Serving Hyde Park’s Catholic Community since 1869


5472 South Kimbark Avenue,
Hyde Park, Chicago IL, 60615-5297
Phone: (773) 324-2626 Fax: (773) 891-0602

Sunday School

SundaySchool450 new 2“All your children shall be taught by the LORD;
great shall be the peace of your children.”
(Is 54:13)

The Sunday School is a great opportunity for young children to grow in their faith, to recognize their place in the church community and to understand how even as young children they can follow Jesus Christ on the way to Holiness.

Who we are: Our St. Thomas the Apostle Sunday School program is designed for all parish children from pre-K through 6th grade. We are one of the opportunities for fostering faith that extend from the church to the home and into the community. Our mission is to assist parents in their role as the primary teachers of the faith to their children.

What we do: St. Thomas the Apostle offers Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for the religious formation of the younger children while creating a safe environment for them. In this program children:

  • learn the basics of the Catholic faith with age-appropriate materials and instruction,
  • learn about the Bible, the gift of God’s creation, the gifts of family and friendship; about their inherent value in God’s eyes, their importance in the world;
  • read Bible stories and learn through art projects and various activities,
  • receive instruction leading up to the First Holy Communion.

How do we meet: The classes for pre-K through 6th grade meet on Sunday from 9:30 AM until 11 AM on the second floor of St. Thomas the Apostle School.

The fee for the year is $125.00 for the first child, $75 for the family’s second child, and $50 for each additional child.

Requirements: For children from Pre-K through 6th Grades / First Communion Class.

Contact: For more information contact Parish Office at (773) 324-2626.  / email: parishoffice@stapostleparish.org (Needed also: Those willing to become Sunday School Catechists.)

Our program also provides preparation for first reconciliation and first Communion. You can download STA Sunday School / Religious Education Program Registration Form and return it to the parish office.

The 2018-2019 school year started on September 16.  STA Sunday School Calendar 2018-19 (pdf.)

“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” (Proverbs, 22:6)

“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. The parish is the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.” (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2226)


More about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd see here: http://stapostleparish.org/ministries/religious-education-ministries/shepherd/