Religious Formation

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. Registration for our 2021-2022 parish SOR program is NOW CLOSED! Did you miss the date to register your child for our School of Religion program? Send an email to Maria at: olpdsor@olpresentationmd.org   

2021-22 School Year Quick Links

School of Religion (SOR)

The School of Religion of Our Lady of the Presentation focuses upon 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.  We are blessed with over 75 children enrolled in our program every year.  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 this classroom environment, please contact Maria 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  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. 

You can learn more about CGS at: http://www.cgsusa.org.  Click here to read what the National CGS recommends for atrium at home.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Videos

(Coming soon!)

 

Eucharistic Gestures

Mingling of the Chalice

Parables

Parable of the Good Shepherd

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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