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 regional Catholic elementary school, Mary of Nazareth, or to our parish School of Religion. Both offer programs for children in grades PreK through 8th grade.
School of Religion
The School of Religion of Our Lady of the Presentation is family-centered, providing systemic, age-appropriate, educational opportunities for spiritual growth and enrichment to students, preschool through grade 8. This ministry prepares children for receiving the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation as part of a two year program (Our parish document, Forgiven, offers a beautiful and comprehensive reflection on the Sacrament of Confession, useful for both children as well as adults.). We are blessed with over 75 children enrolled in our program every year. Please consider joining our dedicated volunteer catechists and their aides by sharing your time and your faith with the children of our parish.
Over the last 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. The Sunday morning (K) plus Grade 3 are CGS classes, and the other classes are traditional CCD classes. See more information about our Level I CGS program below. For a complete list of grade offerings and locations, please see our current registration form.
Also, please visit our Parent Handbook.
Circle of Grace, the Archdiocese of Washington's safe environment children's training program, is offered here in the fall to all SOR children. To learn more about this program, please click the following links, titled:
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 email@example.com to join the email list!
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)
CGS 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