Religious Education

Learning to Live Our Faith

In 1912 the pastor of Ascension Church asked the Ursuline Sisters of Springfield to staff the new parish school. They brought with them a heritage of education with honor and love. When the sisters left the school in 1985, they passed their strong heritage to a devoted lay staff who have continued teaching and nurturing each child to develop his or her individual talents and to grow in faith and service to others. 

Students pray in class every day. Each month, their faith lives are nurtured through prayer services, visits to church and attendance at school masses. In grades 1-8, children participate in playing and leading the liturgies. Preparation for Sacraments is fostered by the Parish Religious Education Staff, with some preparation from Reconciliation and First Eucharist in the Religion class.

The Religion text used at Ascension is Finding God (2013) from Loyola Press. Religion lessons are aligned with the Standards set by the Archdiocese of Chicago. In upper grades, Benzinger's Family Life series is also taught.