Religious Education

2021/2022 Religious Education

Registrations for the 2021/2022 CCD year are now being accepted. The first day of classes is Wednesday, September 22, with class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The registration form is available to download here. Cost is $50 for the first child, with the cost for additional children $25 each. Questions? Please contact Mackenzie Dunbar by email at


Further Religious Education Information

Parish Religious Education

Religious education in the Catholic Church is done either through attending a Catholic school or by joining the parish religious education program from kindergarten through eighth grade. Through this, we prepare children to receive sacraments: First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. In the Diocese of Peoria, religion classes for public school children begins in kindergarten, and classes are held each year until the Sacrament of Confirmation in eighth grade.


Goals of the St. Ambrose Religious Education Program

  • To recognize Scripture as God’s Word
  • To emphasize Jesus’s life and mission
  • To develop an understanding of the relationship of Scripture to the liturgical cycle, the curriculum and the student
  • To develop an understanding of the Church as one, holy, catholic and apostolic
  • To provide opportunities to share in the sacramental life of the Church
  • To promote appreciation and foster participation in personal prayer and communal worship
  • To develop a basic understanding of the teachings of the Church
  • To activate Christian concern for issues of life, truth and justice
  • To promote Catholic moral principles and assist in the moral development of the students
  • To encourage the ongoing, lifelong faith development of the student
  • To cultivate a desire in every student to attend Mass each Sunday
  • To stimulate and encourage the catechist, a witness to the gospel and person of prayer, to share their faith
  • To engage and support families in their role as primary religious educators of their children
  • To encourage students to be witnesses outside of the classroom