Religious Education Program

We are a community of families whose children attend a public school and classroom sessions to have an encounter with God through breaking open the Word of God, learning our faith traditions, and discovering God’s work in our lives.

Parents partner with Catechists to be the primary teachers of the faith to their children in this learning model. Our classroom model also includes opportunities for parents to participate in prayer services, service opportunities, and community building events. Our goal is to foster community and allow our students to participate in prayer, retreats and service opportunities in addition to catechetical learning.

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Registration Information

To reserve a place in our program, please register. Forms are available below, in the Parish Center Office or by calling 708-352-2383. You may print out and return completed forms to the Religious Education Office with tuition deposit. Online payments are also accepted (click here to pay). To return the forms, you can scan and email them to bcampbell@stcletusparish.com, drop them off at the Parish Center Office or the Religious Education office, or mail forms to St. Cletus Parish, ATTN: RE Registration, 700 W. 55th Street, LaGrange, IL 60525.
New families need to provide their parish envelope number and a copy of their child’s baptismal certificate.

Note: Grades 1 & 2 and Special Sacraments students must submit a copy of your Baptismal certificate. Registrations without Baptismal certificates will not be accepted or processed. If you submitted a copy last year, you do not need to resubmit another one.

Payments
We are happy to announce online payments are now accepted through our Give Central payment portal. Please have your invoice available to enter the amount you wish to pay.

Non-Parishioners of Saint Cletus Church
If you and your family are not Saint Cletus Church parishioners, you must register before you may enroll your children in the Religious Education Program. You may register at the Parish Center during regular business hours, or after any mass on the weekends in the Narthex of the Church.

Religious Education Class Schedule
Classes begin in September. We will be meeting in-person for the 2022-2023 academic year. Classes will be offered on Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. for students in Grades Pre-3 to 8th Grade. We also have a Monday evening option from 6-7:30 p.m. for students in Grades 1-8.

Sacrament Information

First Reconciliation
First Eucharist
Confirmation

The Sacrament of Penance is a liturgical action instituted by the Church for the reconciliation of sinners to communion with God and with the Church. Catholics are obliged to go to confession to receive the sacrament of penance at least once a year — usually during the Easter season (it used to be called “Easter duty”) — or whenever they are conscious of serious sin. Receiving this sacrament is encouraged at other times, as a means of restoring full unity with God and His Church, and for spiritual growth.
The sacrament consists basically of four acts of the penitent and the priest:

Contrition: First the penitent (the repentant sinner — the root word in “penitentiary”), must be aware of his sinfulness and must be truly sorry (contrite) for his sins. Another word for repentance is “contrition”. He must repent his sins, and seek the sacrament of penance — that is, to go to confession to a priest.

Confession: The penitent confesses to a priest all the sins he can recall — after examining his conscience — that he has not confessed before. The confession is entirely private — the priest-confessor never reveals anything the penitent confesses. Traditionally confession takes place in the “confessional”, a small room where the priest and penitent are separated by a screen to assure complete privacy and anonymity. It is also permissible, if both the priest and penitent agree, to administer and receive the sacrament of penance “face to face” in another room in the church reserved for this purpose. The sacrament can take place elsewhere, in an emergency.

Act of Penance: The priest-confessor proposes certain actions — penance — for the penitent to perform. This may be saying certain prayers and/or performing some other fitting action. The person who performs this penance thus shows his sorrow for his sinful acts. This helps him to overcome his faults, and the harm his sins have caused others — to be reconciled with them and with the Church, and to return to behavior consistent with being a disciple of Christ.

Absolution: After the penitent accepts the acts of penance, the priest, by the authority that the Church has given him (see the quote from John 20:22, 23 above), absolves the sinner; that is, he grants God’s pardon for the sins.

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