Santa Maria del Popolo offers three programs for religious education: RICA (for adults), Youth, and SPRED. For any questions related to the educational experience at Santa Maria del Popolo, please contact the Aida Muñoz, Coordinator of Religious Education at 847-990-6865 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, RCIA, is designed for adults who would like to grow in faith and knowledge of the Catholic Church. This program will serve you if you are interested in becoming Catholic or for Catholics wishing to complete their Sacraments. Please contact the rectory for a schedule of classes.
Children and Youth
Santa Maria del Popolo offers Religious Education programs in English and Spanish. English classes for 1st to 8th Grades take place on Sunday morning. Spanish-language classes take place on Saturday and Sunday Afternoons. The programs offered include: Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation. If you have a child (grade 3 and up) with little or no religious education, we offer a two year special program.
- completed registration form
- copy of baptism certificate
- copy of birth certificate (only if your child has not been baptized)
- tuition and book fees (you may pay with check or cash)
Come to the rectory office to register. Registration requirements include:
- The English classes are Sundays from 9:00 A.M. to 10:15 A.M.
- The Mass follows the classes at 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.
- The Spanish classes are 5:00 to 6:30 P.M
- The Mass follows the classes at 7:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M.
The program consists of two sections: Class and Mass. Half of the grade is to attend in the classroom. The other half is to attend the Mass.
Special Religious Education (SPRED)
SPRED is a network of services in about 70 parish centers for the develoopmentally disabled. Each center serves a particular age group: children, adolescents, yough adults, and adults. Santa Maria del Popolo is proud to serve the Adult group. Each center has a chairperson, a leader catechist, an activity catechist, and "helper catechists". Each session with the developmentally disabled include an activity, a lesson, and a sharing of food. SPRED uses the symbolic method of instruction. Each session with the developmentally disabled persons is preceded by a catechist preparation session..