Explore 4 Reflection - Grades 1-8


With Explore Four”, we ask families to attend at least 4 St. Jude sponsored events or activities during the course of a year.  Each family is expected to participate in a minimum of four different events or activities and complete an Explore Four Reflection form for each event.


  • If you have children in both Families Living Faith (1-6) and Junior High Youth Ministry (7-8) your family is only expected to complete four Explore 4 Reflections per year, per family. Please include all the children’s names on the Explore 4 Reflection.
  • Explore Four events focus on PARISH opportunities for being formed in the faith. If the event happens at St. Jude or is sponsored by St. Jude, it counts as an Explore 4 opportunity.
  • If any one member of your family attends an event, it can count as an Explore 4 for your entire family.
  • If an event is not a St. Jude parish or Joliet Diocese sponsored event, please do not list it as an Explore 4 event. Most local community events, though positive in nature and intent, do not count as Explore Four events. If you have questions about whether an event can be included or not, please call our office at 815-463-4260/463-4262. 

Reminder for Grades 7-8

Suggested acts of service can also fulfill Stewardship activities or Explore but not both - please contact Matthew Krumdrick or Jennifer Lebhardt regarding Stewardship Log questions.

Reminder for Grades 1-6

Sacramental Preparation can count towards your family's Explore 4 expectation.  


“Explore Four” events include but are not limited to:

Monthly Parent Sessions
St. Francis Pet Blessing
Local Service Opportunities
Rosary for Life
Stations of the Cross
Cross Walk
Eucharistic Adoration
Giving Tree
First Reconciliation Preparation
First Eucharist Family Retreat
First Eucharist Practice
Catholic Skills Workshop: Scripture
Catholic Skills Workshop: Prayer
Confirmation Preparation
Gospel Small Groups/Prayer Groups
Bible Studies
Life in the Spirit
Family Advent Wreath Making
Rake and Run
Family Movie Night
Family Game Day
Mission Trips Pizza Taster
L.I.F.E. Enrichment Series
Liturgy of the Hours
Adult Formation Speakers
Elizabeth Ministry Events
Meal Angels
Parish Mission
Catechist/Adult Formation Sessions
Jr. Women’s Club Retreats/Events
Men’s Ministry DVD Series
Men’s Ministry Events
Welcome Retreat Weekends
Peace & Social Justice Events
Respect Life Committee Events
Feed My Starving Children
Mission Trips
Daddy/Daughter Dance
Fish Frys