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Religious Education

From the Director of Religious Education

As we enter into another school year, I would like to welcome our new and returning families. I look forward to helping your children know and understand the love of God through Jesus Christ, our Savior, along with the Catechists who give of their time so generously.

On behalf of Fr. Joe and our Catechists, it is a pleasure and joy to serve you and your families. As parents, you are the primary educators of your children in regard to faith formation. I hope that our service to your children in this Religious Education Program will bring about a richer and deeper prayer life within your family as a whole. I encourage you to be active participants in your child’s journey. The Church offers so many opportunities to give of your time, talent and treasure. I look forward to seeing the many avenues in which our Lord will use you to be witnesses to your own children.

If you need to contact me, I can be reached at the Parish Office at 309-798-2098 or by email at God bless you!

Pat Downey, Director of Religious Education

Forms and Volunteer Information – Safe Environment

Click to view forms needed for the Religious Education program or you’re a volunteer looking for further information and the Safe Environment training.

2019/2020 Religious Education Calendar

Parish Religious Education

Religious education in the Catholic Church is done either through attending a Catholic school or by joining the parish religious education program from kindergarten through eighth grade. Through this, we prepare children to receive sacraments: First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. In the Diocese of Peoria, religion classes for public school children begins in kindergarten, and classes are held each year until the Sacrament of Confirmation in eighth grade.

Goals of the St. Patrick Religious Education Program