Faith & Character
The Liturgy is an extremely important part of our religious education. In order to teach our students to grow up to be strong Catholics, we need to teach them the importance of going to Mass. It is while we are connecting with Christ through the Eucharist that our faith grows stronger and we can more clearly see the plans God has for us. All families are encouraged to practice their faith by attending Mass each Sunday. Every student in the school attends one morning mass each week with their class. The entire school attends mass together monthly, and students participate as lectors, altar servers, gift bearers, and choir. The Eucharist is a banquet to which Jesus personally invites us. It was Christ’s last gift to us before He died. We hope to impress this upon our students as they grow in their faith.
Christian education, in conformity with the Catholic philosophy of life, strives to deepen love of God and neighbor in the individual and to express this love in creative relationships in the home, the school, the parish, and our world. Religion is a core subject, and is at the heart of our curriculum, The religion program includes a developmental study of religious truths and Sacred Scripture, participation in worship and congregational singing, practice in Christian living, and growth in Christian personality and knowledge. Through its practical application to daily living, religion is the integrating force in the Catholic school.
Christian Family Life Education is a process of on-going education from preschool through high school. Its objective is to develop in students an appreciation of life in all forms as God’s greatest gift and to strengthen positive attitudes. In our school, Family Life Education is an integral part of the curriculum; therefore, all students are required to participate in the program.
Sacraments at OLA Parish
At Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, we have an extensive Sacrament program for adults and children. We believe that parents are the primary educators. Our teachers communicate what it means to do service for the Church as well as live a holy life as a faith-filled Catholic. We are taught to live our Baptism by making good choices. Students who are baptized Catholics make their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in second grade. In preparation for this, parents are asked to attend catechetical training, and the second graders attend a retreat where they learn more about the sacraments. There are opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the students during the school year. Opportunities for prayer throughout the school year help our students fulfill the sacraments.
Non-Catholic students or family members who would like to learn more about the faith or begin the journey toward Baptism are invited to participate in the parish Rite of Christian Initiation and Acceptance (RCIA).
Annual Faith Traditions
Throughout the liturgical year, OLA students celebrate the seasons and the lives of the saints. The feasts of St. Nicholas and St. Patrick are special favorites at our school. As we prepare for the birth of Jesus in December, students in grades Pre-5 present a musical Christmas program.
In addition to regular recitation of traditional Catholic prayers each school day, the Living Rosary and Living Stations of the Cross are annual traditions. The school children participate in service opportunities by joining with the parish to fill Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter Food Baskets. Collecting toys for the annual Christmas toy collection takes place each year during Advent. The students create posters for the Respect Life Month each October, and sponsor fundraisers to support Catholic charitable causes.