Baptisms are scheduled on every Sunday at 1:30 PM and at one of the weekend masses on the fourth weekend of the month. Baptism preparation class is necessary.
Religious education is offered for grades K-8 on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.
Preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as penance) for the first time is an exciting time. It is a time for focus on God’s mercy, how we forgive among our family, friends, and community, and how we celebrate forgiveness.
First Eucharist is one of the sacraments of initiation and is usually celebrated in second grade at our parish. First Eucharist is celebrated during the Easter season at a special Eucharistic celebration on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Children must take part in sacramental preparation, either in Religious Education or at our parish school prior to receiving this sacrament.
The sacrament of Confirmation, along with Baptism and Eucharist, is one of the three sacraments of initiation. At Confirmation the Holy Spirit strengthens the baptized Christian and endows her or him with gifts to enable us to carry out our mission to be Christ in the world and to continue building God’s kingdom. To be fully a member of the Catholic Church, one needs to be baptized, confirmed and receive first Eucharist.
Spred (Special Religious Development) is a method of religious education. We gather in small faith communities to foster friendships while growing in our faith journeys together. Along with neighboring parishes’ Spred groups, we invite friends to age groups starting with age 6-10, followed by 11-16, 17-21, and 21 years to end of life. Any interest to explore this method of religious education for a family member or as an adult volunteer catechist, partnered to each invited friend in a Spred group, please contact us: Stephanie Dragovich at (773)988-809 or Pat Woodhouse at email@example.com.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA):
For unbaptized persons or baptized persons interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and the process of becoming a Catholic, please call the rectory at (773 )588-6484 or Daniel Hughes the Director of Catechesis at 773-509-3830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Children's Liturgy of the Word is offered during the Sunday morning 10:30 Mass. It is geared towards children who have not received their first communion. The children of the parish are invited by Father after the Opening Prayer to follow the Prayer Leader (Catechist) to a room where they can participate in age appropriate activities using the Children's weekly bulletins. They return to the congregation after the Creed.
St. Benedict Parish reflects the true presence of Christ and His church in our community. Our faith is the foundation of our parish. Upon this foundation rest our schools and an abundance of community ministries. In the daily life of our parish, parishioners and staff, individually and collectively, answer Christ’s call to love and service, and St. Benedict’s example of prayer and work. Strengthened by the Holy Spirit, we serve our church, our schools, our community, and the Universal Catholic Church.