Children's Classes

Karen Gulvas, Education Director:
Judy Badger, Education Secretary:

Our Vision. Religious Education starts with adults who have experienced Christ, who have decided to follow Christ, and who earnestly want to share Christ with others, especially with the young people of our parish community.  We extend a warm invitation to our parents to participate in the ChristLife program of our parish, as the foundation for their personal and family lives.  Please refer to the ChristLife section of this website for more  information.  

Our parish grade school program starts first with the parents, enabling them to know and love their Catholic Christian faith more deeply, so that they can share that faith with their children more personally.  Our program continues with developing knowledgeable and skilled Catechists who can effectively assist the parents in sharing their Catholic Christian faith with their children.  This is done through our classroom curriculum.

Our program seeks to fully initiate young people into the Catholic Church so that, at an age-appropriate level, they may continue to experience Christ, follow Christ, and share Christ, as graduates of our grade school program.  Our program is built on the foundation of families who attend Mass together each week, who are serious about living their daily lives as Catholic Christians, and who are active participants in the programs of our parish.

Our program introduces junior high students to activities that will encourage them to join our senior high youth ministry program, so they might discover their age-appropriate roles of service in our parish community.  Finally, our grade school program wants to produce graduates who will continue to practice their Catholic Christian faith throughout their lives and, one day in the future, share that faith with their own children.

Children’s Program. Our children’s grade school religion program meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., as scheduled from September through March.  Parent meetings are held monthly during these class times.  Our eight-year program requires anyone who has missed any part of our program to make up for that material by independent study and examination by our parish education staff.  Otherwise, sacraments may be delayed.  First Confession and First Communion are usually celebrated in second grade.  Besides the classes for students, and the monthly parent meetings, there are additional meetings for second grade students and for their parents.  Confirmation is usually celebrated in eighth grade.  Besides the classes for students, and the monthly parent meetings, there are additional meetings eighth grade students and for their parents.

Registration and Scheduling. Information about the current year’s schedule of classes and current tuition rates can be found in the documents library on the right side of this page.  Financial aid is available.  Registration is held in the spring in preparation for the fall start of classes.  This is necessary for the ordering of the right number of books and materials for the students, as well as for the recruitment of their catechists.  If a student has missed any part of our eight-year program, their registration for a particular grade level is contingent upon a covenant for independent study and examination by the Education Director.  New students who were NOT baptized at St. Daniel Church need to provide their baptismal certificate.  Thank you for letting us help you share your Catholic Christian faith with your children through participation in our parish grade school religion program.  Together we can help form the next generation of Catholic Christians. 


First Confession / First Communion Program

First Confessions are celebrated in second grade in the first semester.  Attendance in both Grades 1 and 2 is required to receive this sacrament.  All Parent and/or Child Sacrament Meetings are also required.  First Communions are also celebrated in second grade on the Second Sunday of Easter.  Attendance in both grades 1 and 2 is required to receive this sacrament.  Grades 3, 4, and 5 further explain these sacraments.

Confirmation Preparation Program

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 received all of their Sacraments are welcome to participate in a program specific to their needs and the requirements of the Diocese of Joliet.

Other Youth Programs

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.  Totus Tuus is offered in nearby locations.

Cathedral Days:  This is a great opportunity for our fifth grade students to visit our Cathedral in Joliet, meet other students from our Diocese, learn more about the Church, deepen their understanding of Jesus, and pray together with other youth.  This program is in cooperation with other parishes.

Youth Ministry:  Our religious education students are encouraged to join Youth Ministry, especially after making their Confirmation.  Please go to the Youth Ministry page of this website for more information about Youth Ministry programs in our local area as well as throughout our diocese.

More Information:  Please contact our religious education office for more information about all our parish educational programs.  Religious education is a process of lifelong learning and spiritual growth that draws us closer to Jesus Christ.  Let us all grow closer together!

New Life in Christ: All of us are called to a deeper relationship with Christ in the community of his Church.  To learn more about growing in faith, hope, and love through prayer, education, and service as a Catholic Christian, please click here.