Youth and Family Ministry

For all of these below, to get involved or to learn more, contact Jim Potthast at the Rectory at 773.764.3621 or via email at

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Religious Education (CCD):

For children in grades 1-7 who attend public or non-Catholic private schools, the Religious Education program provides a faith community for children and their families as they awaken, nourish, and deepen their awareness of God's presence in all things. In class, students and teachers seek to deepen their relationship with God through prayer and reflection. They learn about being a disciple of Jesus and a part of a community of faith and they learn how their lives can contribute to the Reign of God through service and the fostering of peace and justice in the world. The Religious Education program begins in September and concludes in May. Classes for the 2018-2019 school year will be held on Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:45 am. Sacramental preparation is an integral part of the curriculum for second and seventh grade. Students must have completed two full consecutive years of formation before celebrating First Communion or the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

Fees for Religious Education classes for parishioners are $125 for one child, $175 for two children, and $195 for three or more children. Fees for non-parishioners are $150 for one child, $195 for two children, and $215 for three or more children.  

Classes for the 2018-2019 school year begin on Sunday, September 9. Registration is open now, contact Jim Potthast at or 773.764.3621 for more information. 

Kids Word:

Also known as Children's Liturgy of the Word, Kids Word takes place on Sunday mornings during the 10:00am Mass. Kids Word is a ministry for children in kindergarten through fourth grade that introduces stories and themes from the Bible in age-appropriate language. Accompanying activities, reflections, and discussions allow children to grow together in their understanding of Scripture and in their growing relationship with God. Kids Word begins again in September. 

Walk on Water (WOW) Youth Program:

The primary goal of WOW is to offer opportunities for teens (8th-12th grade) to explore their questions, passions, interests, and doubts in relation to their faith. The WOW Youth Program finds its foundation in five pillars: community, leadership, service and mission, faith formation, and fun. Teens in this program explore the intersection of life and faith through questioning, reflection, and conversation; they work alongside one another in service to the Church and their community, and they develop bonds of friendship. The WOW youth program also organizes a summer mission trip in which teens spend a week in service, prayer, and reflection.

Family Ministry:

Faith is an individual, family, and communal experience. Family Ministry at St. Gertrude Parish seeks to build community among families, to strengthen parents as leaders of faith for and in their families, and to open opportunities for families to engage together in faith formation, mission and service, and fun. Through programs like the Parent and Tot group, faith formation activities, and service projects, families have the opportunity to build community and grow in faith together. 

Sacramental Preparation for Children:

Sacramental preparation programs are available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, First Communion, and the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please contact Jim Potthast at the Rectory if you are interested in having your child prepared for these Sacraments. 

St. Gertrude Parish
1420 West Granville Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: (773) 764-3621