Kevin J. Cody changed careers from auditor and cost management director to catechetical ministry as religious education coordinator for St. Alphonsus in July 1997.Mr. Cody completed master's degree studies in Theology and Pastoral Studies at Catholic Theological Union in 2003.
Was certified as a Director of Religious Education by the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Called as a Lay Ecclesial Minister by Cardinal Francis George in June 2011.
Former president of the National Association of
Parish Catechetical Directors (NPCD). Member of the NPCD Executive Committee 2004-12.
Former president of the Chicago Association of Religious Educators (CARE), currently serving as advisor.
Kevin is married and has two 20-something daughters.
Lynn Houser has been in the field of education for most of her career. Many of those years were spent at Happy Hands and Champions preschools in Lemont.
Wanting to be more involved in the parish, Lynn, along with her son and daughter, joined the music ministry years ago, and Lynn has remained in the Bell Choir. She also was part of the parish Alpha Course team and a member of our catechist team for three years as a 3rd Grade catechist.
2018-19 Religious Education
210 E. Logan St.
Lemont, IL 60439
Welcome to the St. Alphonsus Religious Education (RE) webpage!
We hope you will find it informative and useful.
RE Family Sessions
The seed of a rich and deep spirituality is present within each child. In their earliest years, children grow in relationship with God and understanding of their faith. It is our mission to help parents in their responsibility to nurture their children's faith. Faith is based not only on an intellectual understanding of doctrine, but also on a conversion of the heart (adopting a way of life).
We proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of Got through prayer, education, service, social activities, and worship. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we respond to Christ's call to "come follow Me" and carry on His teaching mission. We follow Jesus' example of teaching what to believe and then showing how to put those beliefs into practice.
Our purpose is to assist parents in:
Two tracks of classes will be held on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings for children in Grades 1 through 8. Track schedules appear below.
Preschool and Kindergarten students are invited to participate in our event-centered Little Tykes for Christ (LTC) program scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month during RE sessions, 6:15-7:15pm.
Families should be registered and active parishioners in order to have children enrolled.
Returning families should submit the application distributed in the classrooms. If you've misplaced your form, please contact the office. Final tuition payment is not due until the first session.
Families who are new to our program should contact Kevin Cody by phone or email (see above) to arrange for a registration meeting.
Because there is so much content to cover, and there is an overlap of content in the textbook material between the grade-levels, we established a set of concepts that the children on each level should know and understand so they can build upon that foundation at the next level. The Core Concepts represent what the children at a particular level should know at a minimum. Most of our faith content is covered over multiple years. but we want to make sure that none of the content "slips through the cracks," and that all important aspects of our faith receive proper attention. The mid-term and final assessments will be based on these core concepts.
PLEASE NOTE: Parents may meet their children's catechists in their classrooms immediately following the orientation meeting, and babysitting will be available.
SI families must attend the following family sessions plus one of the Wednesday RE family sessions in the right-hand column of this page.
We are offering this option for Grades 3-6 in response to the busy schedules we see faced by families during the rest of the year, and for those children who would benefit from a morning schedule when school is out, and sessions not spread out.
Families participating in this program commit to:
Please download two documents using the links below:
SI PARENT NEWSLETTER
We also have a process in place to initiate children and young teens who have not been baptized and/or have had no formal religious education. The process normally takes at least two years to lead them into an experience of conversion and prepare them to celebrate the initiation sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
This is not a rigid program, but a process that is meant to be adapted according to the spiritual and educational needs and progress of the child. Children, with their parents and catechists, meet in small groups on a schedule that best fits their calendars. They progress through periods of preparation looking to Easter Vigil as the highpoint of their journey with the reception of the sacraments.
WELCOMING RITE FOR FIRST-YEAR CANDIDATES (7th Grade)
RITE OF ACCEPTANCE
PRESENTATION OF THE CREED
RITE OF CALLING TO
(RE classes continue through April.)