Religious Education Program (REP)

Thank you for your interest in Our Lady of the Wayside’s Religious Education Program (REP).  REP assists parents with developing their children’s faith and with fostering their personal relationship with Jesus. We serve families with children in 1st through 8th grades who are not attending Catholic School.

Grade Level Programs:

Tuesday Afternoon and Evening Classes

Grades 1-4 meet most Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. Grades 5-6 and First/Second Year Confirmation Prep classes (grades 7-8) alternate Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Classes begin in September and continue through April for all grades and are held in the classrooms of the elementary (Grades 1-4) and middle school buildings (Grades 5-8).

For the 2022-23 school year, classes will meet in person. If you are uneasy with your child meeting in person for REP, please contact Danielle Pitzer, Director of Lifelong Faith Formation, at (847) 398-5043 or to discuss alternative that might better meet your family’s needs.

Classes weave together Catholic doctrine, Scripture, Christian living, and prayer in an integrated approach. Volunteer catechists use a variety of age appropriate methods (using a grade-appropriate textbook, discussion, role playing, audio visuals, and group projects) to encourage their students to explore religious truths and invite a close relationship with Jesus. Various forms of prayer experiences are incorporated into the curriculum to help children develop their relationship with God.

Service opportunities Our students participate in service opportunities to encourage their care of others and a greater awareness of Catholic social justice themes.

Parent are also asked to serve with activities including: assistance with homework, volunteering to help with traffic management and as hall monitors, teaching REP classes as catechists, and helping with special events.


To register your child/children for the upcoming year, please click here: Online Registration Packet For 2022 2023. If you have questions, or require additional information regarding Our Lady of the Wayside’s Religious Education Program, please contact Danielle Pitzer, Director of Lifelong Faith Formation, at (847) 398-5043 or

Families registering for REP are encouraged to register with Our Lady of the Wayside. We accept students from outside the parish, too. Completed registration forms (Online Registration Packet For 2022 2023), a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate, and payment for the classes must be submitted at the time of registration. Forms can be dropped off in the Parish Center Office during business hours (M-F from 9:00-5:00).

Thank you for choosing the REP program at Our Lady of the Wayside. We look forward to assisting your child on his/her faith journey.