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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 Prayer Service Pep Assembly

Posted on Jun 09, 2020


A highlight of the 8th grade year is planning and presenting the Christmas Prayer Service/Pep Assembly. This event began years ago when an eighth grader asked, "Ms. Chermak - we have pep assemblies for our sports teams; we are so excited for the coming of Christmas - could we have a pep assembly for Jesus."

And so we have, ever since, as the last gathering before dismissal for Christmas break.

The prayer service/pep assembly includes traditional carols, prayers, the Christmas Eve reading from Isaiah, and the Christmas gospel. The 8th graders plan additional readings and songs based on school themes, and end with a favorite song: Children Go Where I Send Thee. 

This year since our theme was Angels Among Us, the eighth graders wrote and presented skits based on the angel in "It's a Wonderful Life" and the angels in Home Alone 1 and 2. They sang "Sleigh Ride" followed by Father Ken playing that song on his electric guitar.

We concluded and reported our Advent Kindness Activity.

Thank you to the 8th graders for your creativity, willingness to participate so enthusiastically, and your expert presenting skills. Thank you 2nd graders for the Christmas gospel.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year, 2020!