“What makes the Catholic school distinctive is its attempt to generate a community climate in the school that is permeated by the gospel spirit of freedom and love. It tries to guide the adolescents in such a way that personality development goes hand in hand with the development of the ‘new’ creature that each one has become through Baptism. It tries to relate all of human culture to the good news of salvation so that the light of faith will illumine everything that the students will gradually come to learn about the world, about life, and about the human person.’ ”
(Taken from The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School: Guidelines for Reflection and Renewal.)
The teaching of Catholic doctrine is an integral part of the curriculum at Our Lady of the Valley with the spiritual life of the student of paramount importance to our pastor, principal, faculty, and school parents. The religious program is designed not only to present a well-organized exploration of subject matter but also to bring each student to a personal experience of faith and a deeper knowledge and love of Jesus Christ as He is revealed to us through the Bible and the people around us.
We accomplish this through the teaching of religion curriculum of the Diocese of Birmingham, daily prayer, twice-weekly Mass for grades 3-8 and weekly Mass for grades K-2, prayer services, sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation, opportunities for the sacrament of Reconciliation, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and special observances of the Church year. Students take an active role in planning and participating in Friday morning school-wide Masses. Children in preschool attend Mass frequently and religion and prayer are their early childhood education as well.
United with each other in meaningful instruction, liturgy and prayer, students at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School: develop a personal value system based on the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, develop a sense of respect and reverence for others as they become aware of the presence of Christ in all people, and learn to live their faith according to God’s greatest commandment – “to love one another as I have loved you.”