Religion Curriculum


St. Francis de Sales School's religion follows the Archdiocese of Chicago curriculum, including coursework on the Bible, liturgical practices, church history and the sacraments. Living our faith is part of everything we do and extends beyond religion class.


Morning Prayer

All classrooms begin each day with a morning prayer. Our teachers use a variety of prayers and include individual petitions based on student suggestions. We also use special prayers during Advent and Lent. We learn “Padre Nuestro” in Spanish class and have a special focus on the Rosary during the months of October and May.


Weekly All-School Mass

Every Wednesday and on Holy Days of Obligation, the school children and teachers attend Mass at 8:30 a.m. Each homeroom class, from kindergarten through 8th grade, plans and prepares the Liturgy for two Masses per academic year. The students responsible for the Mass also participate in a special preparation of gifts, read from holy Scripture, offer petitions, and serve as cantors, musicians, candle bearers, altar servers and greeters.


First Friday Adoration

Every First Friday of the month, students in 1st-8th grade participate in the Benediction which opens the Adoration for the day.


Sacramental Preparation

The Pastor, parish staff, school teachers and Catechists teach the Sacramental programs for Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation during elementary school and Confirmation during high school. Each Sacramental preparation program begins with a parent meeting. Students in second grade prepare for both Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. Confirmation at St. Francis de Sales is for high school students and is offered through the Youth Ministry Department of the Church. The Confirmation program is a two-year journey of Sacramental preparation.


First Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered to students during Lent and Advent. First Reconciliation is offered to second graders in February of the school year.


First Holy Communion

The Sacrament of Holy Communion is offered to students at the weekly all-school Mass. First Holy Communion is offered to second graders in May of the school year.