K-5 Religious Education

chuch-with-fr-john1For Youth Grades K – 5

22The K-5 Religious Education Program strives to catechize our children through sharing the basic elements of the Catholic faith and preparation for the reception of Sacraments.  This is done in a classroom setting using a variety of teaching techniques.  A student that is catechized in the RE Program throughout their elementary school years should finish 5th grade knowledgeable about the following areas:  Traditions and history of the Catholic Church; key stories of Scripture; Catholic morality; Prayer; and the Sacramental life of the Catholic Church. The student will be prepared to move to Junior High Youth Ministry to begin preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Contact: Cathy Gillooly, Director of Religious Education KN through Grade 5
reo@stanneparish.org; 630-554-1425

Grades K-5

Students attend for an hour once a week.  Classes are offered Monday through Wednesday with two sessions each night at 4:30 and 6:00 PM, and one session on Thursday at 4:30 PM.


It is expected that students be enrolled every year to learn all that they need to know about their faith at every age.
Parents are the first and most important catechists in a child’s faith formation.  The single best thing you can do for your child is to attend Mass together each week.

Curriculum Guides







Link to http://aliveinchrist.osv.com/parish

Link to https://www.osvparish.com/TeachingCatholicKids.aspx

Sacramental Preparation

Preparation for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion is a two year program.  This is typically in grades 1 and 2, with Reconciliation being celebrated in November/December and Communion in April/May of 2nd grade.

Children in grades 3-5 who have had no prior religious education must attend RE classes with their age-mates to learn the basics of the faith. In addition, they must attend sacramental preparation classes on several Sundays throughout the year to prepare for Baptism (if needed) and First Reconciliation their first year, and First Communion their second year.

For Sacramental Formation, you can click here to go to our SACRAMENTS page

Liturgy of the Word for Children

Liturgy of the Word for Children is offered during the 9:15 AM Sunday Mass year-round for children in Pre-School through 1st Grade.  The children are dismissed from the Church after the Opening Prayer to process to the Chapel to participate in the Liturgy of the Word using child-friendly language.  During the Presentation of the Gifts, the children return to their families in the Church for the remainder of Mass.

Please note: Children preparing to receive their First Communion and those who have already received First Communion should remain in the Church for the entire Mass rather than attending the Children’s Liturgy.  Thank you

chuch-with-fr-john2SPICE: Special People Included in Catholic Environments

We are all special in God’s eyes. Having a disability does not mean that a person doesn’t have gifts to share. At St. Anne Church, we want all of our parishioners to have the ability to learn the Catholic faith, to grow in their relationship with God, to receive the sacraments, and to love and serve the Lord.

Our Religious Education SPICE program strives to make this possible by providing extra support in the regular RE classrooms and/or working with students one-on-one or in small faith groups as needed.  If you have a child with special needs, please contact the Religious Education Office and we will work with you to make the best placement and adaptions for your child.

As our SPICE program continues to grow, we hope to launch Teen SPICE, a group that invites teens with special needs to explore and deepen their faith through discussion, prayer, activities, and service.  Please contact the Religious Education Office if you have a teen who is interested in joining a group.  Any teen with any special need is welcome, whether they have received their sacraments or not.

Many volunteers are needed for our SPICE program to be successful.  We need people to serve as SPICE catechists and aides, as well as to help get Teen SPICE up and running. We are looking for…

  • Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists
  • Special Education Teachers and Aides
  • Parents of children with special needs
  • Junior & Senior Godparent Program Teens
  • Youth & Young Adults interested in studying Special Education
  • Anyone with patience and a loving heart!

Cathy Gillooly, Director of Religious Education KN through Grade 5
reo@stanneparish.org; 630-554-1425
Jenine Boes, SPICE Coordinator
t.j.boes@att.net; 630-554-2502

Children’s Library

Our children’s library is located in the Joachim Center.  At the current time we have selections that deal with Scripture, Saints, story books, and other titles that are sensitive to major issues that children in the elementary grades sometimes must face.  We also have a few puzzles and VHS/DVD videos available for check-out.  Families are welcome to use the books and puzzles while in the Joachim Center and/or to check out books, puzzles, and videos to take home for a few weeks.

Vacation Bible School

A four day program held annually during June or July for children in Kindergarten through Grade 5.  Adults and youth Grades 6 or older participate as volunteers.  Participants learn about God’s love through crafts, games, skits, music, snacks, and bible stories centered on the year’s VBS theme.

Contact: Cathy Gillooly, Director of Religious Education KN through Grade 5
reo@stanneparish.org; 630-554-1425