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.

Are you thinking of possibly getting involved in parish ministry?

Are you looking for something meaningful, spiritual, a ministry where you can make a real difference in someone’s life?

Then please consider SPRED.

Spred serves to assist children and adults with various developmental and cognitive disabilities such as Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, anyone in the Autism Spectrum, learning disabilities, etc. Spred program welcomes children and adults into small faith communities where friendships are formed and people from our parish journey with them in faith. Spred helps each of our friends to know God and prepare them for full participation in the sacramental life of the parish. The Spred program generally runs from September through March.

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 about Spred please contact our chairperson Elaine Alexander at 1-773-608-9651 or call and leave a message at the rectory.