Spiritual Growth & Religious Education
The primary purpose for the existence of Our Lady of Lourdes School is the teaching of religion and the principal application of Christian social principles. Here all learning can take place in an atmosphere of religious ideals.
In recent years, sacramental preparation has become more and more the privilege of the parents; it has, however, always been their right and responsibility. The duty of the school and the parish is to assist parents by providing opportunities to review the meaning of the Sacraments, to suggest methods of relating the ideas to the child, and to provide times for the reception of the Sacraments. The school helps the child to join fully in the Eucharistic celebration through the Sacrament of Holy Communion, to learn to love the mercy of God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and to become committed to the faith in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Devotion to the Blessed Mother is encouraged and implemented in various activities. In October, the rosary is stressed. In February, a special effort is made to inform the students of the story of Our Lady of Lourdes. A Marian Prayer Service offers the opportunity to honor Mary during the month of May. A one-day retreat experience is set aside for the eight graders to become more aware of their Christian calling.