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Religious Formation

REGISTRATION FOR OUR PARISH 2022-2023 SCHOOL OF RELIGION YEAR is NOW CLOSED.  Did you miss the opportunity to register your children for our School of Religion?  Please contact Angie at: olpdsor@olpresentationmd.org

You may also be interested in our Parent Handbook which has the school year calendar w/ important dates like sacramental lectures, 8th grade retreat, school-wide Confession and in-session days.

School of Religion Highlighted Need: Catechists, Aides and Hall Monitors are needed.  Come ponder w/ the children the deep mysteries of our joyful Catholic faith by being a Catechist or Aide or Hall Monitor.  We have many roles to fit your schedule, level of involvement and even your preferred age group!  Contact Angie at: olpdsor@olpresentationmd.org.

UPCOMING DATES:

September 11, 2022: 2nd and 8th grade Sacramental Orientation (see Parent Handbook for more details)

September 25, 2022: 1st day of School of Religion for grades K-8 (see Parent Handbook for more details)

September 25, 2022: Start of School Year Mass--All K-8 students and parents are encouraged to come to the 10:45am Mass in the Church!

SCHOOL-YEAR RESOURCES:

OLP Catholic Books' Award Book List

Loyola Press Sunday Connection

Catholic Icing

Welcome to our parish Religious Formation page.  Our Lady of the Presentation offers two main ways for parish families to receive faith instruction for their children.  Parents can choose to send their children to our parish School of Religion (SOR) or to our regional Catholic elementary school, Mary of Nazareth.  Both offer programs for children in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade.

SCHOOL OF RELIGION: Our Lady of the Presentation parish offers a K-8 School of Religion program which focuses on bringing students into an encounter with Christ through education and application in the classroom.  This ministry prepares children for receiving the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation as part of a two year  program  (Please see the sacramental headings above for more info on this two year program requirement.).  We are blessed with over 70 children enrolled in our program every year. 

 

VOLUNTEERING: Please consider joining our dedicated volunteer catechists and their assistants by sharing your time and your faith joyfully. If you have a Montessori background and are interested in volunteering as a teacher or assistant in our CGS Montessori classroom environment, please contact the director at: olpdsor@olpresentationmd.org.  You can also submit your contact info on the main page of our parish website by scrolling to the bottom right-hand side. Thank you!

CURRICULA: Over the past few years, our Parish has sought to develop a teaching environment in the rectory called an Atrium which is suitable for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) courses.  For our School of Religion (SOR), we now offer a hybrid of 'traditional' Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) classes in elementary school classrooms and CGS classes in the new atrium.  The classes are split depending on grade.  Grades K-2 are CGS classes, and the other classes are traditional CCD classes.  See more information about our programs below.

  • LOYOLA PRESS is our main curriculum for our 3rd -8th grade programs.  For information, go to Christ Our Life to be taken directly to the Parent/Student section. There is an abundance of information, so please give yourself 20-30 minutes to become familiar with what is available.

  • THE CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD method came about through the work of two Roman Catholic laywomen in Rome: Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi. They were inspired by the educational principles of Maria Montessori, also a Catholic.  The program is specifically designed for children to experience and learn the life of Christ in the Church through Sacred Scripture, Prayer and Liturgy in a unique space called the Atrium.  Children will work with three dimensional objects crafted to highlight parables, Christ's life, the Land of Israel, liturgical objects and more. Catechists certified in the program spend 90 hours on each level before reaching certification.  You can learn more about CGS at: http://www.cgsusa.org.  Click here to read what the National CGS recommends for atrium at home

OLP's GOOD SHEPHERD VIDEO LIBRARY: We have begun to record video lessons based on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd method.  Initially begun to educate students and train teachers during the pandemic when it is sometimes hard to meet in person, all are encouraged to view them!  Many find these mini-videos provide a good meditational beginning to prayer and are often used in retreat settings.  Those titles highlighted in purple are actively linked to our parish YouTube page.  Watch Our Lady of the Presentation's Video Library grow!

Some Suggestions for Watching These Videos (with your Children):

  1. Choose an uninterrupted 15-20 minutes;

  2. Set a peaceful ambience by lighting a candle, setting a Bible nearby, snuggling w/ your child on the couch;

  3. Remind your children this is an opportunity to encounter Christ Jesus, the very same Jesus they will meet on their First Holy Communion Day!

  4. All of these suggestions will help you to enter into the presentation w/ your child.  Listen to their responses.  We are always delighted to see how the Holy Spirit works in and through all but especially children during these presentations!

 

ARTICLES OF THE MASS

Model Altar

BAPTISM

Baptism: Two Moments (Level I)

CELEBRATIONS
Empty Tomb

 Liturgy of Light 

Pentecost--Level 2

EUCHARISTIC GESTURES AND PRAYERS

Epiclesis

Offering

Mingling of the Chalice

 Healing of Centurion's Servant

Mystery of Faith

Our Father Synthesis

Synthesis of the Gesture of Peace and Breaking of the Bread

Synthesis of the Mass

INFANCY NARRATIVES

The Annunciation

Visitation

The Nativity

The Nativity and Shepherds

LAND OF ISRAEL

Globe

Raised Surface Map

Regions Puzzle Map

Land of Israel: Cities

Land of Israel: Mountains, Waterways and Deserts

MYSTERY OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Parable of the Good Shepherd

Found Sheep Parable

Eucharistic Presence of the Good Shepherd

KINGDOM PARABLES

Mustard Seed

The Precious Pearl

MAXIMS and MORAL PARABLES

(Part of First Reconciliation Sacramental Preparation)

Maxims

Rite of Reconciliation

True Vine 1

True Vine 2

Parable of the Forgiving Father

Parable of the Forgiving Father: Segway to the Rite of Reconciliation

Parable of the Found Coin

Parable of the Good Samaritan

Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Parable of the Insistent Friend

MESSIANIC PROPHECIES

Prophecy of the Light

Prophecy of the Names

Prophecy of the Mother

Prophecy of the City

Prophecy of the Star and the Scepter

PASCHAL MYSTERY

Mystery of Life and Death (Grain of Wheat)

City of Jerusalem--Level I

City of Jerusalem--Level II

The Cenacle--1st Moment (LI)

The Cenacle--2nd Moment (LII)

Origin of the Eucharist

RESURRECTION NARRATIVES

The Road to Emmaus

SACRAMENTS

Story of a Bread

The Sacraments and the Bible

THE HOLY BIBLE

The Bible in Different Languages

The Books of the Bible

Youth Group

Our Lady of the Presentation combines with St. Mary's Catholic Church in Barnesville to form our high school youth group! Youth Group meets Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm at St. Mary's Pavilion in Barnesville.  We provide dinner.  Afterwards, there is a half hour of social time followed by a lesson/discussion. There are also service opportunities, and youth group outings throughout the year.

Contact our youth minister from OLP, Dee Jordan, at deejordan0520@gmail.com to join the email list!

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