SPRED – Special Religious Education
Faith Formation and Inclusion for Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities.
SPRED (Special Religious Development) created by the Archdiocese of Chicago is a unique program offering spiritual enrichment, for persons with developmental disabilities and/or learning problems including autism and ADHD. With the support of the SPRED Agency, a parish welcomes these children and adults into small faith community where they form friendships with people from the parish who journey with them in faith. SPRED helps each participant to know God and prepare them for full participation in the sacramental life of the parish.
There are four particular age groups in the SPRED Archdiocese program with each parish focusing on a certain age group. The groups are: 6-10 year old children; 11-16 year old teens; 17-21 year old young people; and adults (22 years and older). The SPRED program at St. Jane offers the opportunity to young adults and adults. Our group consists of eight adult volunteer and seven friends. Through prayer, activities, stories, Scripture reading, song and a simple meal, our catechists’ help our special friends learn and understand about our faith.
If you are a parent with a special needs child or adult we welcome you to further explore this unique program. For additional information please contact our rectory and ask to speak to Fr. Cronin or Deacon Ron.
We are also in need of volunteers. Please note that You Do Not Need Experience or feel that you must have prior knowledge of what this is about. The only requirement is that you are over 21 years of age and have a love for working with people! Believe me when I say, SPRED is a very worthwhile ministry where the rewards far outweigh the benefits. To learn more please contact the rectory and speak to Deacon Ron or Mrs. Irma Villarreal at 773.484.5215