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Dr. Elena Chermak, Director of Religious Education

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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.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary

Posted on Jun 08, 2020

The fourth graders host our All School Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Although December 8th was a Sunday this year, this feast was moved to Monday, December 9th - so we were excited to celebrate with all the school.

Mary of the Immaculate Conception is the patron saint of the Americas. The fourth graders remember that we Mary said, "yes" to God. We present the reading of our universal Church on this day: The Garden of Eden, a reading from Saint Paul, the Gospel of the Annunciation. The children offer the prayers of the faithful, and pray the "Hail, Mary" in a variety of languages. 

Thank you fourth graders for leading our prayer so beautifully.

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