Religious Education

 

Welcome to Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Faith Formation Program!

 

All Religious Education Classes Have Been Canceled Until Further Notice per Diocesan Directives

 

The Diocese of Joliet has created a resource for families, produced in English and in Spanish, designed to help all parents draw their families into a deeper relationship with: God, one another, and with friends.  Although families cannot attend Mass, it is our hope that parents will lead their families to honor the Lord's Day and focus together on what is really most important. 
The Sunday Resources will be posted here:
     March 22:          English
                               Spanish


We are very happy that you and your family are a part of our family.

We believe that the Mass is the “source” from which all catechesis flows, and as such, the Mass is central to our program.  Our weekend sessions begin 30 minutes prior to the Mass, and conclude at the end of Mass so that the Mass is included in the program.

When the students arrive, they will meet with the priest for a special Liturgy of the Word which begins promptly at their start time. The students will then go to their classrooms for the weekly lesson while parents meet for some conversation before Mass starts, then will proceed to the Centrum for Mass.

At the end of the Homily, the students will prepare to enter into the Centrum to join their parents for Liturgy of the Eucharist. The children enter during  the offertory, and are asked to do so quietly and reverently as this is the “summit” or most important part of the Mass.  As such, we ask that you refrain from asking them too many questions at this time, but encourage you to  have those conversations after Mass at home or over your family’s meal.

Pre-school and kindergarten students will sit at the front with their class until the Sign of Peace, at which time the students go back into the classrooms to finish their lesson. Parents will pick up the pre school and kindergarten students after Mass.

Since it is a part of the whole program, if you need to leave before Mass ends, you will have to sign your child out in the attendance office. You may do this at the beginning of the session.  Please remember,  your child’s session does not end until Mass is over.

On Monday evenings, we also start the RE program with Children's Liturgy of the Word, using the Sunday gospel from the day before and break open the word with the students. The 7th and 8th graders may hear the reading  for the day instead of Sunday’s.

Our sessions meet from September through May at the following time:

  • Saturday-5:00-6:30 PM
  • Sunday-7:45-9:15 AM
                 9:30-11:00 AM
                 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
  • Monday-7:00-8:00 PM

We do offer a Family Faith Session that serves as a Home School option.  Families gather once a month; parents or guardians attend this session with their children.

We also have a Special Needs program called CHRISTOS that meets bi weekly.

For more information, call the Religious Education Office at 630-963-3053
We hope that being a part of our program enhances your family’s faith journey!