St. Bernard's Religious Education Program

St. Bernard's Religious Education Office is located with the Parishes offices at 14135 S. Parker Road, Homer Glen IL 60491.  NEW PHONE:  (708) 301-3020.

 

Director of Religious Education, Mrs. Patricia Bass; email:  st.bernardsrep@comcast.net; Telephone (708) 301-3020, ext. 18.

 

 


 “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.  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 Rectory across from Old Oak Golf Course on Parker Road.  REP office hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  The office is not staffed on Wednesday class days because we are at church, but you may leave a message which will be picked up on Thursday.  To call in an absence, please call the church phone number, (708) 301-2301 between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM on class days only. Evening and weekend hours are available by appointment.  Please call to schedule.

 

TOTUS TUUS SUMMER PROGRAMS

The Diocese of Joliet offers the Totus Tuus summer programs for children in Grades 1-12.  St. Bernard's partners with Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish here in Homer Glen.  The Teen Program (going into Grades 7-12) takes place at OMGC, 16043 South Bell Road, Homer Glen, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Sunday, July 15th to Thursday, July 19th.  The Grade School Program (children going into Grades 1-6; sorry no Kindergartners) takes place at St. Bernard's, 13030 W 143rd Street, Homer Glen, from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday, July 16th to Friday, July 20th.  Children in Grades 1-6 will need to bring a snack, a drink and a lunch with them every day.  All registrations are taken online through the Diocese of Joliet website:

Click Here to Register for Totus Tuus

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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES FOR GRADES 1-6 and CONFIRMATION PREPARATION FOR GRADES 7-8

Religious Education classes for Grades 1-6 meet 2-3 Wednesdays per month at the church building.  Grades 1-3 meet from 4:30-6:00 PM and Grades 4-6 meet from 7:30-8:30 PM.  Grades 7-8 meet once-per-month at the same time as Grades 4-6.  Families must be registered parishioners of St. Bernard's in order to enroll their children in RE.  All children in the family are expected to be enrolled from Grade 1 through Confirmation.  Contact the Religious Education Office at (708) 301-3020 for more information.

 

Confirmation Interviews

Students who have completed all their preparations were sent a letter in June with the date and time of their interview in July.  Interviews are scheduled for July 10th or 24th only.  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. 

Confirmation Date

We received the date for Confirmation from the Diocese of Joliet.  The Rite of Confirmation will take place within Mass on Saturday, October 6, 2018, 10:00 AM at St. Bernard Church, 13030 W 143rd Street, Homer Glen.  Attendance at Confirmation Rehearsal is required on Sunday, September 30th at 1:30 PM.  Students from St. Mary Magdalene and St. Bernard Parishes in Joliet will be joining the students from St. Bernard - Homer Glen.  Sponsors are encouraged (but not required) to attend Rehearsal.  Parents are welcome, but not required to attend.

 

CURRENT FAMILIES - Registration

All families must register each year for Religious Education.  Current families (those who already have children in the program) received registration packets in the spring.  Forms were sent home with your youngest child (check those HOMEWORK ENVELOPES) in March.  Students in Confirmation who do not have a younger sibling received forms at April's class.  If your child did not attend Confirmation class in April, forms were mailed to you.  If you need another form, pick one up from church after Mass or stop by the office during the week.  To add a new First Grader, fill out their information and attach a copy of their BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE.  (Please note that new First Graders cannot be added to the system without a Baptismal Certificate.)  To avoid a tuition increase and to ensure your child begins class on time, return your form BEFORE AUGUST 1st.  (Tuition goes up on 8/1/18).  Tuition is not due until REP Weekend, August 25th and 26th, but your BLUE REGISTRATION form is due BEFORE August 1st.

 

NEW FAMILIES - Registration

All new families must be registered with the Parish before we can register you with Religious Education. You can take care of this when you come to register for RE.  We ask that you register in person at the Rectory, 14135 S. Parker Road, Homer Glen during the week.  We need a copy of the BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE for every child your are registering.  If children are transferring from another Parish or Catholic school, we need TRANSFER PAPERWORK from that Parish or school.  Please plan on spending at least 30 minutes with us so we can go over some important information with you.  We ask new families for a $25 non-refundable Registration fee that we apply to your tuition.

 

TUITION and FEES

Tuition is paid each year a student is enrolled in the program Grades 1-8  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.  Discounted tuition is available for volunteers. 

 

TUITION AND FEES FOR 2018-19*

 

1 child                                     $250.00           $275.00 on/after 8/1/18

2 children                                $330.00           $355.00 on/after 8/1/18

3 or more children                  $390.00           $415.00 on/after 8/1/18

 

Communion Fee (Grade 3) $ 50.00

Confirmation Fee (Grade 8) $ 60.00

New Family Registration Fee (credited to tuition) $25 (non-refundable)

*Tuition is discounted for volunteers – see registration form