Religious Education

Train the young in the way they should go; even when old, they will not swerve from it.   Proverbs 22:6

Thank you to the families in our Religious Education Program for a wonderful year in religious education and faith formation! 
Parents, you stepped up during this challenging year of remote and virtual learning to bring you and your family into a closer relationship with God and our Church.   Thank you to the Religious Education catechists and teen assistants for your dedication and service in reaching out to assist and mentor families in new and exciting ways.

Religious Program at Annunciation


The Religious Education Program at Annunciation BVM serves parish children and youth grades K-8 who do not attend Catholic school.  Youth in grades 9-12 are invited to assist in the classroom as teen aides.

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm-7:30pm from mid-September to April in the school buildings. Grades K-3 meet in the primary building, Grades 4-8 meet in the upper school building.

RE Registration for the 2021/2022 Program Year

Registration for the 2021/2022 Program year is now open.  Classes will begin on September 22, 2021. 

The plan is to resume on-site classes in September when we begin the new Program year. Families currently on the Religious Ed email list will receive communication of any updates or changes. In addition, updates will be provided in the church bulletin and the Religious Education page of the parish website.  View the 2021-22 RE Program Calendar.

Download 2021-22 Registration Form:

Families enrolled in the RE Program last year may download a registration form for returning families here. New families and anyone interested in receiving a “New Family Registration Form” may download it here or contact the parish office during office hours.

Completed registration forms and payment may be dropped off or mailed to the parish office.

Families enrolled in the Religious Education Program must be registered members of Annunciation parish. A copy of each child’s baptismal certificate is required for students enrolled in the Program. Those transferring from another Religious Education Program must submit a letter from that parish, indicating the years of previous instruction and sacraments received.

In addition, we welcome children who have not received previous instruction.  Upon enrolling, the Program Director and/or Pastor will determine placement.

Sacramental Preparation

At Annunciation, children are invited to receive First Reconciliation and First Communion in the second grade. Youth in grade eight are invited to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.

Children wishing to receive a sacrament must have been involved in a Religious Education Program at Annunciation or in another parish at least one year prior to receiving a sacrament. “It is the Policy of the Annunciation Education Commission that all Religious Education students must successfully complete one (1) full year of religious education classes the year prior to as well as the year they receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation”(Policy Number 8).

Children who receive First Reconciliation/Communion are expected to stay involved in our program and in parish life. Youth who are Confirmed are expected to remain active in their faith and the faith community of Annunciation. High school youth seeking the sacrament of Confirmation, please contact the Director of Religious Education, Mark Fletcher.

RCIA

If you have a child who has not received Baptism and/or Reconciliation, Communion or Confirmation and is above the grade level indicated to receive the sacrament, we welcome you!

Prior to the start of the Program year, we will set up a meeting to determine proper placement and a plan for sacramental preparation.

High School age youth, please contact our RCIA Director, Mary Glosson, at the parish office, to set up a meeting with her, Father Patrick and Mark Fletcher, the Director of Religious Education, to create a plan for sacramental preparation.

Volunteer

Religious education relies on the assistance of both adults and teens.  If you would like information about volunteering in the Religious Education Program, please contact the Director. We need both adults and teens.

All RE Program volunteers must have completed all Diocese of Rockford Safe Environment forms and guidelines prior to volunteering in the Program.

Questions?

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Director of Religious Education, Mark Fletcher, at the parish office 630-851-1436 or email Mfletcher@RockfordDiocese.org