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Parish Special Needs Programs

Below is the information we have about how parishes around the diocese serve children and youth with special needs/disabilities in religious education and sacrament preparation. While we do have some separate programs around the diocese, the local parish is always the first place to begin, as many young people may be mainstreamed (included) in regular programs, with appropriate accommodations. (If a child has a public school IEP, it is helpful if that can be shared with the parish, so the staff can know how the child learns best.)

ALL children/youth are welcome to participate, to the best of their abilities, in learning about their faith and being prepared for and receiving sacraments, even the most profoundly disabled. The USCCB Guidelines for Sacraments with Persons With Disabilities clearly state that no matter how serious the disability, and even if there is no verbal ability, all persons have the right to sacraments. The difference is how we recognize and honor "readiness" in these individuals. For more information, contact a parish in your area (information below) or call Joyce Donahue 815-221-6146 jdonahue@dioceseofjoliet.org

Has your program changed in any way?
Contact the REO, (815) 221-6147

Parish Location Generally: Mainstreamed or Separate?
St. Joseph Addison Mainstreamed
Alternative program available at need
Carlo Zeffiro
(630) 279-6553 x17
St. Philip Addison Mainstreamed Nancy McKnight
(630) 543-1754
Assumption of the BVM Ashkum Mainstreamed Jessica Behrends
(815) 698-2262
Our Lady of Mercy Aurora Mainstreamed
Parental attendance permitted
Mary Jo Tripani
(630) 851-3444 x236
St. Mary Beaverville Mainstreamed Ryan Loy
(815) 486-7144
St. Alexis Bensenville Mainstreamed Tila Cortez
(630) 766-4417
St. Charles Borromeo Bensenville Mainstreamed
SPRED program for adults and children
Mary Kravchuk
(630) 766-8822
St. Isidore Bloomingdale Mainstreamed
Alternative visual/hands-on program on Saturdays with professional special needs educator
Vera Zielinski
(630) 529-9191
St. Dominic Bolingbrook Mainstreamed, with one-on-one work with catechist
Chris Hannigan-Wiehn
(630) 739-5703 x223
St. Francis of Assisi Bolingbrook Children's REACH program, Saturdays Terry Palicka
(630) 759-7588 x109
Maternity of the BVM Bourbonnais Mainstreamed. Faith Buddies program available in Manteno. Maria Pallissard
(815) 933-8226
St. Joseph Bradley Mainstreamed, with tra.ined catechist. Faith Buddies program available in Manteno.
Anita Lovell
(815) 937-9340
Immaculate Conception Braidwood Individualized instruction available with trained special needs teachers held at Assumption BVM in Coal City.
Deacon Bill Dunn
(815) 634-4171
Corpus Christi Carol Stream Mainstreamed Mary Lou Conroy
(630) 483-4222
St. Luke Carol Stream Mainstreamed Mark Donovan
(630) 665-2322
St. Ann Channahon Mainstreamed. Faith Buddies program available in Manteno. Tom Uraski
(815) 467-6962
Ss. Mary and Joseph Chebanse Not generally mainstreamed. Contact parish.
Dawn Haigh
(815) 697-2654
Notre Dame Clarendon Hills

Mainstreamed with tutorial support and aides as student's needs dictate. Specialized support for sacrament preparation.

Colleen Case
(630) 601-1762
St. Peter Clifton Contact parish
Kim Rabideau
(815) 694-2970
St. Ambrose Crest Hill Mainstreamed Sr. Mary Frances Werner
(630) 257-7844
St. Anne Crest Hill Mainstreamed Sr. Mary Frances Werner
(815) 722-3222
Assumption of the BVM Coal City Individualized instruction available with trained special needs teachers
Deacon Bill Dunn
(815) 634-4171
Our Lady of Korean Martyrs Darien [No answer]
Philip Kim
(847) 627-0817
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Darien

Mainstreamed when possible.
CHRISTOS programwith individualized instruction twice a month on Saturday afternoons

