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FAITH FORMATION/SACRAMENT PREPARATION

 

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Religious Education Office

 

Michelle Dal Pino, Religious Education Coordinator

 

519 Ashland Ave

River Forest, IL 60305-1824

 

PH: (708) 435-8960

FAX: (708) 771-8809

EMAIL: mdalpino@stlukeparish.org

 

 

 

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St. Luke Parish will have the First Eucharist celebrations in 2020 at two Masses at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 25. Relatives should check with the families of the First Communicants to confirm which Mass they should attend.

 

 

  
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St Luke Religious Education Office

To visit the Religious Education Office, come to the gray double doors on Lake Street at the southeast corner of the school building and ring the doorbell.

If no one answers, you may drop off any religious education forms and fees at the St. Luke Parish Rectory, 528 Lathrop Avenue (first building north of the church).

 

 

  
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 Eucharist: The Sacrament of Unity

 

 "The Eucharist is the center and heart of Christian life for the universal Church and for each Christian. All that pertains to Christian Life leads to the Eucharist celebration or flows from it." 

                                                             ~ Sharing the Light of Christian Faith

 

In the Eucharist, Jesus invites us to join Him in this meal with God's family, the Christian community. The example of parents and family members in attendance and participating at Sunday Mass each week is a powerful and an important living example to children. 

 

 "We, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf."

                                                         ~ 1 Corinthians 10:17

 


 Requirements for the Reception of the Sacrament of Eucharist

 

Children who display the proper readiness will be permitted to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist. The formal religious education will be within the parish program. The informal preparation and guidance takes place within the home. The following are the guidelines and requirements:

  • The child must be baptized (or made a Profession of Faith) prior to the reception of the sacrament.
  • A baptismal certificate is to be presented upon registering for the sacrament.
  • The child must understand the following basic concepts:                                                                   

          a.   Who God is

          b.   Who Jesus is

          c.   What Jesus' life is about

          d.   Have a desire to participate in the Mass and to receive the Eucharist

          e.   Have the ability to distinguish ordinary bread from the Eucharist

 

  • Parental involvement in the preparation of the child is extremely important, necessary and valuable.
  • ALL children must attend and participate in the 1st and 2nd years (not including kindergarten) of religion classes, before they receive the sacrament. Note: Home Catechesis cannot be done in the 2nd year.
  • Regular attendance at classes and special liturgies is necessary and extremely important.
  • Regular church attendance on Sundays and Holy Days is essential and presumed for all candidates and their parents.

 

 

 Eucharist Fee of $125.00 must be paid before Eucharist Weekend.

 

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The 2019-2020 Registration Packets for the Religious Education Program can be downloaded from the links below. Please note that there are two separate packets this year: one for families who are enrolling for the first time and the other for those returning from last year.

 

The forms are in Adobe Acrobat format. You can print the forms at home, fill them out by hand, and mail them or drop them off to us. Or you can save the form to your computer, fill out the forms using the Acrobat program or Acrobat Reader, and print them out or email them back to us. (NOTE: you must download the form to your computer first if you plan to type in the forms on your computer. By opening it in the Acrobat program, the fillable spaces will appear and you can save your copy with all your information.)

 

Please let us know if you have any questions.

  
 
 
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