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:  [email protected]; Telephone (708) 301-3020, ext. 18.

 

 


 “We will not conceal them from their children, But tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done." - Psalm 78:4

 

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.

 

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!!

The Religious Education Program operates with over 50 volunteers and we need extra help in the coming year.  If the classes are not staffed, we have to create a waiting list until volunteers are found.  Volunteers receive a discount on their tuition.  All volunteers over 18 are background checked and take a class on preventing child sexual abuse.  All Catechists must be over 18.  High school students who have been Confirmed, may Aide in the classroom.  High school students over 16 may help with traffic control in the parking lot.  Complete a Volunteer Interest form, that is included with your registration materials, if you will help.  Babysitting for volunteers' children is available in the afternoon session.

 

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 7:00-8:30 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.

2019-20 RE Class Schedule (All Wednesdays)

Sept. 11*, 18                      Jan. 8*, 15, 22

Oct. 2*, 9, 16                     Feb. 5*, 12  (Ash Wed. Feb. 26 - no class)

Nov. 6*, 13, 20                   Mar.  4*, 11, 18 

Dec. 4*, 11                        Apr. 1*, 15  (Apr. 8 is Holy Week - no class)

 

*Dates Grades 7 & 8 meet at the same time as Grades 4-6.

 

Grade Level and Family Masses

All students are expected to attend their Grade Level and the two RE Family Masses.

RE Family Mass - Sunday, Sept. 22nd, 11:30 AM and Sunday, March 8th, 11:30 AM

 

Grade 1 - Sun., Feb. 16th, 11:30 AM

Grade 4 - Sun., Jan. 19th, 11:30 AM

Grades 5 & 6, Sun. Dec. 8th, 11:30 AM

 

Other Important Dates

Grades 2 & 3 - First Reconciliation with Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish at St. Bernard's on Sat., Dec. 14th at 10:00 AM.  Rehearsal for First Communion at church on Wed., Apr. 22nd at 5:30 or 7:30 - students AND parents.  First Holy Communion Mass on Sat., Apr. 25 at 10:00 AM or 1:00 PM.

Grade 7 - Required 7th Grade Student & Parent Retreat on Fri., Nov. 8th, 7:00 PM; Required 7th Grade Student Retreat on Sat., Nov. 16th, 9 AM - 12 Noon; Student & Sponsor Retreat on Fri., Jan. 10th, 7:00 PM (Students and Sponsors attend this ONCE in either 7th or 8th Grade); Theology of the Body for Teens & Parents on Wed., Feb. 19th, 7:00 PM (Students and at least one parent must attend in either 7th or 8th Grade).

Grade 8 - Student & Sponsor Retreat on Fri., Jan. 11th, 7:00 PM (Students and Sponsors attend this ONCE in either 7th or 8th Grade); Theology of the Body for Teens & Parents on Wed., Feb. 27th, 7:00 PM (Students and at least one parent must attend in either 7th or 8th Grade); Required 8th Grade Student & Parent Retreat on Tue., Mar. 12th, 7:00 PM; Required 8th Grade Student Retreat on Sat., Apr. 4th 9 AM - 12 Noon.

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR:

CURRENT FAMILIES - Registration NOW UNDERWAY

All families must register each year for Religious Education.  Current families (those who already have children in the program) receive registration packets in the spring.  Forms were sent home with your youngest child (check those HOMEWORK ENVELOPES)  in March. 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).  Tuition is not due until REP Material Pick-up, but your BLUE REGISTRATION form is due BEFORE August 1st.

 

NEW FAMILIES - Registration BEGINNING IN APRIL

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. You may pick up forms at church, but 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 2019-20*

 

1 child                                     $250.00           $275.00 on/after 8/1/19

2 children                                $330.00           $355.00 on/after 8/1/19

3 or more children                  $390.00           $415.00 on/after 8/1/19

 

Communion Fee (Grades 2 & 3 for 2019-20) $ 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

 

 REP WEEKEND (Pick Up Weekend):

Saturday, August 17, 2019 after 4;30 PM Mass

Sunday, August 18, 2019 after 8:30 AM Mass, 10:00 AM Mass, 11:30 AM Mass

All REGISTERED families (a blue Registration Form was turned in before August 1st), may pick up their child's text book, schedule, teacher assignment and can pay tuition.  Tuition is due in full on REP Weekend.  The parish accepts cash, checks, and credit card payments.  REP Weekend is not the time to register new students.  Families who register after July 31st pay higher tuition rates and students might not be able to start class on time.