Sherry Rochford
(630) 963-3053
Our Lady of Peace Darien Mainstreamed

Jeanne Waliczek
(630) 986-8430
Divine Savior Downers Grove Mainstreamed
Maureen Januszewski
(630) 969-1673 x132
St. Joseph Downers Grove Mainstreamed
REACH Program available
Jacquie Lackaff
(630) 971-1740
St. Mary of Gostyn Downers Grove Mainstreamed Parish Office
(630) 960-3565
Immaculate Conception Elmhurst Mainstreamed
Josephine Bastianoni
(630) 530-3480
Mary Queen of Heaven Elmhurst Mainstreamed Mary Glaudell
(630) 832-8962
Visitation Elmhurst Mainstreamed
Alternative program on case-by-case basis
Matt Pozen
(630) 279-7058
St. Anthony Frankfort Mainstreamed
As needed, a small alternative class is available.
Dcn. Tony Schlott
(815) 469-3750 x149
Our Lady of Lourdes Gibson City No information
Alyce Hafer
Contact Parish
Immaculate Conception Gilman Mainstreamed Anita Melgoza
(815) 265-7236
Queenship of Mary Glen Ellyn Not mainstreamed, but no program information offered
Hung Thai Nguyen
Contact Parish
St. James Glen Ellyn Mainstreamed Lisa Weesner
(630) 469-7540 x30
St. Petronille Glen Ellyn Mainstreamed
Alternative programs depend on circumstance
Christine Balaty
(630) 858-3796
St. Matthew Glendale Hts Mainstreamed Mick Ruddle
(630) 469-5178
Sacred Heart Goodrich Not mainstreamed. Faith Buddies program available in Manteno. Rhonda Berns
Contact Parish
St. Margaret Mary Herscher Mainstreamed. Faith Buddies program available in Manteno. Stacie Clyden-Powers
(815) 426-2550
St. Isaac Jogues Hinsdale Mainstreamed. Individualized instruction available with trained special needs teachers.
Joan Latto
(630) 323-0265
Our Mother of Good Counsel Homer Glen Mainstreamed Janet Litterio
(708) 301-0214
St. Bernard Homer Glen Mainstreamed, with assistance from parents, school IEP, etc.
Patricia Bass
(708) 301-6952
Sacred Heart Mission Hopkins Park Not generally mainstreamed, but no program information offered
Sr. Mary Beth Clements
(815) 944-5562
St. James Irwin Not generally mainstreamed. Faith Buddies program available in Manteno. Alicia Miller
(815) 426-2550
St. Andrew Kim Itasca Not generally mainstreamed, but no program information offered
Brian Pregler
(630) 250-0576
St. Peter Itasca Mainstreamed Toni Pietrowski
(630) 773-1272 x216
Cathedral of St. Raymond Joliet New separate REACH program meets twice a month on Mondays
Christine Pershey
(815) 722-6653
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Joliet Mainstreamed
Nata Martinez
(815) 727-6330
St. Francis Xavier Joliet Mainstreamed Penny Giunta
(815) 436-4501
St. John the Baptist Joliet Mainstreamed, but if needed separate program is taught by catechist trained in special needs education.
Julianne Daletski
(815) 727-9077
St. Joseph Joliet Mainstreamed Cherie Gimbel
(815) 727-9378
St. Jude Joliet Mainstreamed, with a separate program provided on a case-by-case basis
Sarah Reznicek
(815) 725-2209 x405
St. Mary Magdalene Joliet Mainstreamed Sr. Jude Marie Naiden
(815) 727-4600
St. Mary Nativity Joliet Mainstreamed Nanci Lukasic-Smith
(815) 726-4073
St. Patrick Joliet Mainstreamed Julie Dillenburg
(815) 726-2924
St. Paul Joliet Mainstreamed Jennifer Jones
(815) 725-6927
St. John Paul II
Kankakee Mainstreamed. Faith Buddies program available in Manteno. Sr. Evangeline Kiambati
(815) 932-7911
St. Patrick
Kankakee Mainstreamed. Special Sacraments classes 1 & 2. Faith Buddies program available in Manteno. Eileen Kregor
(815) 932-6716
Sacred Heart Kinsman No special needs cases have arisen
Luri Mayer-Lorentz
Contact Parish
St. Joan of Arc Lisle Not mainstreamed
Provided REACH program until recently-- in need of new coordinator. Contact parish.
Dolly Pointner
(630) 963-4500 x4517
St. Dennis Lockport Mainstreamed
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Venus Wozniak
(815) 838-2592
St. John Vianney Lockport Mainstreamed Bernadetta Kopinski
Contact Parish
St. Joseph Lockport Mainstreamed Deacon Dennis Stolarz
(815) 838-0592
Christ the King Lombard Mainstreamed
Aides and extra time outside class as needed
Loretta Crotty
(630) 396-6078
Divine Mercy Mission Lombard Mainstreamed
Barbara Musial
(630) 543-7027
Sacred Heart Lombard Mainstreamed Dr. Linda Andrejek
(630) 495-0843
St. Pius X Lombard Mainstreamed
SPRED Program available
Elizabeth Becerra
630-627-4526 x204
St. Joseph Manhattan Mainstreamed.   Kelly Hoehn
(815) 478-4452
St. Joseph Manteno

Faith Buddies program for Children

Jessica Dickson
(815) 468-3403
St. Mary Minooka Mainstreamed
Fred Ban
(815) 467-2233 x104
St. Mary Mokena Mainstreamed
REACH for Children
Nicole Brochmann
(708) 326-9355
St. Patrick Momence Mainstreamed. Faith Buddies program available in Manteno. John Rehmer
Contact Parish
St. Boniface Monee Mainstreamed Dcn. Mark & Anita Otten
(708) 534-9682
Immaculate Conception Morris Mainstreamed, but separate program as needed
Julie Dillenburg
(815) 942-0620
Holy Spirit Naperville Mainstreamed
Jane Ehrlich
(630) 922-0081 x36
Ss. Peter and Paul Naperville Mainstreamed
Children's and Adult REACH available
Theresa Pratt
(630) 357-2436
St. Elizabeth Seton Naperville Mainstreamed
Alternatively, REACH at St. Raphael or Ss. Peter and Paul
Peggy Idstein
(630) 416-1992
St. Margaret Mary Naperville Mainstreamed Sue Davey
(630) 369-0777
St. Raphael Naperville

Separate REACH program.

