Religious Education


Relgious Education Office: 630-384-0125

Diane Ahlemeyer, Director: 630-384-0138 /

Karen Gulvas, Associate: 630-384-0137 /

Gina Wiedman, Adm. Asst.: 630-384-0125 /

Our Formation Vision.  Faith Formation at St. Daniel the Prophet is a Christ-centered approach to life-long faith development that informs and transforms children, families, individuals — the entire St. Daniel Community — by providing a deeper understanding of Scripture and the traditions of our faith.  Through Eucharistic Liturgy, our religious education curriculum, and the various Adult Faith Formation opportunities, the St. Daniel community, gathered in Christ’s name will work to bring the Reign of God to earth by: Proclaiming and Celebrating Jesus Christ; Living  and Transmitting our faith . . . . . . in support of one another and the larger community in which we live. 

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Our Religious Education Curriculum.  Family Discipleship is a holistic approach to Catholic education and formation at St. Daniel in conjunction with the Our Sunday Visitor curriculum:  Alive in Christ (AIC).  Our program is designed to equip and empower you as parents-  to equip and empower you to go more deeply into and therefore teach more deeply your intimate relationship with Jesus.  It is a four-pronged approach:  Mass, Parent Formation, Child Catechesis, and Living Our Faith.  For an overview click Elements of St. Daniel RE Program.


Forming Disciples

The goal of Catholic religious education is always forming disciples of Jesus.  Parishes that embrace this method move from a parish of maintenance to mission; from status quo to vibrancy- something critical in today’s culture.  Results have shown that it brings people closer to Jesus.   For more information on Family Discipleship, please click There's No Place Like Home.  For more information on Living Our Faith component, please click The Parish is the Curriculum


Grades 1-8:  Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm           

2018-2019 RE Registration Form, please click here.

2018-2019 RE Class Dates, please click here.

2018-2019 Religious Education Parent Handbook please click here.  Updated 11/14/18

2018-2019 RE Student Medical Form, please click here.

2018-2019 RE Special Needs Form, please click here.

2018-2019 RE Required Diocesan Safe Environment Reading please click here.

2018-2019 RE Diocese Acknowledgement Form please click here.

2018-2019 RE Parent Formation Dates please click here.   Updated 11/14/18

2018-2019 RE Head, Heart, Hands Activities please click here.

2018-2019 RE Head, Heart, Hands Reflection Form, please click here.



First Confession & First Communion Sacrament Preparation

First Confessions are celebrated in second grade usually during Advent.  Attendance in both Grades 1 and 2 is required to receive this sacrament.  All Parent and/or Child Sacrament Meetings are REQUIRED.  First Communions are also celebrated in second grade, usually during April.  Attendance in both grades 1 and 2 is required to receive this sacrament.


Confirmation Sacrament Preparation

Confirmation is celebrated in eighth grade, usually during February or March.  Attendance in grades 6, 7, and 8 is required to receive this sacrament.  All Parent and/or Child Sacrament Meetings are REQUIRED.  Older children who have not had the opportunity to receive any or all of the Sacraments are more than welcome to participate in a program specific to their needs and those of the Diocese of Joliet.

      2018-2019 Sacramental Preparation Dates - please click here
           2018-2019 Guide to Confirmation - please click here
Sacrament Gift Bearers - please click here

Additional Formation

Children’s Liturgy of the Word:  Twice a month during the school year, at the 11:00 Mass, children in grades K-4 are invited to hear and learn about the Sunday readings at their own level.  The children are dismissed from Mass after the Opening Prayer and return to their families during Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Festival of Faith:  Each year this intergenerational event for the parish is held focusing on an aspect of our faith.  A meal is provided, experiential learning stations are set up for the children, and meditative prayer experiences are available for adults as well.

Totus Tuus:  Sponsored by the Diocese of Joliet, this nationwide, energetic summer youth program helps inspire in our young people a desire to develop a friendship with Jesus, and in the words of St. John Paul II - totally give themselves to Him.  

Cathedral Days:  This is a great opportunity for our 5th grade students to visit our Diocesan Cathedral, meet other students from our Diocese, learn more about the Church, deepen their understanding of Jesus, and pray together.


For the History of the Religious Education Program at our parish, please click here.  Along with our parish, we are also celebrating twenty-five years of sharing the faith!