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Dr. Elena Chermak, Director of Religious Education


Hello! My name is Elena Chermak, and I have been at Saint John Fisher for many years, happily serving both the school and parish. I am excited to work with all the children, faculty, and staff as the Director of Religious Education for the school and parish. I am a resource person for religious education and plan the daily prayers, school masses, prayer services, and celebration of the sacraments. I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and, as the 2nd of 8 children, I come from a big family for whom faith is very important. I came to Chicago to earn a Master of Arts in Divinity at the University of Chicago, followed by a Doctor of Ministry degree at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake – (Mundelein Seminary). Working with your children in our wonderful faith-filled-family of Saint John Fisher brings great joy daily. I look forward to an exciting year with the students, principal, staff, priests, teachers and parents of our great community.

Christmas Eve Gospel for 2nd Grade

Posted on Dec 24, 2018

December 21, 2018


Dear Second Grade Christmas Gospel Parent,

          A few words about the Christmas gospel for Christmas Eve:

          We have reserved pews for the children reading the Christmas gospel. These are in the transept in the front of the church, next to the organ. Those who are in the children’s choir will participate in both the gospel and their children’s choir parts.

          The children will meet in room 112 next to the school/church foyer at 3:30 p.m., for the 4:00 p.m. mass on Christmas Eve. The 4:00 p.m. is a very crowded mass (and parking lot!) It would be a good idea for your family to arrive early to get a seat.

We ask the children to wear their "Sunday best." We have tinsel halos and shepherd head-dresses prepared for each child, which the teachers will give them in the classroom that day. The children process into the mass. They sit in the transept next to the organ console. Any child in the choir will stand in the choir area, as usual, for their singing part in the mass.

The children will process out to room 112, where they will turn in their “costumes”.  Plan to pick up your child from room 112.

Parents may sit in any part of the church.

The children are doing very well. They are great readers! They add richness and beauty to this celebration through their joy, sincerity. Their enthusiasm is infectious!

Thank you for participating in this mass.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!    




Mrs. Nash       Ms. Chermak    Mrs. Kellam     Mrs. Ade          Ms. Broncato    


Thanks for all your help to make the Christmas gospel beautiful!