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.

 

In order to meet the needs of our families, we offer several options for class times:

  • Saturday Mornings-- 9:00am-10:15am -- Kindergarten thru 6th grade 

  • Sunday Evenings-- 7:00pm- 8:15pm -- 4th - 8th Grade​

    • Confirmation 1 (7th) & Confirmation 2 (8th) classes are at capacity​

  • Monday Evenings--7:00pm- 8:15pm-- 1st-8th grade

    • 1st, 4th & 6th Grade classes are at capacity​

 

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 class curriculum. We do not accept preparation from homeschooling or online programs 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

 

 

Bible Camp

  • Bible Camp Registration Form

 

Confirmation Packet Forms

 

Class Syllabus  

 

 

 

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