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MISSION

SPRED (Special Religious Education) forms small communities of faith in parishes to welcome persons with developmental disabilities in order to foster participation in parish assemblies of worship.

SPRED began in 1960 when Fr. James McCarthy from the Archdiocese of Chicago began to work with parents, special educators and catechist volunteers. In 1967 SPRED was established as an agency of the Archdiocese. It is now part of the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis and Worship.

SPRED serves the residents of group homes and state facilities within the Archdiocese of Chicago through collaboration with twenty-one agencies that each has multiple housing sites.

Parish based SPRED centers serve children, adolescents and adults who have developmental disabilities in the Archdiocese. SPRED catechists complete thirty hours of training. Presently there are 850 active catechists working in 136 SPRED Centers in the Archdiocese of Chicago. One catechist sponsor is available for each person with special needs plus a leadership team. 670 persons with developmental disabilities are served.

Upcoming Events

 

MOSR Game Day watch party

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Sun Oct 24, 12:00 am - Come watch the game with other parishioners! See graphic for details.


Emmaus Walk Grief Support

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Mon Oct 25, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Emmaus Walk, a support group for adults grieving the loss of a loved one, will begin meeting on Monday, October...


Fall Festival

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Fri Oct 29, 12:00 am - Join us for Fall Festival Oct 29 in the courtyard and parking lot for trunk or treat! get all the...


Emmaus Walk Grief Support

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Mon Nov 01, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Emmaus Walk, a support group for adults grieving the loss of a loved one, will begin meeting on Monday, October...


Mass of Remembrance

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Tue Nov 02, 7:00 pm - Mass of Remembrance Nov 2, 2021 at 7PM contact Sr Val for more.


Life Teen 1st and 3rd Sundays

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Sun Nov 07, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - High School Youth group 6:30pm Join us in the community room


Emmaus Walk Grief Support

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Mon Nov 08, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Emmaus Walk, a support group for adults grieving the loss of a loved one, will begin meeting on Monday, October...


Life Teen 1st and 3rd Sundays

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Sun Nov 21, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - High School Youth group 6:30pm Join us in the community room


Life Teen 1st and 3rd Sundays

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Sun Dec 05, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - High School Youth group 6:30pm Join us in the community room