What should I know about the first night of Religious Ed?
Supply lists - your favorite summer sport
St. Emily and St. Thomas Becket Parishes
August 12, 2019
Dear Families,

We are looking forward to the beginning of our Religious Education year together.

Before classes begin there are events at St. Emily and St. Thomas Becket that you will want to know about.

August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mother.  The mass schedules for both parishes are below.

St. Thomas Becket is celebrating its Fiftieth Anniversary this year.  The parish picnic is soon - on August 25.  The information for all the events is also below.

St. Emily will have its Third Annual Feastival on September 21.

Enjoy the last few days before school begins, and we'll see you in classes soon!
Info about the start of classes

firstnightOur first session will be on September 11.  Both parents and children will meet in the church at 6:15 PM for an opening prayer service.  Students will find out their class assignment when they arrive that evening.

While the students leave for class, there will be a short program for the parents.

You can find the  supply list for each grade below.

tuitionIf you have not yet paid tuition for St. Emily, please note three options:
  • You can, of course, pay in full any time between now and the opening night.  We accept checks, or you can pay via eGiving;
  • You can choose to pay half of your tuition by the beginning of classes, and then pay the balance at mid-year.  You may also do this by check or via eGiving;
  • The easiest option is to set up a monthly payment via credit card or bank draft in eGiving. Please set up the payments so that they are completed by April 1.
St. Thomas Becket families should pay at your parish.  Contact  Renata Sosin if you have questions.

If you are a new family (or even if you are returning), you might want to take a look at our  Family Handbook.  It will answer many of your questions.  The menu on the Family page also guides you to the calendar and other useful information.

Of course, please let  Cathy Crino know if you have other questions not answered there.
catechistFind out about becoming a catechist

We strongly urge you to consider becoming a catechist or assistant for the coming year.

We have an opening third grade. 

What do you receive from being a catechist?
  • Wit. One of the best things about kids is that they are funny and they will let know it. (Of course, you already know that.)
  • Keep your own wits sharp. You might get a work out, but you'll feel good about it. (You might know this, too.)
  • Learning more about your faith. There is no better way to uncover what you really believe and what the church teaches than to try to explain it to an inquisitive kid.
  • Support.  We won't send you in there without some training, opportunities for continuing formation and good materials and ideas to get you started.
  • Compensation. Besides the fun and challenge, catechists receive the first $300 off their tuition.
All the catechists in the program have given their time and talent to teach your children as volunteers. Becoming a catechist yourself is a wonderful way to give back.

assumptionThe Feast of the Assumption
August 15 - a Holy Day of Obligation

In the middle of August, we reflect on the mystery of Mary's Assumption into heaven. She was the first to experience that for which we all hope - the Resurrection of the body and the life of the world to come.

It is a Holy Day of Obligation

Masses at St. Thomas Becket are at 9:00 AM in English and 7:00 PM in Polish.

Masses at St. Emily are at 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM. (There is an anticipated mass on Wednesday, August 14 at 7:00 PM.)
St. Thomas Becket Fiftieth Anniversary
Parish Picnic * Mass with Cardinal Cupich * Dinner Dance

St. Thomas Becket is celebrating its Golden Anniversary with some special events.
  • Parish Picnic on August 25
  • Mass with Cardinal Cupich on September 7
  • Dinner Dance on October 12
St. Emily Feastival 2019
Save the Date
September 21

The Third Annual St. Emily Feastival will be Saturday, September 21. We'll celebrate the Feast of St. Emily at the 5:00 PM mass.

After mass, there will be dinner, dancing, games, raffles, and general merriment.

Check out the information here - and save the date!

suppliesSchool Supplies for Religious Ed
What students bring to classes

It is recommended that students have a specific backpack or book bag that they use just for Religious Ed.

First Year through Third Grade
Fourth through 
Eighth Grades
1 two-pocket folder
1 box of 24 crayons
2-3 pencils with erasers
1 box of washable markers
1 glue stick
Blunt scissors
1 two-pocket folder
2-3 pens
2-3 pencils with erasers
1-2 highlighters
1 box of washable markers
1 pack of 3 inch post its
1 spiral notebook

(Students in grades 5 through 8 are using the Breakthrough Bible. Replacement Bibles can be purchased from the RE office. )

Fourth grade students will receive their Bibles in the opening prayer service.
Dates to Save
  • September 11 - First Class - begins at 6:15 PM
  • September 26 and 28 - Parent orientation for the First Eucharist program
  • October 9 - Pilgrimage for eighth grade Confirmation candidates
  • October 26 at 5:00 PM - Enrollment mass for both seventh and eighth grade Confirmation candidates
Quick Links
St. Emily Parish
Catherine Crino, DRE
St. Thomas Becket Parish
Renata Sosin, CRE