Religious Education

Children’s Catechism (First confession and communion)

Welcome to the St. Rita Religious Education program.  The purpose of this program is to follow Christ’s call “to proclaim the Good News everywhere in the world and to hand his message on to successive generations by professing, living and celebrating the faith…” (National Directory for Catechesis #15).  In our parish, the pastor, working with parents and those in catechetical ministry, plans and carries out this catechetical mission.  

 In the National Directory for Catechesis, the U.S. Bishops remind us that it is in the parish that the faithful are “energized to carry out Christ’s mission.”  It is here that the “spiritual, moral and material support for the regular and continuing catechetical development of the parishioners” is provided.  (NDC, #60).  

 Thank you for your support and cooperation, and we look forward to working together with you. It is in working together that we are the Body of Christ and carry out His mission.

Parents are welcome to register their children at the start of the catechetical year which begins in August.

Please contact our Coordinator of Religious Education Christine Matheis 1-815-735-0612

Bible Study

The Holy Bible contains the word of God which is a lamp to our feet, "Ignorance of the Scripture is ignorance of Jesus himself" (St.Jerome). In order to understand Jesus the eternal word who incarnated in the human flesh and love him, we are called to learn more about him through our scripture reading and studies. The more we know him the more we love him, the more we love him the more we want to know him and faith that we profess and proclaim.

Bible Study is open to everyone of all ages. We gather in the Parish Hall every Thursday @5:30 P.M.


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Classes starts after Sunday Mass from 9:45am - 11:00am.

For the safety of our children, the hall doors will be locked from 9:45am - 11:45am. No one will be able to go inside during that time. Thank you!