Here at Notre Dame we believe that following Jesus is joy and a life-long journey that begins with our Baptism and continues into eternity. And here in our Religious Education Program we absolutely believe that! To that end we not only offer catechesis for Grades K-8 with each program specifically designed to teach your child the ‘good news’ in a way that excites them to ‘learn it’ and challenges them to ‘live it’ BUT we offer multiple volunteer opportunities to our adults to provide a way to share the joy of living the faith making our Religious Education Family truly a working family!

Our Religious Education Program thrives because of volunteers!  These many women and men, some parents, some grandparents, some working, some retired, some high school students, some college students and some young adults, but ALL of them passionate in one thing: Sharing their time, talents and treasure to bring the joy of living our faith every day and sharing this gift with our children and youth

And parents what better way to share in this process than to join us as a VOLUNTEER!
   
We have many ways for you to join us!

(NOTE: All opportunities are available Sundays or Tuesdays program times. Use the Volunteer Forms below to sign up)

Catechist         

Co-Catechist

TA - Teachers Assistance

Substitute Teacher  

Special Needs Aide

Room Aide

Parking Lot Control             

Hall Monitor 

Attendance Caller  

School Nurse / Doctor

Special Needs Nurse

Special Needs Assistant

1st Communion Reception – (3rd Grade & 1st Grade Families)         

Photographer     

VBS – Vacation Bible School Helper     

HOW DO I BEGIN?

To be a Volunteer (other than a Catechist) requires:
  • Caring Catholic adult who enjoys working with children
  • Be a person who models Christ's love and patience
  • Initial orientation
  • Completion of Protecting God's Children (Virtus) Class = (1.5 -2.0 hr Class)
  • Background Check w/ personal references
  • 1.25 Hours per week (most positions) during session times

 

To be a Catechist requires:

  • Caring Catholic adult who enjoys working with children
  • Someone wanting to grow in their faith
  • Be a person who models Christ's love and patience
  • Initial interview and orientation
  • Completion of Protecting God's Children (VIRTUS) Class = (1.5 -2.0 hr Class)
  • Background Check w/ personal references
  • Attend Catechist meetings - 2 per year
  • Ongoing Learning / Formation - 6 hrs/year  (Can be done on-line)
  • One hour per week to prepare for class
  • 1.25 hours per week teaching and sharing the joy of the faith! Pass it on!

Even if you have never taught before, not to worry, you will receive special training as a first time catechist. Along with specific training for catechesis, classroom management, lesson planning, topical guides, teaching materials and supplies for each class. Most teaching assignments are set up as Team Teaching to better support the catechists and today's busy schedules.

The best way to grow in your faith is to teach the faith!
Contact the Director of Religious Education to find out more about becoming a catechist (or program volunteer) at 630-601-1762.


 
Volunteer Forms & Materials:
Volunteer ​Opportunities FORM
Volunteer Profile Release
Policy Regarding Sexual Abuse Of Minors
Parent Guide Preventing Abuse 
 
Protecting God's Children

 
​ALL Volunteers
working with minors are required, by the Diocese of Joliet, to take the Protecting God's Children - "PGC" Awareness Training Class. Once you have completed the PGC class we will process your back ground check and you are ready to go!  All Notre Dame Religious Education parents are strongly encouraged to complete this PGC training. This training is MANDATORY for adults teaching and / or assisting in the classrooms or assisting with youth activities and programs. 



For a List of Dates and Locations of Virtus Class being offered:

Here at Notre Dame:

Around the Diocese of Joliet:​

The VIRTUS Parent Handbook:

 

For more information on this subject, and The VIRTUS Program go to:  Virtus:  www.virtus.org.