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St. Alphonsus
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210 E. Logan St.
Lemont, IL  60439

(630) 257-2414
(630) 257-2476
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INTERESTING LINKS

Prayer/Spirituality

Three-Minute Retreat
Daily video reflections on Scripture passages from Loyola Press

Carmelite Spiritual Center
Ongoing retreats and workshops in nearby Darien

Good News Reflection
Reflections on daily readings

Pray as You Go
Daily prayer for your MP3 player; spirituality for people on the move

The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
Video: Bishop Robert Barron explains what we mean by Real Presence

Fr. Mike’s Prayer Tips
Video: Fr. Mike Schmitz suggests being more intentional in our prayer lives and asking when, where, what and why should I pray?

Family Life, Relationships

Faith & Family Living
A blog for families and moms

For Your Marriage
Daily marriage tips

At Home with Our Faith
A blog to nurture family spirituality

Newsletters for Parents
Practical advice on character, prayer, love, bully-proofing, etc.

Catholic Wedding Help
A step-by-step guide to planning your Catholic wedding

Bringing Children to Mass
Short video: a dad gives tips on how to prepare and bring children to Mass

Faith Formation

Word on Fire
Listen to Fr. Robert Barron's weekly sermons, lectures, interviews

CatholicTV.com
Catholic programming: news, programs, concerts, etc.

American Catholic
Views, blogs, and e-cards inspired by St. Francis of Assisi

Catechism of the Catholic Church
Referenced in student textbooks

CatechismClass.com
Online faith formation and religious education

Young Adults & Teens

Busted Halo
Online magazine for young adult spiritual seekers

Sacraments 101: Baptism
Video: Why we baptize

Sacraments 101: The Eucharist
Video: How we receive the Eucharist

Sacraments 101: Confirmation
Video: Why we're confirmed

Life Teen
Online community for Catholic teenagers

Three-Minute Catechism
Animated episodes

Why Be Catholic?
Short article differentiates Catholicism from other Christian religions

BE A CATECHIST

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A PERSONAL INVITATION FROM KEVIN CODY

DOWNLOAD OUR 2013-14 CATECHIST HANDBOOK

Have you ever considered becoming a catechist? Maybe you're thinking, "Oh, not me!" The common sentiment that runs through the stories of so many catechists is amazement at what they received in the course of working in our Religious Education Program. Following are comments from recent surveys of our catechists:

  • "The kids give so much. They are enthusiastic, inquisitive and loving. They recharge me and my ministry."
  • "It was my first experience teaching a class. It gave me an outlook and experience that will be helpful as I prepare to become a teacher."
  • "It is an incredible feeling to work with the children and see them grow!"
  • "God calls all of us; we must answer some of the calls. We all can make a difference. Kids and parents are thankful."
  • "I enjoyed seeing how the different volunteers work together."
  • "I was able to revisit some of the things that I have not looked at since college."
  • "This was a very nice group of kids to teach. My assistant was very helpful."
  • "I love listening to the kids' ideas."
  • "I love teaching the class and having the children enjoy coming to RE, as I believe mine did."
  • "I grew with the children. As they learned, so did I. It was a spiritual growth."
  • A common thread in most catechists' stories: "I received so much more than I ever expected!"

Maybe this is the year for you to become involved in this very important and rewarding ministry!

If you have no experience and are unsure about teaching by yourself, we may be able to team you up with an experienced catechist. Catechists on each grade-level meet to discuss lesson plans and share ideas. A core catechist for each grade is available to lend assistance. You also can attend a comprehensive "Getting Started" workshop provided by the Archdiocese Office for Catechesis. Explore the possibility by contacting Kevin Cody by phone or email (see top of page).

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Thank you to everyone who participated in making Vacation Bible School (VBS) a success!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS FROM VBS 2014

CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO FROM VBS 2012

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS FROM VBS 2012

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS FROM VBS 2011

CLICK HERE TO VIEW VBS PHOTOS FROM OTHER YEARS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PARENT NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE
The At-Home Catechist parent newsletters give you information you can use to fulfill your role in handing on the faith and practicing it in your home. These easy-to-read newsletters contain age-relevant topics, happenings and reminders of events within the program and parish. The links below are in reverse chronological order, so the most recent one is at the top:

April 2016 (98KB)

March 2016 (116KB)

Feb 2016 (128KB)

Jan 2016 (119KB)

Dec 2015 (59KB)

Nov 2015 (52KB)

Oct 2015 (75KB)

April 2015 (81KB)

March 2015 (50KB)

Feb 2015 (53KB)

Jan 2015 (39KB)

Dec 2014 (63KB)

Nov 2014 (56KB)

Oct 2014 (66KB)

April 2014 (58KB)

March 2014 (41KB)

Feb 2014 (41KB)

Jan 2014 (45KB)

Dec 2013 (68KB)
(Revised 12/2/2013)

Nov 2013 (54KB)

Oct 2013 (63KB)

April 2014 (58KB)

March 2014 (41KB)

Feb 2014 (41KB)

Jan 2014 (45KB)

Dec 2013 (68KB)
(Revised 12/2/2013)

Nov 2013 (54KB)

Oct 2013 (63KB)

March 2012 (child) (1.5MB)

March 2012 (teen) (303KB)

Feb 2012 (child) (819KB)

Feb 2012 (teen) (1.1MB)

Jan 2012 (1.3MB)

Dec 2011 (1.1MB)

Nov 2011 (1.4MB)

Oct 2011 (899KB)

Lent 2011 (741KB)

Feb 2011 (970KB)

Jan 2011 (786KB)

Dec 2010 (1.8MB)

Oct 2010 (714KB)

Jan 2010 (child) (4.8MB)

Jan 2010 (teen) (1.7MB)

Dec 2009 (1.8MB)

Nov 2009 (317KB)