St. Petronille Religious Education provides evangelization and catechetical instruction for children in Grades 1 through 8. A strong Catholic identity is emphasized as we learn about Jesus Christ and His holy Catholic Church while using the Faith and Life series from Ignatius Press. Families, as the primary educators of their children, are supported with resources and encouragement for living a prayerful and sacramental life.
Preparation for the sacraments is a process which requires two years of Religious Education, per the Diocese of Joliet.
- First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion: Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion generally begins in Grade 1, with reception of the Sacraments occurring in Grade 2.
- Confirmation: Preparation for Confirmation generally begins in Grade 7, with the reception of Confirmation occurring in Grade 8. Our parish prepares St. Petronille School and Religious Education students together, with the assistance of Confirmation mentors, staff, and clergy. A separate registration is required.
- Special Sacrament Preparation: Because sacramental preparation is a process, and not a time-sensitive event, individual sacrament plans may be created for children as needed. These plans will address the sacramental preparation needs of the child and the parents. This additional instruction occurs outside of regular weekly grade level Religious Education classes. For unbaptized children, RCIA adapted for children is provided as needed.
Religious education does not end with the school year! St. Petronille Religious Education strives to offer opportunities for children to engage with and grow in their faith throughout the calendar year.
This summer, Totus Tuus is returning to St. Petronille Parish! Totus Tuus is a Catholic summer youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through catechesis, evangelization, Christian witness and Eucharistic worship. It is open to all children entering Grades 1 through 12 this fall (Fall 2022). This year’s dates are July 24-29, 2022. Please see the registration form below for additional details and contact the Religious Education Office if you have questions or would like to help!