The Religious Education Office must have written parental consent in order to have a student leave early and /or leave with anyone other than yourself. The written consent must be provided at least 24 hrs prior to needing to leave early. You may send a written note the week prior or you may email the written consent directly to our departmental email:​   Please type "EARLY DISMISSAL" in the subject line of the email.

NOTE: These requests are not made with the teachers, but directly and only with the Religious Education Office.



For events that will span a length of time we will set up a 'Standing Order'  to cover the duration of the event dates / times. Again provide written consent with the list of dates and times and designated others that will be picking up your child. Once we have this letter, with the dates/times on file, then you will not need to issue a written note each week.


PICK UP DISMISSAL PROCESS: (for Early Dismissal)

You MUST come into the building to pick up your child for early dismissals.

You MAY park at the curb; set the flashers; and come in to the FRONT DESK where you will need to sign out your child.

A Hall Monitor will bring your child out to meet you at the Front Desk.



CAR POOLING  and  "Designated Others"

If you are part of a car pool or wish to have someone OTHER than yourself (the Parents/Guardians) pick up your 

child then stop by the Front Desk and pick up the "DESIGNATED OTHERS FORM"  OR  (click this link)

This form must be turned in to the RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OFFICE before we can implement the dismissal to 'others'.



Parent Handbooks

Parent Handbooks


For information about our Notre Dame Religious Education Program
see the Parent Handbook. (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)





Additional Resources | Diocese of Joliet:




We invite all of our parents to participate in our Religious Education Program!  In order to be certified to work with our children all adults      (18+ and older) must complete the Protecting God's Children Orientation / Certification Program and secure a background check. Classes are offered on a continuing basis all throughout our Diocese. 

If you have not attended a Protecting God's Children (PGC) Seminar yet
here is the link to the Virtus Class Schedule and Locations:

Topical Resources

Topical Resources

Parent Information:

How to speak to our children when tragedy happens

In our world today it seems everyday brings another tragic situation.

  • How do we explain this to our children?
  • What do we say?
  • What can we really do to help?


The article below is Excerpted from 52 Simple Ways to Talk with Your Kids about Faith: Opportunities for Catholic Families to Share God's Love

A great resource for us as parents.  


Turning to God in Times of Tragedy

Times of disaster or great sadness are trying for us all. Yet these times present opportunities to teach your children lasting spiritual lessons and the importance of trusting God.

Faith Themes

  • Jesus calls us to eternal life with our Father in heaven.
  • Jesus calls us to love one another as He loves.
  • The church teaches us the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.


The church recognizes corporal works of mercy as the tangible hands on response to the needs of the world around us and spiritual works of mercy as fervent prayer for those in need and for the tragic situations this world encounters.

Natural Teachable Moments

  • After the sudden death of a friend or family member
  • When a natural disaster strikes a community or another country, leaving pain, destruction, famine, disease, orphans, or homelessness
  • When political oppression, social injustice, or genocide create a refugee crisis

In the days after September 11, 2001, churches, synagogues, and mosques were filled with people. Around the world candles were lit. Impromptu shrines were filled with flowers and prayer intentions. Prayers were offered for the dead and their suffering families. In tragic times our children naturally have questions about God and heaven. Treat their questions with respect. Be patient, knowing that you do not have all the answers. Pray with your children for all those caught up in tragedy.

Starting the Conversation

Think of concrete ways that you as a family can be a source of help and comfort for those who suffer, especially those faced with tragic situations.

To Help You Connect

One practical and easy first step after a tragedy has struck a community, group, or country—the earthquake in Haiti, the floods in New Orleans, the famines in Africa, or the tsunami in Asia—is to check the website of organizations such as Catholic Charities, the Campaign for Human Development, Red Cross, Amnesty International, Jesuit Refugee Service, and Catholic Relief Services. Or perhaps you can get on their mailing list beforehand. These organizations often distribute information about various ways people can immediately help after a disaster, such as donations of urgently needed goods and services. Also, check with your local parish to see what it might be organizing. Then help your child to appreciate the many good things that people of faith are doing in the world and to see how she might become part of this effort.

To Support You

Suggested Bible Reading

Jesus’ parable of the Last Judgment tells us that what we do in this life does matter and that we will be judged according to our faith and how we treat others: Matthew 25:31–46

What the Church Says about This Topic
In Catholic Church teaching, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy are actions we can perform that extend God’s mercy and compassion to those in need. In order to better understand this, it is helpful to clarify what we mean by God’s mercy. At Mass, during the penitential act, we pray, “Lord, have mercy!” Sometimes, when we think of the word mercy, we picture someone throwing himself on his knees before a cruel villain, pleading to be spared some punishment. This is not our understanding of God’s mercy. We do not ask for God’s mercy because we are afraid of incurring God’s wrath as punishment for our sins. Rather, when we call on God to have mercy, we are calling on God in the only way we know him—as one who responds with infinite compassion to those in need. When we show mercy to others, we are responding as God responds: with compassion. Works of mercy are opportunities to extend God’s compassion to those in need.

There are two kinds of works of mercy: corporal and spiritual. Corporal works of mercy are the kind of acts by which we help our neighbors with their everyday material and physical needs. These include things like feeding the hungry, finding a home for the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and those in prison, giving alms to the poor, and burying the dead. Spiritual works of mercy are the kind of acts through which we help our neighbors meet the needs that are emotional and spiritual, including instructing, advising, consoling, comforting, forgiving, and bearing wrongs with patience.