Religious Education Program

Margaret Waldron, MBA, LEM, MAPS
Certified Director of Religious Education
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish
Direct Line:  847-998-5289
OLPH RE website:


OLPH RE Update:  Volunteers Needed to Reopen and Celebrating 
RE Confirmation and First Communion Masses. 
Will you help us and serve on the Religious Education & Youth Ministry Reopening Team?

The Archdiocese of Chicago now allows for Religious Education and Youth Ministry Programs to meet twice monthly in-person if the RE and YM Programs are certified by the Archdiocese to reopen. The certification process is rigorous and complex, but possible with the help of many committed people. The Archdiocese also states that students and youth may only gather in groups of 15 and groups of 15 cannot be combined into a large group. 
The Religious Education and Youth Ministry Reopening Team (“Reopening Team”) relies on volunteers to help bring our students and youth back on site for in-person learning and youth ministry events. We cannot reopen for the students and youth without a dedicated team of volunteers to serve when the students or youth are scheduled to be in-person on parish grounds, whether inside or outside. 

The Reopening Team currently needs people to serve in the following roles and teams: 1) Signage and Taping Team; 2) Greeting, Hand Sanitizer, and Temperature Takers Team; 3) Parking Lot Guardian Team; and 4) Hall Monitors and Route Advisors Team. This Reopening Team is an active team, not an advisory team. We need active people committed to be on site when students or youth would be scheduled to be on site either weekday afternoons 4:00 to 5:30pm, weekday evenings 6:00 to 7:30pm or weekends depending on the event needs. 

If you are willing to help these children and youth, please sign up here on our OLPH RE Website or email Margaret Waldron, Director of Religious Education at
8th Grade Confirmation classes conclude the last week of April 2021 and grades Preschool through 7th grade conclude the week of May 10, 2021. Youth Ministry hopes to include our newly-confirmed students in their Youth Ministry events with any existing high school students in our parish. 

Thank you for considering serving the children and youth of our parish Religious Education and Youth Ministry Programs
First Communion and Confirmation Masses for RE Students and Families

Once again, Fr. Jerry has offered multiple Masses for the Religious Education students so that they may bring 10 (ten) guests to their scheduled Confirmation or First Communion Mass for a total of 11 people from each family. Therefore, we do not exceed the 112 people maximum capacity in the Church.  

We have scheduled 8 (eight) Confirmation Masses and 8 (eight) First Communion Masses beginning April 25 and May 1 respectively. Families may sign up for their child’s Mass on the RE website under the Liturgies and Sacraments drop down list. First Communion Mass sign up is here. Confirmation Mass sign up is here.
Below is our Confirmation and First Communion Mass schedule. 

Confirmation Masses Catechist
Sun., April 25 at 3:00pm Mr. Geof Lutz
Sun., April 25 at 5:00pm Mr. Jim Mahoney
Sun., May 16 at 3:00pm Any Confirmation RE Students
Sun., May 16 at 5:00pm Mrs. Steiger/Mr. Casey
Sun., May 23 at 3:00pm Mr. Phil Franz Seitz
Sun., May 23 at 5:00pm Mr. Keith Schoeneberger
Sun., June 6 at 3:00pm Fr. Jim Barrett
Sun., June 6 at 5:00pm Any Confirmation RE Students

First Communion Masses Catechist
Sat., May 1 at 1:00pm Mrs. Mary Sue Smith
Sat., May 8 at 1:00pm Miss Theresa Jedziniak
Sat., May 8 at 3:00pm Mrs. Mary Sue Smith
Sat., May 22 at 1:00pm Fr. Larry Basbas
Sat., May 22 at 3:00pm Any First Communion RE Students
Sat., May 29 at 1:00pm Any First Communion RE Students
Sat., June 19 at 1:00pm Mrs. Molly Kuhn
Sat., June 19 at 3:00pm Any First Communion RE Students
Please keep our OLPH RE students, families, catechists and me in your prayers.   Thank you.

Margaret Waldron
DRE, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish
Direct Line: 847-998-5289
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Contact person: 
Margaret Waldron