Religious Education

Children's Religious Education

Grades 1-9: Public school children attend classes held on Sunday mornings during the school year. Classes start at 8:40 am and end at 9:50am so that the children and their parents may attend the 10:00 am Mass. Religious Education classes are held in OLV Elementary School located at 2760 South Park Avenue, directly behind the Basilica.


Preparation for the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation are the focus of the program in grades 2, 3 and 10 respectively.

Registration for 2021-2022 School Year

Please complete the re-registration form and return it to the Religious Education Office as soon as possible. New families may use the registration form that is labeled "new." Upon registering, please consider the expectations of a Catholic family here at OLV National Shrine & Basilica:

  • Participation in weekly Mass and the Sacraments.
  • Support and involvement in the life of the parish.
  • A supportive attitude toward the parish and the Religious Education Program.

Adult Confirmation

Adult confirmation is offered in the fall before the Parish Confirmation.Contact: Father Romulus at 828-9444

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Classes which prepare candidates for membership into the Catholic faith are offered yearly in our parish. New members are welcomed into full membership in the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass. Contact the Rectory at 828-9444.

Religious Education Forms 2021-2022:


Family Registration