Faith Formation

OLPH School strives to give students the knowledge and facts of the Catholic faith, recognizing the need for this knowledge to belong not only to the head, but to the heart as well. This approach allows students to be  brought into a real and meaningful relationship with the Lord.  Children are taught how to apply their faith to their daily lives, to find the value and meaning in it now so that they are better equipped for the challenges of life as teenagers and adults. Each school year has a religious theme that highlights some aspect of our Catholic faith.  The religious theme is woven into the classroom teaching throughout the year and may, for example, be the topic of a writing or art project.  Our religious theme for the 2015-2016 school year is: “John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
Students in second grade prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the fall and the Sacrament of First Holy Communion during the spring.  All classwork in preparation for these sacraments is completed at school.  The students are required to attend some evening/weekend meetings prior to the sacraments.

Sacrament of Confirmation
Students in eighth grade prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation all year long.  The students are required to attend evening classes offered by the parish Catholic Formation Ministry, as well as an overnight retreat, prior to receiving the sacrament in the spring.

Non-Catholic students participate in sacramental preparation along with their classmates.  Although they do not take part in the sacrament itself, they are encouraged to attend  services as their fellow students receive their sacraments as part of the community celebration.