Religious Formation

2020-21 School Year Quick Links

For more information, please email Maria at: dsor@ol-presentation-md.org

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 (SOR)

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 in Kindergarten 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.  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

Loyola Press is our main curriculum for our 4th -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.

 

Additionally, 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-1) plus Grade 3 are CGS classes, and the other classes are traditional CCD classes.  See more information about our CGS programs below.

 

If you have a Montessori background and are interested in volunteering as a teacher or assistant in this classroom environment, please contact Maria at: dsor@ol-presentation-md.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!

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (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

Click here to read what the National CGS recommends for atrium at home.

How can I set up a child-size prayer table at home?
“If we want to assist the child in his or her religious experience, an important area which we must attend is that of prayer." by Gianna Gobbi in Listening to God with Children, p. 117

Invite your children to go on a treasure hunt in your home looking for the following items:  small end table, table cloth covering, Holy Bible, cushion or stand for the Holy Bible, flameless tea light, prayer cards (see below for sample prayer card ideas), prayer card stands, crucifix (ideally San Damiano b/c we use this one in our classroom/atrium), a saintly statue and a box or shelving unit to store prayer items.

For each prayer session, invite your child to set up the prayer table and afterwards restore items to a special shelving unit or box.  This movement of setting up the prayer table and restoring it aids their involvement and enjoyment of the prayer time.

 

Do you have any prayer card suggestions?
Invite your children to write a prayer card and/or decorate it.  Below are some sample prayer cards. Any prayer or scripture verse that your child enjoys is appropriate. Click the following examples of decoratively-bordered papers to use as the background: Primrose, Seashells and Diamond.  

  • Children ages 3 to 6

    • Amen

    • Alleluia (use especially at Easter, families may "bury" it during Lent)

    • "I am the Light of the World" John 8:12

    • "The Lord is my shepherd.  I have everything I need."  Psalm 23:1  (This is an easier translation for very young children.)

    • Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me." Matthew 19:14

    • "Hail Mary, full of grace." Luke 1:28 

    • For Advent:  "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light." Isaiah 9:1

    • For Christmas:  "...a Savior has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord!" Luke 2:11

    • For Christmas:  "For unto us a child is born..." Isaiah 9:6 

    • For Christmas:  "Glory to God in the highest..."  Luke 2:14

    • For Lent:  "Prepare the way for the Lord."  Mark 1:3

    • Holy Thursday:  "I am the Bread of Life." John 6:35

    • For Easter:  "Christ is risen, Alleluia!"

 

  • Children ages 6 to 12

    • "Hosanna in the highest!" Mark 11:10

    • "Taste and see that the LORD is good." Psalms 34:9

    • "Abide (remain/stay) in Me and I in you." John 15:4

    • "Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light for my path." Psalm 119:105

    • "Lord, you will open my lips; and my mouth will proclaim your praise." Psalm 51:17

Can you recommend reading material on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd method?

 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd publications that are particularly helpful in working with children at home:

  • Listening to God with Children by Gianna Gobbi

  • The Good Shepherd and the Child, A Joyful Journey by Cavalletti, Coulter, Gobbi, and Montanaro

  • A Is for Altar, B Is for Bible by Judith Lang Main

  • God and the Child Collection, which is a set of five little books from Colombia, directed to parents.

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!

School of Religion (SOR) Resources

Books

Confirmation

First Holy Communion (FHC)

General Spiritual Resources  

Liturgical SeasonOrdinary Time​​​

Remote Learning

Sunday Gospel Activities from The Kids' Bulletin

Youth