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 12 times during the year on Monday evenings from 630 to 830 pm in the Gleeson Building from September through April. A SPRED Family Liturgy is held in June.

All ages are served through a collaborative effort of parishes. In our community St. Giles provides the program for persons 17-21; Ascension ages 6-10; St. Bernadine ages 11-16; St. Vincent Ferrer 22 and over. The goal is to provide religious development support and inclusion for special needs individuals accompanied by adult catechists for their entire life span.

Our current team of catechists are: Anne Murray Brady, Deirdre Buckingham, Joey Cocco, Kathy Ritten, Therese Sabo, Sherry Scouffas, Joyce Volpe, and Mary Walsh.

If you are interested in finding out more information about this ministry as a participant or as a catechist, please contact Therese Sabo at spred@stgilesparish.org or (h) 708-848-5230 or (c) 708-341-8620. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing our faith with you.