Pre-School students develop into young Christians through prayers, Bible stories, and other religious activities. Pre-school introduces simple prayers and Christian concepts through books, play, and arts and crafts.
Pre-Kindergarten students began learning basic prayers, listen to Old and New Testament stories in sequential order. Students become aware of God and His presence in all people.
Kindergarten continues to learn prayers and prepare for attending Mass. Kindergarten classes begin attending weekly Mass the second half of the school year. Kindergarteners look forward to this special milestone!
1st Grade students are introduced to a Religion textbook series, Sophia Institute, Spirit of Truth. Students learn the truths found in Sacred Scripture and Tradition in accordance with the Church. They participate in weekly Mass and begin learning about the important Sacraments coming in the following year. First graders perform, The Passion Play, close to Easter. This is one of OLPS Faith Traditions the entire school looks forward to seeing. Family and friends of 1st grade are invited to attend the special performance.
2nd Grade Religion class continues with the Sophia Institute series. The focus is on preparing and receiving the Sacraments of Penance and Reconciliation and the Eucharist. Students attend weekly Mass with participation in the readings and choir. In November, 2nd graders are given the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. After Easter, 2nd graders receive their First Holy Communion at a special Mass with a reception following.
3rd Grade continues in the Sophia Institute series with a deeper knowledge of our rich Catholic faith and the understanding of the Sacraments. Third graders learn additional prayers and how to apply their religious knowledge to their daily lives. They attend weekly Mass with student participation in readings and choir.
4th Grade students continue to use Sophia Institute Spirit of Truth curriculum in religion class. In 4th grade, students learn about how to live like Jesus as they learn about various Saints' lives. Students are able to participate in the beloved tradition of the Parade of Saints. The curriculum for 4th grade also includes learning about the Ten Commandments, mercy, virtues, and the works of Mercy. Students also have an opportunity to read, serve and sing in the choir at Mass.
5th Grade students continue to use Sophia Institute Spirit of Truth curriculum in religion class. The curriculum for 5th grade includes learning about the 7 Sacraments of the Catholic Church and why each is important. The students also learn more about how to live a life like Jesus Christ. Students also have an opportunity to read, serve and sing in the choir at Mass.
6th Grade students continue to use Sophia Institute Spirit of Truth curriculum in religion class. The curriculum for 6th grade includes learning more about Sacred Scripture and why it is important to us today. The 6th graders are able to participate in the long-held tradition of May Crowning. Students also have an opportunity to read, serve and sing in the choir at Mass.