St. Gerald Church is the oldest Catholic church in Oak Lawn. The church was established in 1934, following the…More opening of the parish elementary school in 1929. The church maintains a tradition of being a caring parish, with a long history of parishioners meeting the needs of the community. St. Gerald's supports both local and global missions, and is a supplier of the Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ community food pantry.
St. Gerald's offers adult classes for new Catholics and those who wish to deepen their Catholic faith. There is also a part-time youth minister. The church provides an affordable, all-day pre-school and after-school program for children of working parents.
Religious education is offered to public school students of Catholic faith in grades one through eight. St. Gerald's Holy Name Society is currently raising money to build a new gymnasium for the parish elementary school. There is also a parish Women's Club and Teen Club.
The Family of St. Germaine Parish is one of only two Catholic churches in North America named for the Catholic saint…More of special needs.
As a Catholic community, the parish endeavors to celebrate God's presence by providing opportunities for spiritual growth and social awareness through worship, education, service and friendship. The parish seeks to relate the Gospel to everyday life by providing programs that minister to the unemployed, remembering those serving in the military, liturgical ministries, a teen club, a St. Vincent de Paul chapter and other activities for parish life.
In addition to its pre-kindergarten through eighth grade parish elementary school, St. Germaine's provides religious education for children of the Catholic faith who attend public school (also for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students).
Like its patron saint, St. Germaine's is also the only Catholic parish in Oak Lawn that has a special education religious education program for developmentally challenged and visually and hearing-impaired youth called "God's Special People."
St. Linus Catholic Church 10400 Lawler Ave, Oak Lawn, IL60453 St. Linus Catholic Church has a large parish comprised of about 2,500 families. It hosts daily services and a weekly…More prayer group. It also sponsors a St. Vincent De Paul Society to assist those in need and has an outreach team working with families affected by addiction. Religious education is provided for chidren in pre-school through eighth grade.
St. Gerald Catholic School is a pre-K-8 school affiliated with St. Gerald Catholic Parish. It is Oak Lawn's oldest…More Catholic elementary school. The school offers a challenging faith-based curriculum in a caring family atmosphere. It also offers extended before and after-school care for children. Known for its academic excellence, many St. Gerald grads go on to become valedictorians at their respective high schools.
The school is fully equipped with a library, science and computer labs, and an ELS (essential learning system) lab that uses a multisensory computer program to teach struggling students how to better process information and school work.
In addition to its curriculum, St. Gerald's offers a wide range of sports and other extracurricular activities, including a peer support group for students who have suffered a loss. St. Gerald's also hosts an annual dinner dance, walk-a-thon and summer carnival.
Parents and guardians are actively involved in the school, and many volunteer as classroom aides and organizers of annual school benefits. The school supports several parent organizations.
Limited financial aid is available, and non-Catholic students are welcome to enroll; however, preference is given to children of Catholic faith.
St. Louis de Montfort Catholic School is committed to working with parents to help young people become mature adults…More who can proudly declare their faith. The Chicago Archdiocese school is supported by the St. Louis de Montfort Parish and takes its responsibility of educating children in the Catholic faith very seriously. Academics, religion, sports and choir all have a faith-based dimension.
Parents are afforded every opportunity to become involved in their child's education through regular communication with the school principal and faculty. St. Louis de Montfort has an active school and athletic board and family school association. The school hosts an August flea market, an Oktoberfest in September and a March fish fry.
Tuition assistance is available for families that qualify, as well as remedial assistance in subject areas for students who are behind and need extra help.
St. Louis de Montfort offers a fine arts program that includes music and drama, hands-on science programs and a pre-school. Physical education and sports activities are held in nearby Oak Lawn parks, and the parish hall is often utilized as a gymnasium.
St. Louis de Montfort Parish is a well-established Catholic community church based in Oak Lawn. The church supports a…More parish elementary school and offers religious education for children of Catholic faith that attend public schools.
The church also hosts many faith-based groups for adult parishioners, a Knights of Columbus chapter, a food pantry, Children's Liturgy of the Word classes during Sunday mass, and more.
St. Louis de Montfort is a community of caring people who believe in and put their faith into action in various services for the community. The parish is welcoming to anyone who wishes to take part in its church services and programs.
Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School is a Catholic educational community committed to providing a quality…More secondary education for young women, offering a rigorous education grounded in the Catholic faith.
Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, the high school has been educating young women of high school age since 1846. Mother McAuley is the largest all-girls Catholic high school in the United States. The high school draws a significant portion of its student population from Oak Lawn's Catholic elementary schools, including St. Gerald, St. Germaine, St. Linus, St. Catherine of Alexandria and St. Louis de Montfort.
The school provides a learning environment that uniquely nurtures young women's learning styles and self-confidence. The curriculum continues young women's faith formation within the Catholic tradition that fosters value-based decision making in all aspects of life in high school and beyond.
Mother McAuley offers premier, well-appointed facilities including state-of-the-art fine arts, science, technology and art programs on its present campus that opened in 1956. Students may choose from an extensive menu of courses and activities offered in a community atmosphere. Its liberal arts program encourages girls to think critically, communicate effectively, respond compassionately to the needs of their community and assume roles of Christian leadership.
SAT/ACT scores surpass national coed levels and 99 percent of its graduates continue their education, according to the school's website. The school also offers a wide variety of co-curricular clubs and activities where young women can continue to nurture their talents and gifts outside the classroom.
Financial and tuition assistance is provided to qualifying students, as well as scholarships set up by school alumnae. A learning resource center and tutoring are also available to students who need extra academic help.
The school's athletic programs have also earned state and national recognition in interscholastic sports, including the Mighty Macs' 13 Illinois state volleyball championships.
Mother McAuley boasts a significant alumnae daughter population that continues the school's tradition of excellence.