Jeanne McDonald
Contact parish
(630) 355-4545

St. Thomas the Apostle Naperville Mainstreamed
REACH in collaboration with St. Raphael
Patti Dougherty
(630) 355-8980
St. Jude New Lenox Mainstreamed
Alternative special needs class, parental attendance or one-on-one available

Steve Martin
(815) 463-4223
or Katie Neu
(815) 463-4291

Ascension of Our Lord Oakbrook Terrace Mainstreamed
Alternatively, individual/one-to-one instruction
Vince Zaprzal
(630) 953-4415
St. Anne Oswego Mainstreamed
One-on-one and small groups available as needed
Cathy Gillooly
(630) 554-1425
St. Mary Park Forest Mainstreamed Aaron Canty
(708) 228-5592
St. Mary Paxton Mainstreamed
No special needs children at this time
Dan Schneider
(217) 379-4033
St. Paul Peotone Mainstreamed. Faith Buddies program available in Manteno. Deacon Jim Kelly
(708) 258-9580
St. Peter Piper City Mainstream Sharie Schuette
(815) 686-9260
St. Mary Immaculate Plainfield Separate program
Two individualized groups meet once a week
Geri Morse
(815) 436-4501
St. Mary Plano Mainstreamed, but parents may attend
Deacon Eduardo Murillo
St. Mary Reddick Mainstreamed Bridget Hoffman
(815) 949-1568
St. Joseph Rockdale Mainstreamed
Elizabeth Kelch
(815) 725-4469
St. Andrew Romeoville Mainstream except by parental request
Annmarie Ott
(815) 886-4165
St. Walter Roselle Mainstreamed, but with Individual Faith Plan to aid in education
Valerie Della Penna
(630) 894-5880 x3019
Holy Family Shorewood Mainstreamed, but supervised homeschooling also available
Leslie Krauledis
(815) 730-8691
St. Lawrence S. Wilmington Mainstreamed
Tiffany Stabb
St. Anne St. Anne Mainstreamed
Alternative program to fit each child's individual needs
Kim Emerson
(815) 937-5690
St. George St. George
Denise Dillard
(815) 432-5569
St. Liborius Steger Mainstreamed
If needed, some catechists are certified Special Ed teachers
Margie Wergrzyn
(708) 754-3460
St. Alexander Villa Park Separate program based on need and circumstances
Ann Kreuger
(630) 832-0506
St. John the Apostle
Villa Park Mainstreamed Dolly Foley
(630) 832-7588
St. Irene Warrenville Mainstreamed
Separate class if needed
Jacqueline Skelly
(630) 393-2400 x121
St. Edmund Watseka Mainstreamed Patty Duffy
(815) 432-5569
Resurrection Wayne Mainstreamed
Separate program for Confirmation preparation
Diane Downey
(630) 289-5400 x 215
St. Mary West Chicago Mainstreamed Sharon Urban
(630) 231-5704
Holy Trinity Westmont Mainstreamed
REACH program (individualized) available
Joanne Gregoire
(630) 968-5978 x111
St. Daniel the Prophet
Wheaton Mainstreamed Diane Ahlemeyer
(630) 384-0123
St. Mark Wheaton Mainstreamed Bridget Gallagher
(630) 668-4614
St. Michael Wheaton Mainstreamed Tammy Croll
(630) 682-3650
St. Rose Wilmington Special classroom for profoundly affected children with a certified instructor
Sarah Enz
Contact Parish
St. Patrick Wilton Center Mainstreamed. Faith Buddies program available in Manteno. RAmy Pfeiffer
(815) 478-3440
St. John the Baptist Winfield Mainstreamed Maureen Brennan
(630) 682-4400
Holy Ghost Wood Dale Mainstreamed
Parental attendance/homeschooling available
Kathy Grant
(630) 766-1045
Christ the Servant Woodridge Mainstreamed Liz Jesse
(630) 910-0770
St. Scholastica Woodridge Mainstreamed
Beth Cartner
(630) 985-9255 x117
St. Patrick Yorkville Separate program
Special needs catechists on Wednesdays at 4:30
Michele Gonzales
(630)553-6671 x23

Do you need to find a parish near you? Try the parish map search located here.

Resources for parishioners with special needs and their support system can be found here. Also check out Children of Mary, a group for teen Catholics with special needs. More information can be found here.