About Religious Education Program

Religious Education Family Handbook - pdf Document


Religious Education Office at St. Tarcissus Parish

The St. Tarcissus Parish Religious Education Office assists with several aspects of our children’s faith formation. The office works with children (and their families) in Pope Francis Global Academy (our school) and children (and their families) enrolled in public and non-Catholic schools. It is the mission of the RE office to assist parents with the religious education of their children.


Welcome to St. Tarcissus Religious Education Program where we greet all children and families. We hope you will join us and grow in faith here at St. Tarcissus. The Religious Education office assists in the coordination of several programs for children and families of St. Tarcissus. We are happy to join you on your faith journey.

All Religious Education Starts at Home

All Religious Education starts in the family. The desire to teach the faith to your child starts with your example at home. There is nothing we can teach your child that can replace what you can teach your child at home. If you are active in your faith, your child will notice. If you place a low priority on God and faith, your child will also notice. A good gauge of the priorities you have in your life will be reflected in the time and resources devoted to those priorities. We spend both time and money on our priorities.

The Director of Religious Education

The St. Tarcissus Religious Education office is staffed by a part-time Director of Religious Education, Larry Cubalchini. Mr. Cubalchini is the only paid employee in the RE Office. He has been at St. Tarcissus for over four years now. He also works on a voluntary basis with a small outreach ministry in the Archdiocese. Before his return to Chicago he worked at a parish in DeKalb, Illinois, in the Rockford Diocese. The primary duties of the Director of Religious Education are to coordinate and manage the Saturday Religious Education Program for public school students, and to coordinate and assist in the preparation of children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation. The DRE makes sure our Sacrament preparation programs meet the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the Roman Catholic Church.

Saturday Religious Education Program

The Saturday Religious Education Program is for children in Grades 1 through 8 that attend a non-Catholic school. The program gives children a chance to grow in the knowledge of Jesus and our Catholic faith. In addition to regular attendance in RE classes, children are required to complete homework (with their parent’s help), attend Sunday Mass on a regular basis, and participate in other parish activities here at St. Tarcissus. Our RE program also has extra activates that children are welcome to join (Religious Education Choir, Service Projects, Retreats, Trips). St. Tarcissus is a great parish for your child and you to grow in faith. We meet 2 to 3 Saturdays each month during the school year starting at 8:30 am until 11 am. There is modest tuition for attending Saturday Religious Education Classes (to cover the costs of books and other expenses). For more information, you may review the RE Handbook - pdf Doc. You may also print forms from the Registration / Forms page.

Sacrament Preparation Programs
(First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation)

All of our Sacrament Preparation Programs meet the requirements set by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Students in both Catholic school or Saturday Religious Education classes must complete two years of preparation before First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Students wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation must also complete a 2-year preparation process. There are modest “Sacrament fees” to cover the expenses of Sacrament preparation that are due during the process. More information can be found in the “Sacrament” section of this parish website.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

During the school year, St. Tarcissus has a special Children’s Liturgy of the Word for kids in grades 1 through 6 at the 9:30 am Mass. We invite your children to experience the word of God in language that is easier for children to understand. CLW is led by teams of parents on a rotating basis. The Religious Education Office helps train volunteers for CLW. More information can be found in the Children’s Liturgy page.

God’s STars

God’s STars is Religious Education for children in preschool through kindergarten. God’s STars meets on Sunday Mornings during the 9:30 am Mass. For more information, press the God’s STars page.

Volunteers of All Types

Our many parish programs (Religious Education and others) are made possible due to the many adult volunteers that give of their time and talent. Please consider sharing your time and talent to help our families grow in love and faith of Jesus. Please contact our DRE, Larry Cubalchini to volunteer and assist in one of our many programs.

The Religious Education Office

The Religious Education Office is located in the parish rectory at 6020 W. Ardmore Ave. The phone number is 773-763-8228. You may also reach the RE office by email at st.tars_rep@yahoo.com.

Feel free to call with questions or concerns!
Religious Education Office
773-763-8228 or e-mail at st.tars_rep@yahoo.com