Our purpose for the St. Mother Theodore Guerin Religious Education Program is to help our students build their connections to God through prayer, incorporate God into their everyday lives, and recognize opportunities to enhance their relationship with God. The St. Mother Theodore Guerin Children’s Faith Formation Program welcomes children to learn about Jesus, the Catholic faith and prepare for the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation.

We offer Religious Education to students in Grades 1-8 who during the week attend a public or home school setting. We feel that with your child’s family experience, the classroom experience, and participation in the St. Mother Theodore Guerin faith community, your child’s faith will develop and grow. 

ATTENTION –  2020-2021 CLASSES – During the pandemic, the Archdiocese of Chicago is allowing parish Religious Education programs to offer in-person classes once a month. This began in October 2020.

Classes will be held on Saturdays once a month in St. Celestine Church in Elmwood Park for grades 1-8 from 9:30 to 11:00 AM.

In-person classes for 2021 will take place on March 13, and April 17.

Home/remote Religious Education will take place on the weeks we do not have in-person classes. Each student will be provided a book, Finding God, Loyola Press with worksheets to complete for the next month’s session. Also, there are short online chapter quizzes that the students will be asked to complete. We will provide parents with Study Guides for each chapter so you can review the concepts with your child. 

St. Celestine Church is in adherence with the safety guidelines required by the Archdiocese of Chicago and the State of Illinois. The Archdiocese is also providing the Religious Education Departments in all parishes with guidelines regarding the students’ safety and curriculum. Temperature checks, wearing masks and maintaining social distance will be done.

Please note that if your child has not yet received the sacrament of Holy Communion and is in second grade or higher, they will need to be in the program two years before being invited to participate in that sacrament.

The tuition for the Year 2020-2021 is as follows:

  • $185 – Tuition for 1 child per family plus $25 Registration fee = $210
  • $290 – Tuition for 2 children per family plus $25 Registration fee per child = $340
  • $395 – Tuition for 3 children +  per family plus $25 Registration fee per child = $470
  • The Registration fee of $25 must be paid at the time of Registration and covers the cost of books and additional resource materials.
  • Tuition may be paid in full upon Registration ($25 due) or in two installments with the 1st Semester due October 17, 2020 ($95 – 1 child, $145 – 2 children, $200 – 3 children) and the 2nd Semester due January 16, 2021 ($90 – 1 child, $145 – 2 children, $195 – 3 children)

Registration Forms 2020-2021


RE Registration 2020-2021 is closed – Future RE Registration 2021-2022 to be posted!

Pay RE Tuition Installments thru GiveCentral – ANYTIME!

Contact Information


If you have any questions about our program please contact, Ruthanne Swiatkowski, Director of Religious Education  by phone at 708-453-2555 ext. 17 or rswiatkowski@stguerinparish.orgSt. Celestine Pastoral Center at ­3020 N. 76th Court in ­Elmwood Park, IL 60707.

We look forward to working with your child and blessings to your family!