THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL YEAR....
WE WILL RETURN TO RELIGIOUS ED IN THE FALL
May Crowning was Wednesday, May 3rd, in Our Church
Take Home Sunday's Gospel
Just as Jesus sent his disciples to make disciples, our family, the domestic Church, is called to bear witness to the life of discipleship. That act of witnessing can take many forms. First and foremost our family should call people to discipleship by the example of our love for one another. That example is only the beginning; our love must extend beyond the family, reaching out to others and to the world.
Together with your family, identify one or more ways in which your family lives the life of Christian discipleship. Thank God for the blessing of the opportunity to be able to show God’s love. Then read together the Gospel for Sunday, May 28th, at Matthew 28:16-20. Discuss what Jesus sends his disciples to do. Work together to identify one or more ways in which your family would like to do a better job bearing witness to the life of discipleship. Choose one of those ways and work together to make it happen. Pray as a family for the grace to be witnesses to the world of the life of discipleship. Pray together the Lord’s Prayer.
Some RE 7th Graders Gather at Prayer Table to Celebrate Easter Joy
Fresh flowers, the light from a candle, holy water and God's words bring joy to our 7th graders as they discuss Jesus rising to bring new life to us all.
Thank You for Your Generosity
$600.00 was collected on Holy Wednesday at the end of our Living Stations prayer service. $300.00 has been shared with the Catholic Charities Food Pantry at St. Irenaeus in Park Forest and $300.00 has been shared with the IJP Haiti Mission. Your kindness and generous sharing is greatly appreciated!
RE 8th Graders Learn About the Jewish Roots of our Faith
On April 5th, several of our RE 8th graders visited Temple B'nai Yehuda Beth Sholom in Homewood to learn about the Jewish roots of our faith, and had the opportunity to see the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) unrolled, learn about Jewish worship, and ask many questions of our guides Jerry and Penny Shnay.
Let's Fill our Homes with Thanksgiving and Praise
The children received a Lenten house filled with good ideas on how to fast, pray and share this Lent. All of the collected funds will be shared between the St. Irenaeus Catholic Charities Food Pantry and our IJP Haiti Mission. Thank you for your kindness and generosity this Lent!
Our Parish 8th Graders Are Filled with the Spirit
Our parish 8th graders received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Perry on Saturday, March 11th. Please continue your prayer support for our Confirmandi with the following prayer:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Fr. Edmond Teaches Our RE 1st Graders about the Sacrament of Baptism
The children from Mrs. Babinec's and Mrs. Whitfield's first grade classes learned about Baptism during a special RE class in the church with Fr. Edmond. The children were all smiles as they talked about being welcomed into God's family.
Our 7th Grade RE students spent some time in class on Wednesday discussing Sunday's Gospel
A Day in the Life of RE – February 8th to be exact
First Graders talking about LOVE and making Valentine Cards.
Second Graders moving onto First Communion and the Mass.
Third graders are finishing up their Sacrament Books, talking about Communion and the proper way to receive communion.
Fourth Grade: Bible Fun, notation, stories, make bible markers
Fifth Grade: Rules in the Church and a Scavenger Hunt in Church.
Sixth Grade: Faith sharing continuing
Seventh Grade: Weekly Gospel sheets
Eighth Grade: Confirmation work continuing
Fourth Grade Students Are Blessed to Receive Bibles
The Word of God comes to life as the 4th Grade Students received their Blessed Bibles from their parents. The Bibles were blessed at our Bible Blessing on Wednesday, January 25th, by Fr. Edmond. Mrs. Erin Keigher and Mrs. Juli Mahorney distributed them to the parents who blessed their child with a sign of the cross on the forehead, lips, and heart - just as we do at Mass before the reading of the Gospel. It was an enriching faith experience.
The Beatitudes are the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-10). Jesus teaches us that if we live according to the Beatitudes, we will live a happy Christian life. The Beatitudes fulfill God’s promises made to Abraham and his descendants and describe the rewards that will be ours as loyal followers of Christ.
