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Fr. Ruehl Hall is the lower level of the Church.  Padre Pio Hall is located at 131 West Main St., the brick building across West Main Street from the church.

Preschool + Grades K—8:  A choice of sessions is usually offered for these grades. The Sunday session is offered from 12:00 noon —1:00 am. The Tuesday session is offered from 4:30—5:30. Generally, classes for grades 2 and under are held in Padre Pio Hall and classes for grades 3—7 are held in Fr. Ruehl Hall. Watch for signs on the first day of class giving the exact location for each class. Classes are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis and space is limited. Please register early to be sure of getting the session you request.

Grade 8 (second year Confirmation Prep): When catechists are available and space permits, our eighth grade classes are not co-educational. Two sections are offered, one for boys and one for girls.

Grades 9—12: The High School Youth Program is offered on Wednesday evenings from 7:00—8:15 in Fr. Ruehl Hall. A separate registration form is available for the High School Program.

Class Group

Arrival and Dismissal

A parent must escort each child to his or her classroom. Please make sure class is in session and a teacher is present before leaving your child in the building.

In an effort to improve the safety of your children, the Hand-in-Hand for Safety Program is in place for all Padre Pio Hall students. All Padre Pio Hall children will be dismissed from their classrooms. Children will not be permitted to leave their classroom until a parent takes them by the hand. 

Fr. Ruehl Hall students will be dismissed after class and parents may pick them up by the upstairs elevator lobby or outside on the church steps. Please make sure your child is aware that they are not to go into the parking lots or leave the church property unless accompanied by a parent. Any requests for exceptions must be made in writing to the Coordinator of Religious Education. Please pick up your child on time. If you are not there to pick up your child at dismissal time, your child will be taken to the Religious Education Office in Fr. Ruehl Hall to wait until a parent arrives to pick up the child.


Students are expected to attend  classes each week and to arrive for class on time. Attendance will be taken in each class. If your child must be absent due to illness, you must  send a written note on the next class day explaining the situation and your child will be given an excused absence. Please do not send a sick child to class. Parents are expected to take this responsibility seriously. Students in the sacrament classes - that is, first, second, seventh, and eighth grade - are expected to have no more than  five unexcused absences per academic year. Excessive absences in these years may result in a delay in receiving the sacraments.

Dress Code

Catechists work to instill in their students a love for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and our Religious Education classes will make frequent visits to the church. Students must dress in attire appropriate for a visit to the church. Our efforts to teach reverence for God and each other include guiding students in how to best present themselves modestly and respectfully. Please refrain from tight-fitting clothing, short shorts or skirts, halter tops, tank tops, midriff shirts, or spaghetti straps. Pants should be worn at the waist. Articles of clothing which depict themes of drugs, alcohol, profanity, weapons, and innuendo are forbidden.