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From the founding of the St. Linus Church in 1955, the parish has developed a strong program for the passing on of the faith to the next generation. Our Religious Education Program seeks to provide training for our volunteer catechists who teach in our program. The catechists meet twice a month for training and formation as they prepare their class lessons for the children. We enroll students from first through eighth grades. There is a two-year preparation period prior to the reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. Normally, the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion occur during second grade, and the Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred during eighth grade. Classes run from September through April for normally seventeen sessions, on Saturday mornings from 9 am to 11:45 am. The parish also provides an optional home-study religious education program. In this program the parents are trained at monthly sessions to be the at home catechist for their children.

Please call the Religious Education Program office at 708-636-4373 or check the link to the Religious Education Program for additional information, calendars and events. There is a modest tuition fee and book fee for children in this program.



Since the fall of 1956, St. Linus Church has generously sponsored a parish grade school. We offer a program for children from three-year old pre-school through eighth grade. In 2011 our school was nominated as one of the fifty private schools in the United States to be considered a “Blue Ribbon School” for academic excellence. Our students in grades three, five, and seven rank in the top 15% of all schools tested nationally in the Terra Nova Testing Program. Our graduates regularly attend the best public and private high schools in the metropolitan area and then go on successfully to study in university programs. Tuition is charged to all students and the parish provides a generous additional subsidy to support the school. Some financial help to families in need has been provided. For additional information about the school, either call the school at 708-425-1656 or check the link to the School website.


Special Religious Education Program (SPRED)

SPRED is a ministry for developmentally disabled children and adults. The SPRED mission is to help our friends feel the Spirit of Christ and develop a sense of the Sacred, a sense of God. A child enters SPRED at approximately age 6 and continues for all of their adult life.

COVID has changed all of our lives. The impact on the Special Needs community has been especially harsh. Opportunities that we have taken for granted in the past were completely shut down and some still remain that way. That is why the Our Lady of the Ridge - St. Linus SPRED team is committed to in-person religious education for our members with special needs.

Do you know a 6 - 10-year-old that has special needs? Do you know a child with special needs who wants to make his/her First Holy Communion?

Our Lady of the Ridge - St. Linus SPRED has a dedicated group of volunteers that will work to make this happen. The only requirement is that the child belongs to a parish. Our 6 - 10-year-old group meets on 12 designated Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 pm at Our Lady of the Ridge. We have our own dedicated room.

Do you know a person with special needs age 11 years or older that is interested in religious training?

Our Lady of the Ridge - St. Linus’ SPRED group will work to help place that child or adult in a SPRED group best for them. Some groups are opening very slowly so we do need volunteers to help make SPRED openings happen.

Are you interested in helping a special needs child or adult find meaning in their religion? Or in helping them feel the Holy Spirit?

Please contact the rectory at 708-422-2400 for more information about becoming a SPRED Volunteer.

If you have any other questions or would like to register for SPRED, please contact the rectory.


R.C.I.A. - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or "RCIA", is a program for adults who are interested in becoming Catholics. It consists of several months of instruction in the teachings, beliefs, customs and practices of the Catholic faith.

Those who complete the process are baptized and/or confirmed, and receive their First Communion at Easter.

There is no cost for this program, and all materials are provided by the parish.

CLICK HERE for more information.

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