RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

OLL’s religious identity as well as the strong sense of community that pervades our school constitutes one of our most important assets.

Religion is one of the five core curriculum subject areas. This means that students in all grades (PK – Eighth Grade) receive daily religion classes. Through these classes, students acquire knowledge about the Roman Catholic faith and enrich their faith life. As part of the religion curriculum, students also participate in a variety of activities which enhance what is taught in the classroom. These activities include retreats (in seventh and eighth grades), the “buddy partnership”, and sacramental programs that prepare our second and eighth graders for the reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation. The Family Life program curriculum, which incorporates the Catholic faith into social skills, is also taught in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.

Eighth graders complete service hours as a requirement for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Students seeking acceptance into the NJHS are also required to complete service hours. Service opportunities in the Parish (acolytes, lectors, and ushers) are available to OLL students.

The school’s courtyard is a rosary butterfly garden with a shrine in honor of Our Lady of Fatima at its center. This is a constant reminder to our students of the special place the Mother of God has in our daily life.

Following guidelines from the Archdiocesan Department of Catholic Schools, teachers have already started the gradual implementation of the Student Learning Program with the assistance of our Religious Coordinator.