Religious Education Program

General Information

The Religious Education Program at Our Lady of Perpetual Help provides Catholic faith formation to children in grades Preschool through Eighth grade who attend the community public schools.  Our Lady of Perpetual Help, along with The Archdiocese of Chicago, encourages participation in all years of formation for a full and complete religious education experience.  The goal of the OLPH Religious Education Program is to provide a learning environment that builds upon the previous year for a richer more comprehensive religious education experience.

The Religious Education (RE) program of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish is essential to carrying out the Parish mission to teach and preach the gospel to all people. The program provides spiritual formation and religious education to families, which furthers the goals of the Parish.

Parents, through word and example, are the primary faith educators of their children. The RE program helps parents in their work by teaching our rich Catholic heritage and provides a basis for faith formation.

This process is carried out not only by classroom discussion and teaching, but also through participation in prayer, special celebrations and worship opportunities, and service to others. In this way, the child is led to a closer relationship with God, other children, and the total Christian faith community.

Sacrament Preparation

Our Lady of Perpetual Help along with The Archdiocese of Chicago requires participation in a religious education program for a minimum of two consecutive years for sacramental preparation prior to receiving a sacrament. 

Therefore, the students in Grade 1 begin the preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist and complete the preparation in Grade 2 at which time the sacraments are received. The students in Grade 7 begin the preparation for Confirmation and complete the preparation in Grade 8 at which time the sacrament is received. 


Confirmation Handbook 2016-2017

Confirmation Candidate and Parent Expectations 2016-2017

Confirmation "Called to Serve Service Forms"

Works of Mercy


Reconciliation & Eucharist Handbook 2016-2017

Schedule of Traditional R.E. Classes (September - May)

Grades PK–8: Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Grades 1–8: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Grades PK–8: Saturdays, 9:00 – 10:30 am
Grade PK-K: Sundays, 9:00 – 10:30 am

Schedule of Classes PK - 8th Grades 2016-2017

Schedule of Sunday PK-K Classes

Highlighted Events and Meetings 2016-2017

The Family TREE (Together in Religious Education Experiences) Program

“The family likewise needs to be bolstered not only by the proclamation of the Gospel but also by guidance in its work of education. The commonly shared goal is to give the family an increasingly active role in the process of the transmission of the faith.”  Vatican City, 2012

The Family TREE program is an innovative approach to faith formation that involves all generations in learning and growing together through their experience and participation in church life.  This program seeks to prepare all ages and generations for meaningful participation in the life of the Church.  Each monthly session assists families in a greater understanding of an upcoming Mass or Liturgical Season.  Here, families come together nine times per year to learn about our faith.  We will explore six themes throughout the course of the year:  Church Feasts and Seasons, Sacraments, Creed, Justice, Prayer and Morality.  The TREE program seeks to encourage life-long intergenerational learning for all ages by helping families and individuals not only to learn about their religion, but also develop their faith and sense of belonging to the parish community. 

Schedule of Classes Family TREE 2016-2017



Visit the Religious Education Program on The City for more information about the Religious Education Program at OLPH!  All current RE families who have a valid email address should be enrolled in The City, the parish online communication resource site.  The site gives helpful resources for families and is where the RE Office posts dates of meetings, events and class closings.  This is an educational resource for all age groups. 

Keep in mind, The City is not just about information, it's connection and conversation; it's this two way street where you can connect with people on a daily basis.  It really is this place on line where you can actually do church and share your life with other people!   Afterall, alone with can do so little, but together we can do so much! 

Join The City today at ( Remember to search for the Religious Education Program by using the search bar in the upper right hand corner of the main City newsfeed). 

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Contact person: 
Cherie DiCesare, Director of Religious Education