Our Religious Education Program

Karie Ferrell, Director of Faith Formation
kferrell@stmaryevanston.org(847) 864-0333 ext 203
Our program (PreK-High School) is a family-centered program offering two options to meet the needs of your family. We use the Finding God textbook series from Loyola Press to help families integrate the rites and traditions of the Catholic Faith into their daily lives and raise awareness that the life of the Church is in our homes, our workplaces, the life of our communities, in the world.
Our Parish Responds to the Corona Virus Pandemic
Based on the current guidelines from the CDC, local health departments, following the directives of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the “shelter-in-place” order by Governor Pritzker, the following changes to our parish activities and programs are in effect until further notice.
Our R.E.Program becomes a Home-Study Program for the rest of the year. On-site classes are cancelled for the rest of the program year.
     March 22: Our First Sunday of Homestudy
                       [click here] for an introduction and simple lesson plan.
     March 29: Unit 5, Session 21 For Family Lesson Plans [click here]
                       Choose the grade level,
                       then under “At-Home Editions” click Unit 5
                       Download: [Family Guide]
                       Download: [Textbook Pages, K-6th]
                       Download: [The Saints – For Unit 5]
     April 5 & April 12: Palm Sunday & Easter Sunday
     April 19:    Unit 5, Celebrating Easter, Lesson 25
                         Download: [Textbook Pages, Easter, Lesson 25]
                      Unit 5, Session 22 For Family Lesson Plans [click here] 
                         Download: [Textbook Pages, Lesson 22]
     April 26:    Unit 5, Session 23 For Family Lesson Plans [click here]
                          Download: [Textbook Pages, Lesson 23]
     May 5:      Unit 5, Session 24 For Family Lesson Plans [click here]
                          Download: [Textbook Pages, Lesson 24]
Public Celebration of the Holy Mass is suspended until further notice. We have received notice that there will be no public liturgical celebrations through Easter Sunday, April 12, but we do not have an official date when we will be able to gather again to celebrate mass. Information regarding First Communion will be sent as soon as we receive further directives.
The Church and the Parish Center are CLOSED until further notice. The pastoral staff is working from home until further notice, but I am still available to you by phone and email.
No Baptisms will be scheduled until further notice.
Registration Forms, Class Schedule & Family Handbook will be available to download May 10, 2020. 
Sunday Morning Program: Classes for children, preschool through 6th Grade, who attend public or secular private schools. Classes meet Sunday Mornings mid-September to May in the Parish Center.
     Session A: Preschool through 2nd Grade, 9:15-10:30 a.m.
     Session B: 3rd Grade through 6th Grade: 10:45 a.m.-Noon
Monday Night Junior High & High School Programs: Classes for adolescents, 7th and 8th Grades and High School, who attend public or secular private schools. Classes meet Monday Evenings mid-September to May in the Parish Center
     Class Sessions: 7th and 8th Grades, High School, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Directed Home-Study Option: For families whose situations make participation in our on-site classes difficult or impossible. We offer this option under the direction of the Director of Faith Formation and with permission of the Pastor.
Sacramental Preparation: All the children of our parish, whether they participate in our religious education program or attend our parish school, Pope John XXIII, come together with their families to prepare to celebrate the sacraments. 1st through 2nd Grade is the usual age to prepare to celebrate First Reconciliation and First Communion; 7th through 8th Grade is the usual age to prepare for Confirmation. Older children and teens are integrated into both of these programs, no matter what age they begin, we have a program for them.