The Religious Education Program of Our Lady of the Lake Parish serves over 500 students. Catechists share their faith, and the teachings of the Catholic Church, by leading weekly classes for children in Pre-school through Eighth grade. The gift of their faith and talent is seen by the children they both catechize and evangelize, to enrich the children’s Catholic Faith and lives. The Catechists are a committed team who work together to love and serve the Lord and His children.
The Religious Education program begins the children’s faith formation with a Pre-School program on Sunday mornings for children age 3 through Kindergarten at 8:20 AM and during the 11:00 AM Mass.
The First through Fifth grade students follow the curriculum “Blest Are We.” The children begin in First grade learning about the Holy Trinity, and begin the study of morality. The emphasis in the Second grade is a review of the Sacrament of Baptism, as they prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and First Communion. As the children continue into the Third grade, they learn the beliefs of Catholics, as they study the seven Sacraments and the Ten Commandments.
Fourth grade is a study of morality and the Beatitudes. The Fifth grade program centers on a study of the seven Sacraments, as their understanding of morality is strengthened as they learn what it means to live as faithful followers of Jesus.
The Sixth through Eighth grade students meet on Wednesday evenings. Their classes are held from 6:15 PM until 7:45 PM.
The Old Testaments is the basis for the Sixth grade curriculum. Students learn that we find the roots of our faith in the Hebrew Scripture. The concepts of the Church are taught as a continuation of the Kingdom of God.
Seventh grade is a Pre-Confirmation class. Along with their curriculum with subjects such as: The Mysteries of the Incarnation, The Meaning of the Kingdom, The Christian Life, The Pascal Mystery, students will learn more about the awesome beauty and mystery of the Mass in a Program called “Alteration,” along with a program to help them with questions concerning their bodies, their sexuality, and their future. This program is called Theology of the Body for Teens. Both programs offer a unique learning experience, including workbooks, powerful cinematography, and additional resources.
The Eighth grade students receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, and engage in outreach ministries for the parish and the community. The Confirmation students are catechized and challenged to fully embrace a life in Christ with the Chosen Program.
The students in the Sixth through Eighth grade attend a youth Mass on the first Wednesday of the month during the school year beginning at 6:15 PM, where they join the High School youth. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
We believe Religious Education is an ongoing process, beginning in early childhood, nurtured through the growing years, and carried out into the adult faith. We believe we are a people, formed by God, called through Baptism to share a life with Jesus.
The Religious Education Program is tailored to meet the varied needs of our community. It exemplifies the belief that each person is unique, loved by the Father, and gifted by the Holy Spirit. The Religious Education program strives to develop our children not only in faith formation, but in daily application. Throughout the year, as they participate in out-reach projects within the Church and the community. As we work together to grow in faith and knowledge, may we accomplish our work and service to the Lord, and share the light of faith together as a Catholic Community.
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For more information, please contact the Director of Religious Education: Cyndi Sabatino at 615-338-3910.
First Communion Retreat
A First Communion retreat will be held on April 21, 2018 from 8:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake. Parents are encouraged and welcome to come and enjoy their child/children in this retreat as part of the preparation for First Communion. The retreat is mandatory for all students preparing to receive their First Communion at Our Lady of the Lake on May 12, 2018.
A Confirmation retreat will be held on March 17, 2018 from 8:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake. This is a unique experience where students will spend time reflecting on the Sacrament of Confirmation through prayer, and the celebration of the Mass. The students will participate in special activities, group discussions, and various content designed specifically for the Confirmation candidates. The retreat is mandatory for all students preparing to be confirmed at Our Lady of the Lake on May 17, 2018.
“FATHER, . . . this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”1 “God our Savior desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”2 “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”3 than the name of JESUS.
The Religious Education Program at Our Lady of the Lake is blessed with dedicated, conscientious volunteer catechists who believe in the mission of our parish, and in helping to build a faith based community. It is through their instruction and modeled example that our students learn and put into action timeless Catholic values that will prepare them for lives of faith and service.
We collaborate with parents, the primary educators of their children, to insure proper instruction of the teachings of the Catholic faith. We encourage parent involvement and participation with events pertaining to your child with the Religious Education program. We are committed to working together in forming your child’s life. We will try to enhance and support the Catholic values that have been introduced and are being lived in your homes. We will also prepare the children, with your help, for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.
As a community, we should always strive to be intentional in our faith-making choices, in response to Christ’s grace to live our lives together as the Body of Christ. The Christian faith reminds us that Christ is the means by which we reach God. It is our hope that each of you have an enriching experience and a fulfilling spiritual journey with our Church and the Religious Education program. May God continue to bless you and your family.