2020-2021 Religious Education Update

 

Based on the current Archdiocesan requirements in response to the ongoing pandemic, we will be holding our Religious Education classes
on-line for the 2020-21 year.  This is necessary to ensure that we can provide the safest environment for our children and our catechists.

 

This is certainly a new way of doing things for us, however, it is necessary at this time.  As a result, things will look a lot different for this year.  

 

Parishes are still awaiting some final guidance from the Archdiocese with regard to the requirements for delivering online religious education programming this year.

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2020 - 2021 YEAR IS CLOSED.

 

Our Program 

Our Religious Education Program offers classes for the children beginning with Kindergarten and continuing through Confirmation.  In addition we offer a Special Education (GIFT) Program and a Summer Bible Camp.

 

We offer RCIA for children between 7-17 who have not been baptized.

We also offer RCIA and Sacramental preparation for adults 18 and older.

 

RCIA Classes for adults are scheduled based on the needs of the individual.  Weekend, Weekday and Evening classes are possible.  You can find a registration form below.  Contact  us  for more information on RCIA.

 

Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist requires two years of classes prior to the reception of the Sacraments per Archdiocesan policy.

 

Our program generally prepares students in first and second grade for the reception of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist at the conclusion of second grade.  In cases where a child has not attended first grade religious education, or is in an older grade, we will make arrangements to prepare the child for the sacraments over a two year period.

 

The Sacrament of Confirmation also requires two full years of preparation.  At
St. Matthew, that will generally occur within 7th and 8th grade, for students who have been registered in our program.  Since our program runs from K-8th, we do not have a "Sacraments only" program.  However, individual accommodations may be made when a young person has either been away from religious ed for a while or has not completed the first year of the Confirmation curriculum.  

 

The age for Confirmation is set by the parish in accordance with Archdiocesan mandates.  For those who have been enrolled in our program, and who are members of our parish, Confirmation may be conferred in 8th grade.  However, if the family has been attending another Religious Education program, is a member of another parish, or has not been in Religious Education during 6th grade, the family will need to contact us to arrange a meeting to see if we can accommodate the teen.  We have a very limited number of spaces reserved for new seventh graders and priority for those spaces is given to families who have recently moved into the area. Ordinarily, Confirmation should be received in the home parish and we require permission of the home parish to accept transfer students into our program.  

 

Sacramental preparation at St. Matthew occurs within our curriculum. We do not accept preparation from parent homeschooling for Sacramental preparation.  Families with extenuating circumstances should contact us right away to see if appropriate accommodations can be made.

 

Please contact the Religious Education office if accommodations are needed.

 

 

Forms and Information

 

Confirmation Packet Forms

  • Confirmation Homework Packet

  • Confirmation Service Hour Form

  • Confirmation Sponsor Form

  • Confirmation Registry Form

 

Class Syllabus Examples 

 

 

 

St. Matthew Parish --1001 E. Schaumburg Rd. -- Schaumburg, IL  60194 -- 847.891.1220