BYOB to RE
Yes, you read that correctly. We are inviting all 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade Religious Ed students to bring their Bibles each week to RE. Perhaps you and your child(ren) can recall when the Bible was presented in 4th grade and talk about some of your favorite Bible stories. The link to Sunday's Gospel is right here in Matthew 4:12-23.
One of Ms. Murray's 7th Grade Students Describes Advent Hope
The Children of RE Celebrate Two Great Saints
On Wednesday, December 14th, the students in Grades 1-6 celebrated the December Saint Feast Days of Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Mateo Munoz played Juan and introduced himself to the students. He told us of his encounter with Mary. We watched the DVD of the Story of Juan Diego and Our Lady. After hearing the story, we returned to class to celebrate the Feast Days with treats.
The Children in Mr. Joey Christofanelli's 2nd Grade RE Class continue to remind us to wait with hope, Jesus is coming!
Families of Religious Ed shared abundantly with our friends in Los Palis, Haiti, Fr. Edmond's home town. RE 7th grade catechist Ms. Angela Murray will be participating in the Haiti Mission Trip again this year at the end of December and will be bringing an extra suitcase overflowing with your generous sharing of gently used children shoes/sandals and coloring books and crayons. Our friends in Haiti greatly appreciate your generosity.
Our friends at the food pantry at Saint Anne's in Hazel Crest send their gratitude to all who participated in the food collection at our Thanksgiving/All Saint's Prayer service last month stating they "are indebted not only to all of you students but also to your parents for their support to help the needy and poor people."
Our friends at the food pantry at Saint Anne's in Hazel Crest extend additional thanks for those who volunteered to prepare and serve a meal at their Monday Night Supper stating "thank you again for your very generous donation and please continue the good work. In the meantime, we pray that God will continue to bless you students, your parents and Ms. Kahl in everything that all of you do."
The Children of RE Continue Advent Preparations by Receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday, December 7th
One of our 7th Grade RE students writes a cinquan about how we can overcome temptation -
Repenting, Caring, Praying
Following Jesus' Good Works
We Return to Religious Ed on Wednesday, November 30th
We start Advent preparing for and recognizing Jesus' Presence among us and your friends at Religious Ed wish you and your family every blessing. May we spend these coming weeks cherishing the abundant blessing of God's Love and seek ways to share that blessing with all those God has placed in our path.
The Families of Religious Ed Participated in a Harvest Celebration
The RE 1st graders started our All Saints/Thanksgiving Prayer Service processing up the center aisle proudly displaying their Saint banners. The children then sang of lovely song straight out of the Book of Genesis that you may view an excerpt here God Made the World video link. The RE 8th graders gave reflections on the Patron Saints they have chosen for Confirmation and all of the children shared non-perishable food items to be distributed to the Saint Anne's Food Pantry in Hazel Crest. Fr. Edmond preached Good News about the Beatitudes, RE Parent Rob Ryndak accompanied us on the piano and 7th grade RE student Katie Douglas played Here I am Lord on her violin. We are grateful to all who joined us at this lively celebration!
Thank You for Your Prayers and Support
- Talk to your child about family names. Investigate the Saint names. Why are they Saints? How does their life connect with yours?
- All Soul's Day was November 2nd. Share with your children stories of family members who have died. Tell your family their stories and what your favorite memories are about these people.
- Join us on Wednesday, November 9th, at our All Saints Prayer Service at 5:30PM in the church. The children are invited to bring an can or two of non-perishable food to the prayer service to be shared with our neighbors who are served at the food pantry at St. Anne's Parish in nearby Hazel Crest. All are welcome to join us!
Our First Graders Will Participate in All Saints Prayer Service on November 9th
Our Director of Religious Education Pat Kahl visited with our enthusiastic 1st graders to teach them two songs, When the Saints Come Marching In and God Made the World. The lively discussion also included the children talking about their Baptismal Saint names and their Saint banners. Our wonderful wee ones can’t wait to march in at our All Saints Prayer Service at 5:30PM on Wednesday, November 9th, in our church. We will also be collecting food for the St. Anne’s Food Pantry. All are welcome to join us!
