Our Lady of the Lakes Parish
St. Peter Catholic Church
557 Lake Street
Antioch, IL 60002

Our Lady of the Lakes Parish Religious Education

Hello!  Thank you for seeking information about our Religious Education program at Our Lady of the Lakes Parish! 

 With the combining of St. Peter’s church and St. Bede’s church in 2018, we are now one Religious Education program as well.  This page specifically explains ministries that we have at the St. Peter’s worship site, however all youth from Our Lady of the Lakes are welcome to attend.

 Children's Liturgy of The Word (Children approximately 4-8 years old)

This ministry meets on most Sunday mornings September through May.  Children come to Mass with their families, and before the readings, children are dismissed with a teacher to the lower level of the church where they listen to the readings and Gospel for that day.  They then discuss the readings together in a kid-friendly way.   After the Homily, children return upstairs to sit with their parents through the rest of Mass.  There is no need to sign-up for this, but children new to the ministry are encouraged to be accompanied by their parents or older siblings their first few times to make the children more comfortable.  Children’s Liturgy does not meet on holiday weekends.  In 2019-2020 Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be offered at 9:30 am Mass most weekends, and once a month at 12:30 pm Mass.

 Religious Education Classes (Grades 1-8)

On Wednesday evenings September through April, children come to learn more about their Catholic faith.  Children meet at the parish center (former St. Peter school building) to pray, learn more about God, and grow together as a community. All children from Our Lady of the Lakes Parish are encouraged to attend Religious Education classes throughout their time in grade school, regardless if they are preparing for a Sacrament.  The Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion are typically celebrated during a child's 2nd grade year.  The Sacrament of Confirmation is typically celebrated after a child's 8th grade year.  For various reasons, children sometimes receive the sacraments when they are older.  If this is your child’s circumstance, please contact us and we will work out a plan to get him/her on track to receiving the sacraments. 

Please click on the registration form to below to find out more information about times and signing up for classes. 

Religious Education classes at St. Bede’s worship site are on Sunday mornings, and more information about their classes is also included in the registration form below.

High School Youth Group (Grades 9-12)

High School Students meet 1-2 times per month to come together for faith, food, and fun.  The youth group also participates in retreats, fundraisers, and community service projects throughout the year. Many youth group members also attended the church camp, Catholic Heart Workcamp.  This is a mission-based Catholic camp where students provide community service during the days, and enjoy faith-filled programs at night.  Catholic Heart Workamp takes place for a week in the summer every year.  Please let us know if you or your child would like to be on the contact email or text list for upcoming youth group events.    


We are always looking for teachers, teacher's aides, substitute teachers, small group leaders, and youth group leaders to help in our youth programs.  Please contact the RE office for more information and requirements for becoming an adult helper in the youth programs.

 If you have specific questions about our youth programs, please feel free to contact me.  

 God Bless,

God Bless,

Mrs. Kari Leaf

Director of Religious Education-St. Peter Church

Our Lady of the Lakes Parish



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