioners in Catholic school are welcome to attend sacrament preparation classes along with our public school students. Our office is located in the Pebble Creek subdivision (behind Culver Park).  Office hours are 9AM to 3:30PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  The office is only open 9AM to 11AM on Wednesday class days.  Evening and weekend hours are by appointment only.



In conjunction with Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish, we are offering Totus Tuus again this summer.  The Grade School program will take place during the day at St. Bernard's from Monday, July 17th to Friday, July 21st.  The Junior and Senior High program will take place at Our Mother of Good Counsel during the evenings of Sunday, July 16th to Thursday, July 20th.  Registration forms may be mailed or dropped office at the Religious Education Office.

2017 Totus Tuus Information and Registration Form

For more information on Totus Tuus, click here TOTU TUUS SUMMER PROGRAM




Religious Education classes for Grades 1-6 have concluded for the school year.  Re-enrollment forms from current families and registration forms for new families are due to the Religious Education Office as soon as possible.  ALL New and Current Families MUST register or re-enroll by August 1, 2017 to avoid a tuition increase.  Registration forms are available at church or at our office.  Call us for more information, (708) 301-6952.



Confirmation classes have concluded for the school year.  We do not yet have a date from the Diocese for Confirmation in the fall.  We hope to communicate this information during Confirmation interviews in July.

All new students (7th Grade and transfers) MUST attend orientation with a parent before beginning the Confirmation Program.  This year's Orientation takes place on Tuesday, September 12th from 7:00-9:00 PM.  New students will register for their first class at Orientation.  Students are not admitted to class unless they have pre-registered.  Monthly workshops (classes) are on Tuesdays from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at the church building according to the schedule which is published in August.

The next month's class schedule is distributed during class.  Students may only register for workshops or meetings listed on the monthly schedule.  If a student misses class, schedules are available on the table by the North Doors in the church building. Pick one up at daily or weekend Mass.  Phone the Religious Education Office with three class choices by 4PM the day before class OR place the completed registration form in the Collection Basket at weekend Mass.  Email registrations are NOT accepted.  The program is designed to be completed in two years, however students who do not complete their preparations by June of the second year, are permitted to continue on for a third year or until all preparations are met.

Students who have completed all their preparations are contacted, via letter, in June with the date and time of their interview.  If a student cannot attend at his or her assigned time, contact the REP Office as soon as you get your letter.  We will reschedule you.  We will inform students of the date of Confirmation at their interview.  This date is set by the Diocese of Joliet and is communicated to Parishes in early summer.



Tuition is paid each year a student is enrolled in the program Grades 1-6 and for two years in Confirmation.  Sacrament fees are paid in Grade 3 and Grade 8 (or the second year of the Confirmation Program).  New families are asked to pay a $25 non-refundable registration fee that is applied toward tuition.  Please DO NOT EVER let the cost of tuition stop you from registering your children in Religious Education.  There are many options available to families in special circumstances.  Contact the Pastor or the REP Office for information.  The current tuition schedule is as follows:

2017-18 Tuition and Fee Schedule