Elementary

As a Parish community, we are here to support parents in the spiritual formation of their children. In all of our Discipleship Formation programs, adults and children are guided to progress through the missionary discipleship pathway, called “Four.” Each person, no matter what their age, should desire to grow in their relationship with Jesus and BECOME more like him throughout their lives.  At this stage of formation, children in Kindergarten through Grade 5 who attend public or a non-Catholic private school, discover that they are a part of God’s loving family and that they play a vital role as members of our Parish family.

Belong | Children develop friendships and participate in activities, in class and at home, which is centered on Christ.
Elementary Discipleship Formation (Seekers, Gr. K-2) meets on Mondays, 5:00-6:15 pm or on Tuesdays, 6:00-7:15 pm, weekly, from October through May. Once a month, parents will teach a lesson and do activities at home with their children. These Family Together Nights gradually help parents to gain confidence in exploring their faith with their children. 

Elementary Discipleship Formation (Crusaders, Gr. 3-5) meet once a month on Mondays, 5:00-6:15 pm or Tuesdays, 6:00-7:15 pm, from October through May, while their parents enjoy an inspiring speaker. Parents form their children at home, using Parish resources, for the other weeks of the month. 

New Parent Orientation: This orientation is a requirement of parents whose children have never attended faith formation at OLPH and will help them to get acquainted with our new Elementary Discipleship Formation. SAVE THE DATE, August 23, 2019, 7:00 pm, Harrison Hall, Interactive Learning Center.

Returning Parent Orientation: Gr. K-2 Parent Orientation is August 26, 2019, and Gr. 3-5 Parent Orientation is August 27, 2019. Both of these orientations will be at 7:00 pm, in the Harrison Hall Interactive Learning Center. PLEASE SAVE THESE DATES!

Vacation Bible School: Come enjoy the never-ending love of Jesus at “ROAR! Life is wild…God is good!” through Bible adventures, games, music, and crafts! (July 15-19, 2019) Watch for VBS Registration opening in February 2020!

Believe | Keeping eyes set on Jesus, Seekers (K-2) and Crusaders (3-5) encounter the Lord with their peers in Elementary Discipleship Formation gatherings. This time includes prayer, discussions, crafts, and songs, all to fall in love with Christ and receive his grace through the Sacraments. As this relationship grows stronger, the families will desire to love, think, and act as Jesus did. 

Children’s Liturgies: Mark your calendars, and come to our Children’s Liturgies, on the second Sunday of each month, October – May, at the 9:00 am Mass. This Mass gives the whole family a chance to encounter the Lord together where children serve as lectors, gift bearers, altar servers, and Children’s Choir members. An age-appropriate homily is even offered for them! Families also enjoy our donut reception in the Parish Center Gym following this Mass!

Become | By the 3rd grade, children have developed a friendship with Jesus and are ready to live as disciples of Christ. 3rd to 5th graders meet once a month for Elementary Discipleship Formation gatherings to share their experiences with peers and to pray together as a community. Since “we cannot give what we don’t have,” parents meet at this same time, once a month, to pray with other parents and enjoy a speaker to enrich their spiritual growth and move through their own pathway. The loving and nurturing guidance that parents provide for their children, at this stage, encourages an authentic relationship with Jesus, and children can grow as the children that God created. From this ongoing parent/parish partnership, all move through the FOUR PATHWAY, to become the missionary disciples of the Church.

Beyond | Seekers (Gr. K-2) and Crusaders (Gr. 3-5) explore how the world can be blessed through them by participating in special service projects offered during Elementary Discipleship Formation gatherings several times a year for this purpose. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to Mass each week for the nourishment of God’s grace through his Word and Eucharist. If there are any specific areas of service that you would like to explore, please let us know.

For further information on Elementary Discipleship Formation, please contact Judy Gruel, our Director, at jgruel@archbalt.org or call or visit her at the Parish Office, 410-747-4334.