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

Director of Religious Educaiton

(815) 468-8116

Kevin Byrnes 

Coordinator of Youth Ministry

(815) 468-3403 ext. 7017


TBA - PreK Catechist


Paige McCormack - 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

TBA - 3rd Grade Catechist


Barb O'Donohue - 3rd Grade Catechist


Kayla 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

TBA - Confirmation Y1 Catechist


Mary Burczak - Confirmation Y2 Catechist

(815) 468-0224

Tina DuMontelle - Confirmation Y2 Catechist

(815) 468-8540

MaryJeanne St. Aubin - Confirmation Y2 Catechist





2018-19 REP Schedule

2018-19 Sacramental Schedule

2018-19 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 currently registering for the 2018-19 REP year.  To register please contact our RE Office at 815-468-8116 or



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