Religious Education


Our purpose as the Religious Education Staff of St. Joseph Church in Manteno is to create a protective, loving and committed Catholic-Christian community where each child's faith might become "living, conscious and active through the light of instruction." (National Catechetical Directory)

The St. Joseph Religious Education Program comprises a community of students, catechists with their helpers, parents and clergy, united in genuine love and concern for the purpose of religious formation. The parish staff and its catechists strive to provide a safe and quality Christian environment in which the students can grow in the knowledge and practice of their faith. Nurtured by the sacraments, and inspired by the Word of God as proclaimed in Holy Scripture, we focus our energies on achieving the threefold goals of Catholic education outlined in the bishops' pastoral, TO TEACH AS JESUS DID; namely, to proclaim the message of Jesus (while helping the children to develop a personal relationship with Him as their Savior and friend); to guild a Christian community enlivened by the Holy Spirit; and to explore (and practice) various concrete ways to be of service to the entire Christian community.


Religious Education Class Times
Preschool 1 & 2: Sunday 10:30 - 11:30 am

Kindergarten thru Fourth: Sunday 9 - 10:20 am

Fifth thru Eighth: Wednesday 7 - 8:15 pm

NOTE: There is one fourth grade class that meets on Wednesday.  There is a small number of spots available and admittance is by approval of the CRE.


Jessica Dickson

Coordinator of Religious Educaiton

(815) 468-8116

Kevin Byrnes 

Coordinator of Youth Ministry

(815) 468-3403 ext. 7017


Paige McCormack - PreK Catechist


Jessica Gabrielson - Kindergarten Catechist

Kim Acquaviva - 1st Grade Catechist


Mindy Rauch - 1st Grade Catechist

Ed Leeson - Reconciliation & First Communion Catechist

(815) 468-7419

Angela Meaney - Reconciliation & First Communion Catechist

(815) 302-2610

Carol Hullinger - 3rd Grade Catechist

Kayla O'Donohue - 3rd Grade Catechist


Barb O'Donohue - 4th Grade Catechist


Daisy Sharp - 4th Grade Catechist

Cheryl Olshefski - 5th Grade Catechist


Diane Rewerts - 5th Grade Catechist


Elizabeth Becvar - 6th Grade Catechist

(815) 370-7952

Karen Dove - 6th Grade Catechist


Mrs. Christine - 6th Grade Catechist


Michael Flynn - Confirmation Y1 Catechist

Mary Murphy - Confirmation Y1 Catechist

(708) 691-9500

Mary Burczak - Confirmation Y2 Catechist

(815) 468-0224

Tina DuMontelle - Confirmation Y2 Catechist

(815) 468-8540

MaryJeanne St. Aubin - Confirmation Y2 Catechist





2017-18 REP Schedule

2017-18 Sacramental Schedule

2017-18 REP Parent Handbook

Pastoral Policy Regarding Sexual Abuse of Minors rev. 2013

Standards of Behavior For Those Working with Minors rev. 2014

Parent Guide to Preventing Child Sexual Abuse rev. 2014

Parent Guide to Internet Safety for Children & Teens rev. 2014







We are still taking registrations for the 2017-18 REP year.  Please contact the RE Office to register.

Grades 2 thru Confirmation Y2 will participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliaton durig the Lenten Season.    2nd: February 25, 3rd: March 4, Sunday 4th: March 11, Wednesday 4th, 5th, & 6th: February 28, Confirmation Y1 & Y2: March 7   

Our 5th grade classes will have their "Parent Lesson" on Wednesday, March 7.  At least one parent must attend with their child for this fun filled class. 

Our REP will participate in the Stations of the Cross on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:45 and Sunday, March 18 at 9:10.  Parents are invited to attend.

Our 6th grade classes will have their "Parent Lesson" on Wednesday, March 21.  At least one parent must attend with their child for this fun filled class. 

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