Baptismal Preparation Program

This program involves couples as leaders of our preparation classes for parents who are preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism for their child. The ministry’s mission is to deepen the understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism, as well as to strengthen the family’s sense of commitment to the Catholic Church. Please contact the parish office at 847-541-1450 to schedule or for more information.  

Confirmation Preparation

Please contact Patrick Haviland in the religious education office at 847-537-9423 or by email at

Please click here to go to the Youth Ministry/Confirmation page.

Marriage Preparation (FOCCUS) 

St. Mary Parish has adopted FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study) as the primary tool for Marriage Preparation for couples who will celebrate this Sacrament at St. Mary. FOCCUS is a survey completed by engaged couples, and trained parishioners facilitate couple dialogue on the results of the survey. St. Mary Parish needs additional facilitators. For more information on this rewarding ministry please call Dorthy or Len Schiller at 847-541-1450.


Please email our wedding coordinators at


The R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process provides spiritual formation and catechesis for adults preparing to receive one or more of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist), so that they may join the Catholic community in worship, ongoing faith enrichment and action for justice. For more information please contact Father Sztorc at 847-541-1450 x 14 or email at or

. The R.C.I.A. group meets weekly, Sunday mornings from 10:00am until 12:00 noon.


R.C.I.C. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children) is a ministry which services families returning to an active practice of their faith. R.C.I.C meets Wednesday evenings: young people involved in the program participate with their parents, and celebrate Baptism, Eucharist, and/or Confirmation at Easter. Please contact Mary Jo Sanchez at 847-537-9423 or Email.



Please contact the parish office at 847-541-1450 to arrange to meet with a priest.