Religious Education

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Religious Education and Sacrament Preparation Children and Youth

Deacon Joseph Thuan Than from St. Henry will be interim director of religious education for 
our parish, Holy Child Jesus. He will be aided by Cynthia (Cindy)Shaw from St. Timothy and Cynthia Splatt from St. Margaret Mary. Please keep this team in your prayers!

GENERAL NOTES:The young people must  always complete a  two- year process of preparation for each sacrament of initiation. They are highly encouraged to attend in the intervening years to continue to deepen their faith.

*Baptism:   If your child is younger than 7 years old, please register for classes for the parents and to schedule the reception of the sacrament. Children who are 7 years and older must register in Religious Education classes, and the Baptism will be scheduled when the child has a basic understanding of the faith. 

*First Eucharist:

  • Children must be at least 7 years old to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion and can start the program in first grade if he/she is mature enough to understand the presence of Christ in the Eucharist and is 6 years old by September 1.
  • Both sacraments are received in the 2nd year, with Reconciliation during Advent in December or Lent in the spring and First Eucharist in May or June.
  • Regular attendance at Sunday Mass with the family is mandatory.
  • Children must register in the  Religious Education preparation classes for the two year period .


  • Young people may start the two year process for Confirmation preparation in 7th grade.
  • The sacrament will be received during the 2nd year of preparation in May or June.
  • The young people who will be confirmed choose to live a Christian life of service and prayer and commit to ongoing formation and participation regularly at Mass.
  • Regular attendance at Sunday Mass with the family is mandatory.
  • Children must register in the  Religious Education preparation classes for the two year period. 


What Will the Religious Education Program Look Like This Year, 2020-2021?

This year’s Religious Education program will differ greatly from that of previous years due to the uncertainty brought by the coronavirus pandemic.  Classes will be family catechesis at home, supported by monthly Zoom-based classes based on the Finding God textbook materials created by Loyola Press. 

 2020-2021 Religious Education Plan

Summary of Key Features

  1. We meet on Zoom one Saturday a month for about an hour.
  • This monthly meeting includes a presentation to prepare you for the coming month's topics. Students may attend the first part of the meeting with their parents.
    • Meetings will be recorded (per safe-environment guidelines) and will be available upon request to families unable to attend on a day.
  1. On the other (two) three weeks of the month, families designate their own Religious Education time, and work together at home. All grade levels cover the same theme each week, but with age-appropriate resources for each child.
  • We will provide you a parent guide for every grade level that will help you ask questions as your children work through their material.
  • Catechists will be available for consultation or support.
  1. The first parent-catechist Zoom meeting will be on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the time jointly agreed upon by parents and catechists.
  1. The last at home class will be during the week of March 21-27, 2021. However, 2nd  year First Communion and  2nd year Confirmation students will have additional Zoom classes with catechists in April and May 2021 to prepare for their reception of the Sacraments.
  1. Preschool-K

Until it becomes prudent and possible to have in person classes, we will simply be unable to offer catechesis for Preschool-K children.

  1. Tuition & Fees

Tuition is waived this school year.  However, there is a textbook fee of $25.00 per student.  Sacramental Preparation Fee (2nd year First Communion and Confirmation students only is TBD.) 

  1. Registration: or (312) 219-6332