Children (Kindergarten – Grade 5)

The goal of the program is to meet Jesus and to grow in his love. The Religious Education Program provides an environment where children can learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus who loves us beyond all measure and how to live as Catholic Christian people. It provides the opportunity to discuss these concepts about our faith in small communities supplementing what is taught in their homes.


Plans for RE Christmas Story Enactment



Christmas Carols for RE Christmas Program

Click here for the Song Sheet for the following songs

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie.
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, the silent stars go by;
Yet in the dark street shineth the everlasting light
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

Away in a Manger

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

Angels We Have Heard On High

Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’re the plains
And the mountains in reply, echoing their joyous strains
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Silent Night

Silent Night, Holy Night, all is calm, all is bright.
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

We Three Kings

We three Kings of Orient are bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain following yonder star.
Oh star of wonder, star of night, star of royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light.

The First Noel

The first Noel the angel did say,
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay,
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the king of Israel.


Instruction for Students in K-5 takes place in the Parish Life Center once a week starting in September and ending sometime in April/May. The sessions are held on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-5:45PM and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:45PM.




Child Sacraments

In order to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, students must complete a foundational year of study, usually first grade. Both Sacraments are prepared for and received during their 2nd year of religious education. Some of the preparation is done during the class sessions, much of the preparation is done at home with the parents and family.

Reconciliation is usually received during the winter months and Eucharist during the Easter season.

If your child/children are missing these sacraments and are in third grade or above, please contact the Religious Education Office.

Catechist Information

As there are approximately 1000 children and teens in Religious Formation, we need about 180 Catechists who are willing to share their faith. If you are interested in becoming a Catechist, please contact Cheryl in the Religious Education Office at or phone (331)707-5369.


Other Important Information

Emergency Closing of Classes
Please check the Emergency Closing website at during serious weather situations. You may also call 312/222-SNOW. Our facility name is Our Lady of Mercy Parish.

Contact Us

Attendance Call-In Line: (331)707-5382

Religious Education Office
701 S. Eola Road, Aurora, IL 60504

Cheryl Lohse
Secretary K-5 & RCIC