OLPH School seeks to foster a learning environment where the teachings of Jesus Christ, as passed down through the Catholic Church, are taught and lived daily. Formal and informal prayer permeate the school day, with a religion program stressing basic formation in the faith, sacramental preparation and participation, opportunities for worship as a school community, and the call to service shared by all Catholic Christians. This school is part of the total community of faith of the parish and considers growth in faith central to its existence.
- Each school day begins with prayer in the classroom, asking the Lord’s blessings over the day.
- Once a week we pray the Rosary before the school day begins.
- Religion is one of the regular classes for our students and we strive for excellence here just as we do in all of the other subjects.
- For our second graders, the religion class also includes preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and their First Communion.
- Classes may take time to pray for special needs during the day such as a sick classmate or family member.
- Each school day ends with prayer together in the classroom, thanking God for the blessings of the day as we prepare to go home.
- Teachers bring students to church for quiet prayer, including Eucharistic Adoration on Fridays.
- Seasonally, special times of prayer are also built-in to the week, such as Reconciliation and Stations of the Cross.
- The Eucharist is the center of our faith each week during our school mass. Students assist in music, readings, altar serving and gift bearing.
- CYO Basketball games begin with prayer.
- Students are taught to always be aware of the Lord’s presence even when they are walking through the hallways.