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Special Religious Education

Spred is a program of religious education specifically designed to meet the spiritual needs of persons with developmental disabilities from age six through adulthood. Here at St. Patrick, we offer Spred to individuals aged 11-16. Spred invites and trains volunteers to prepare a special place where they can welcome persons with developmental disabilities. Through the experience of friendship in one-to-one relationships, our friends discover a place where they belong and can enjoy meaningful relationships which help them realize their own giftedness and dignity. Through participation in a Spred community of faith, our friends are better able to celebrate the sacraments and enter into the worshipping experiences of the whole Church.


Spred offers the following mission statement:

- To form small communities of faith in parishes;

- To welcome persons with developmental disabilities and learning problems;

- To foster inclusion in assemblies of worship.


For more information about our Spred, please contact Jennifer Boldry at 847.234.1401 ext. 211 or visit

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