Santa Maria del Popolo Religious Education Office
(847) 949-2327

John Werning, Religious Education Coordinator
Pat Gecewicz, Religious Education Secretary


Family Faith Development (FFD)
  • Meets on Sundays, twice a month, in the Parish Hall and west school building
  • 18 sessions: 9 family sessions, 9 child sessions
  • Child session meets 9 to 10:10 AM; family session meets 9 to Noon
  • Family session:
    9:00 AM - Refreshments and chit-chat
    9:30- Children meet in their classrooms; parents remain in parish hall for video presentation and discussion.
    10:30- Family Activity based on the scripture readings for Mass
    11:15- Family Mass
    Noon- Families are homeward bound.
  • FFD uses both the systematic and the lectionary-based method of instruction.
  • Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)
  • Have two separate programs: one on Tuesday nights and one on Thursday nights
  • Usually 26 or 27 class sessions, depending on holidays, holy days, and vacation times
  • Class sessions run from 6:30 to 7:45 PM.
  • Classes are held in the east building, west building, and the rectory
  • CCD uses the systematic method for instruction
  • SPecial REligious Development (SPRED)
  • SPRED is a network of services in about 70 parish centers for the developmentally disabled
  • Each center serves a particular age group: children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. Santa Maria serves an 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 cathetichist preparation session.
  • SPRED sessions occur on Mondays, from 7:30 to 10 PM.

  • The Religious Education Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM.
    For more information please phone 949-2327.