Parish School of Religion

The purpose of the parish school of religion is to provide opportunities for children ages 5-14 to recognize and respond to God’s revelation through the four signs of catechesis:

  • Biblical signs: study of scripture as God’s presence in the past and continuing revelation in today’s world
  • Liturgical signs: study of the Church year, sacraments, prayer and liturgy
  • Ecclesial signs: study of the doctrine and creed of the Church as it witnesses God’s love through worship and service to those in need
  • Natural signs: the mystery of God’s saving power and love as revealed through creation, family and community, stewardship, the arts, science and technology

The parish school of religion follows the guidelines set forth by the diocese as outlined in the Directory for Catechesis and the Curriculum for Catechesis. The Directory sets guidelines for:

  • Approved texts
  • Number of hours required per year (36hrs)
  • Child protection guidelines
  • A sequential guideline for topics to be taught each year

We provide levels classes (K-8). Classes begin in August and end in April. We are currently using the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. Each Sunday lesson begins with the Gospel for that day and leads the student into stories, activities and discussions which focus on the catechetical signs above. The lessons are taken home by the children weekly in the form of a booklet to share with their families.

We are taking registrations for children preparing for the Sacraments of 1st Reconciliation, 1st Communion and Confirmation. All students preparing for these sacraments must be enrolled in Our Lady of Peace School or our Parish School of Religion.