Religious Education Program (REP)

The purpose of the religious education program is to assist parents in the religious education of their children, develop their faith, and help them develop a personal relationship with Jesus.  These programs are for those children not attending OLW school.  Click here to see the OLW Religious Education Handbook

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  • Sister Joan Shields, S.N.D. de N., Director of Religious Education for: Pre-School through Grade 4, R.C.I.C. for children and Vacation Bible School.
  • Sister Adrienne Weseman, S.N.D. de N., Director of Religious Education for Grade 5-8.
  • Louise Dickey, Religious Education Secretary.

Directors and secretary may be reached by calling the Religious Education Office, (847) 398-5011.  If no one is available to take your call, you may leave a message with our voice mail. We will return your call as soon as possible.

Grade Level Programs

Tuesday Afternoon and Evening Classes
Our Tuesday programs continue to offer our families a child-centered, traditional religious education for their children. Grades 1-4 meet every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. in Our Lady of the Wayside Elementary School. Grades 5-6 and First/Second Year Confirmation Prep classes (grades 7-8) alternate Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Middle School. Classes begin in September and continue through April.

Classes weave together Catholic doctrine, Scripture, Christian living and prayer in an integrated approach. In addition to the textbook, volunteer catechists use a variety of age appropriate methods (such as discussion, role playing, audio visuals, group projects) to enhance their teaching of religious truths. Service opportunities are given to the children to encourage their care of others. Various forms of prayer experiences are incorporated into the curriculum to help children develop their relationship with God.

Parent involvement consists of assistance with homework, volunteerism and helping with special events. Classes are held in the classrooms of the elementary and middle school buildings. Children come together with a peer community in which to learn and grow in their faith.


All families registering for the parish religious education program must obtain a parishioner number. This is done by registering in the parish office, located in the Rectory. A registration cannot be finalized until parishioner registration is complete. Parents are asked to be contributing members of the parish through the use of weekly Church envelopes.

In an extreme situation, we would accept a student outside the parish. The parents(s) would notify the parish office of this fact. A recommendation would be made by the Director of Religious Education in conjunction with the pastor. An additional charge of $280.00 per family is assessed to non-parish families.

Registrations are taken in the Religious Education Office. Families new to our program must register in person and bring a copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate at the time of registration.

Please download, print and then complete the Registration/Volunteer Form and send it to the OLW Religious Education Office.