A Bounty of Birthday Blessings
Our Religious Ed students generously provided Happy Birthday Bags filled with a cake mix, canned frosting, decorations for the cake, birthday candles and a disposable baking pan in a display of plenty in the school lobby. The colorful collection of bags then filled Mrs. DiLuia's van. All Happy Birthday Bags are being donated to the St. Irenaeus food pantry so that our neighbors may have the opportunity to celebrate being born in God's Kingdom with the fixings for a festive cake. Many thanks for your abundant sharing from the heart!
Our 7th graders describe what it means to be Catholic and to be a disciple of Jesus
The Parish 8th Grade Children Continue Journey to Confirmation
A lively celebration occured at the 11:30AM Family Mass on Sunday, October 2nd, as we were led in songs of praise and thanksgiving by our new parish children's choir. Fr. Jack's sermon included input from the parish 8th graders present during the Rite of Election. Please continue to pray for our 8th grade Confirmation candidates who continue their journey towards the Sacrament of Confirmation.
We are Grateful for the Children of RE
The 4th grade children in the RE classroom of Mrs. Erin Keigher discussed ideas of how they should act in religion class and wrote them on the white board. The children then spoke the promises in unison as their classroom covenant. They had a great first class in which they talked about a Heroes for Jesus bucket and made a friendship web. Later the children worked together with the 4th graders in Mrs. Juli Mahorney’s class to practice for their leadership roles in our Mass of the Holy Spirit on September 28th.
An Invitation to Parents, Family and Friends of RE
Please join us on Wednesday, September 28th, at 5:30PM in the church at our Mass of the Holy Spirit. Our RE 4th graders will be leading us in song and prayer. Come pray with us and take this opportunity to express gratitude and thanks to God for all of our blessings. All are welcome!
True gratitude is expressed by sharing our gifts from God with those around us….
Welcome Back to Religious Ed
We celebrated a return to Religious Education at IJP with a beautiful service in the church at which friends welcomed friends…
...and Fr. Edmond spoke to us about God being in all things and invited us to express our thanksgiving by coming to Mass each week.
Parents were present to bless every grade level of students and catechists…
... and some parish 8th graders sang a lovely song of God’s abundant Grace, a portion of which you may view here Amazing Grace
We look forward to the children gathering in class with their catechists in their classrooms at our next session of Religious Ed on Wednesday, September 21st, at 5:15PM.
We Return to Religious Ed Wednesday, September 14th!!!
Welcome to 2016-17 Religious Education. We are excited to begin another year of Religious Education at Infant Jesus of Prague. Our first RE class is Wednesday, September 14th. Parents and students, please join us in the Church at 5:15pm for for prayer and conversation. Parents and children should sit together in church. The catechists and staff of RE look forward to greeting you!
Welcome to IJP Religious Ed
Thank you! Thank you for taking time to check out the Religious Education Website!
To our returning families – Welcome Back! I missed seeing the smiling face of each child on Wednesday afternoon.
To our interested families – Come and Join Us as we pray, learn, share and celebrate our faith together. The door is open and handshakes and smiles await you!
My name is Pat Kahl and this begins my 7th year as the Director of Religious Education at Infant Jesus of Prague. Each year we have a theme that we build on monthly. This year, our theme is GRATITUDE.
We have much to be thankful for in our everyday life. So often we are too busy to appreciate our daily blessings and thank God and one another for the gifts that we receive. This year, we will look at some of those gifts and celebrate them. I invite you to join us in being a thankful people.
Our upcoming session of Religious Education begins on Wednesday, September 14th, and our registration materials are online along with our schedule for the year. Please register in person on the 27th and 28th of August after our weekend Masses or on Tuesday, August 30th, from 5:00PM - 7:00PM in the Church Hall. I would love to meet you!
Again, THANK YOU for your interest. If I may be of any further help to you, please contact me by phone at (708) 799-4550 X221 or email to PKahl@ijppparish.org.
Pat Kahl, DRE
Tuition for the year : 1 child $190
(for Registered Parishioner) 2 Children $240
3 or more $270
Book Fee $20
Payment plans are available. New students also need a Baptismal Certificate on file. Pat and Jeannie look forward to welcoming you for another Great Year of Religious Education!