Religious Education

Religious Education

Contact: Anna Mae Parkhill, Director of Catechesis

The Office for Catechesis is devoted to helping children of our parish become closer to God by becoming fully initiated into this community of Catholic faith. Our office directs and organizes the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation for the children of both the School and Catechesis program.

We also direct the religious formation for the children in our parish attending public school. Our primary goal is to provide parents with the support to raise your children in the Catholic faith and build a family life which is built upon and completely intertwined with that faith. It is an honor and a privilege to serve and support your family!  


At St. Paul, we believe we should offer our families choices, making their Catholic faith as accessible as possible! Below are the choices that we provide, but please be sure to go to the Catechesis website to read more details!


Regular Program – In Person

These classes are grade level and take place in a classroom setting. Here we invite children to get to know Jesus personally, to see Him as a source of comfort in the challenges of their daily lives, learn about their Catholic faith so that they may love and live their faith, and to connect with other children in their faith community.


Directed Study Program – In Person and Remote Option

This option is for parents who want to homeschool their children, along with partial instruction. Class meets once a month and the parent attends with the child – Each class three chapters of work are handed in, by either emailing them or handing in the chapters at class, for a total of 18 chapters.


Video Lesson Program - Remote

During this time of Covid, we are offering this option where grade-level, 30-minute lessons are emailed home. The lessons walk the students through the chapters and most of the answers to the chapter questions. The students complete all of the questions in the chapter and return the lessons via email after each chapter is completed.


Independent Study - 7th Grade - In Person   /   Independent Study - 8th Grade - In Person

Similar to Directed Study, these two options meet once a month but the parent does not attend with their child. The chapter work is completed at home and at each class at least three chapters of work are handed in, by either emailing them or handing in the chapters at class. For 7th grade, 18 chapters are required, for 8th grade, 17 chapters and a Saint paper are required.


Good Shepherd Program – In Person

This method of Catechesis utilizes a hands-on approach with special materials and lessons focusing on Scripture and the Liturgical Year. Children are in atriums (classes) with multiple grades, called Levels. This option is very limited in size.


Worship - In Person

Students attend 15 Sunday Masses IN PERSON here at St. Paul’s. For each Mass, your child gets a signature from the presiding priest. For 1st - 7th grade, 18 chapters are required, for 8th grade, 17 chapters and a Saint paper are required and  all work should be emailed as they are completed (or dropped off at the Kinane Center – 215 Ridge Terrace).


All Abilities Program (Special Needs) – In Person

This program is inspired through Scriptural reflection and is taught through reading, music, art, and creative storytelling. Participants are in a multi-grade classroom with their peers and participate in the catechism curriculum. Each child’s needs, strengths, and gifts will be accepted and celebrated.


Sacraments and Retreats

The Sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion, and Confirmation for grade school students in both Catechesis and SPC School are organized and run through the Office for Catechesis. Each year, retreats are held for students preparing to receive First Communion and Confirmation.



In Catechesis, our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students participate in service each year to prepare for Confirmation. Some of the Service projects our students have completed are: helping out in the lower grade Catechesis classes; making shoeboxes for shut-ins; working on the Centennial Garden; altar serving; participating in Feed Our Starving Children; visiting senior facilities with homemade cards or singing for them; SPC Food Pantry collections; garden work at the front of the Kinane Center; helping out at various festivals at St. Paul and PR elementary schools. The list goes on and on!

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Contact Information

St. Paul of the Cross

320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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Phone: (847) 825-7605

Mass Schedule

UC = Upper Church

HFC = Holy Family Chapel

Monday - Friday

6:25 am (UC)

8:30 am (UC)


8:30 am (UC) - weekday Mass

4:30 pm (UC) - vigil


7:30 am (UC)

9:00 am (UC)

10:30 am (UC)

12:00 pm (HFC)