SPRED – Special Religious Educational Development

SPRED (Special Religious Development) is a program of the Archdiocese of Chicago whose purpose is two-fold: the inclusion of the developmentally disabled into the liturgical and community faith life of the parish and the formation of a small faith community where both special friends and their catechists nurture their faith. We meet 11-12 times during the year on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8 pm in the Gleeson Building from September through May. A SPRED Family Liturgy is held in June.

See calendar on the sidebar of this page – SPRED Information 2022-2023

All ages are served through a collaborative effort of parishes. The SPRED program at St. Giles is for adults 22 and older. Ascension Parish has SPRED for children 6-10 years old, St. Mary’s Church in Riverside for young people 11-16 years-old. The goal is to provide religious development support and inclusion for special needs individuals accompanied by adult catechists for their entire life span.

Questions? – If you are interested in finding out more information about this ministry as a participant or as a catechist, please contact Kathleen Ritten at kathyritten@att.net. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing our faith with you.