Train the young in the way they should go; even when old, they will not swerve from it. Proverbs 22:6
Thank you to all our Religious Education Program families who completed the 2019/2020 Religious Education Program year at home. You truly stepped into the role of primary educators of your children.
Fr. Patrick and our “RE Program Team” would like to wish everyone a happy, safe summer!
Annunciation’s Religious Education Program serves all parish children and youth Grades K-8 who do not attend a Catholic School. High school youth are invited to assist as teen aides in the classroom.
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 building.
Registration for the 2020-21 year is currently open.
Religious Education Program classes will begin on September 24, 2020. The hope, of course, is that the ordeal with COVID-19 has been resolved, or at least contained to allow us to meet in a classroom setting. However, there will be a plan in place in the event that programming needs to be modified for a period of time.
We take direction from guidelines issued by the State of Illinois and the Rockford Diocese guidelines. Our guiding principal is to care for the safety of our students, families and program volunteers.
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 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.
Children who have not received previous instruction will be evaluated by the Program director and/or pastor to determine placement.
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 make 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 are invited to remain in the RE Program as classroom aides.
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.
Diocese of Rockford Forms