Religious Education Program

The most important responsibility of any parish is to transmit the Catholic faith to the next generation. Our Religious Education program utilizes a team of volunteer catechists who assist parents in presenting to our students both the teaching and traditions of the Church as well as the opportunity to apply those teachings to their life.

Presently we have enrolled over 700 students who attend classes that are held on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at OLPH and Wednesday at St. Catharine's.

We strive to have a classroom experience that is small enough so that it fosters the opportunity for students and teachers to engage in discussion as well as completing the curriculum.

During the school year on the first Sunday of the month there is a Family Mass at 9:30AM which offers different grades the experience of actively participating in planning and participating in the liturgy as readers, servers, ushers, and singers. Each Mass is followed by refreshments.

Prior to the reception of the Sacraments of First Penance, First Communion and Confirmation a parent meeting is held so that parents can become aware of the subject matter that will be taught. In this way parents can reinforce at home the work that is presented in the classroom.

Our Confirmation preparation involves and year long intense program that begins in the fall with a retreat day for the candidates. Also required is the completion of a service project as well as a research report on the name to be taken at Confirmation.

Opportunities to participate in the Youth Choir or become an altar server help students become more actively involved in parish life.

Religious Education Office: 738-0670

olphccd0670@optonline.net