4:30 - 5:00 PM
2:45 - 3:45 PM
Parish Life Center (985) 626-5671
The Parish School of Religion is one dimension of a faith formation, religious education program for Catholic students in grades 1 – 12 who do not attend Catholic schools. The program teaches Catholic history and doctrine, fosters community, and prepares students for Christian service.
The PSR program at Our Lady of the Lake regularly enrolls the same number or more of students as attend our parochial school, between 750 - 1000 students. In that light we strive to provide an environment which is both nurturing, faith filled and well crafted.
About our PSR Program
Classes are held during the school year for one hour and fifteen minutes each week to insure the required thirty hours of Religious Education. Volunteer catechists teach the classes and many are certified to teach religious education or are working toward certification.
Our catechists receive curriculums that are based on grade level expectations set by the Archdiocese. Lessons are planned just as in other academic subjects.
Catechesis begins with a simple overview of the Christian message. As the students mature, more detail and history are added to the framework so that each student can arrive at a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Christian message as a way of life. Quizzes, assignments, and oral assessments will be given to determine whether there is understanding of the material.
- Sacramental preparation for Reconciliation and Communion takes place during the 1st and 2nd grades.
- Sacramental preparation for Confirmation takes place during the 9th and 10th grades and culminates with Confirmation classes in the fall of the candidate’s 11th grade year.
- Special classes are arranged for students who have fallen behind in their religious instructions and/or the reception of sacraments. In some intances, students are referred to our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program for children and teens.
PSR is meant to be an aid to parents. Parents and the home are, of course, the primary source of religious formation. The class is not a substitute for parental involvement in the religious life of the student. Where Christ is truly present in the home, the PSR class will be adequate formal education.