Prince of Peace Elementary (1st - 6th Grade)
Elementary SOR evangelizes and catechizes children in 1st-6th Grade. The Elementary SOR Program follows the school year, running from September - May.
Parents as Primary Catechists
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1653. The fruitfulness of conjugal love extends to the fruits of the moral, spiritual, and supernatural life that parents hand on to their children by education. Parents are the principal and first educators of their children. In this sense the fundamental task of marriage and family is to be at the service of life.
1656. In our own time, in a world often alien and even hostile to faith, believing families are of primary importance as centers of living, radiant faith. For this reason the Second Vatican Council, using an ancient expression, calls the family the Ecclesia domestica. It is in the bosom of the family that parents are "by word and example ...the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children."
2221. The fecundity of conjugal love cannot be reduced solely to the procreation of children, but must extend to their moral education and their spiritual formation. "The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute." The right and the duty of parents to educate their children are primordial and inalienable.
2223. Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues.
Weekly Home Lessons:
Weekly home lessons are at the heart of our program. Children complete ~½-hour weekly home lessons using Ignatius Press's Faith & Life series presented through My Catholic Faith Delivered (MCFD). These lessons are a vital tool in helping to establish parents as their child’s primary catechists.
Monthly Classes/Parent Meetings
Classes meet monthly, either Mondays or Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
While the children are in their classes, parents attend Parent Meetings about topics important to today's families. If you have younger children, we provide childcare for them during this time.
Periodic Family Gatherings
We meet in the Parish Hall or Church periodically for Family Gatherings. Families attend together, as there is no child supervision on this evening. The same event will be offered that given Monday and Wednesday. While it is generally most convenient for families to attend on their given SOR evening, families are welcome to attend either session. As you are attending with your children, you are supervising them, and therefore, there are no Virtus issues.
We are always seeking faithful volunteers to join our team. Catechists meet almost monthly for Catechist Training. This is also Monday or Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Elementary SOR Volunteers have formed a tight knit group, and our monthly meetings allow us
time to socialize as well as train. If you are looking for something a little "more," consider being a catechist. If you are interested in joining our team, Please complete this form
My Catholic Faith Delivered and the Faith and Life Series
Please visit the My Catholic Faith Delivered webpage for more information on the program. As well, please review the documents below.
MCFD employs the Faith and Life Series. Please review endorsements of the program HERE.
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The Elementary SOR Program welcomes the following donations:
- Game Pieces (The pieces you move around the board. If you have old games missing pieces and would like to donate the others, we'll take 'um.)
- Physical Bingo Markers or Tiddly Winks, (not the liquid daubers. I am not that brave!)
- Lego Minifigures
- Hula Hoops (Clean ones only, please.)
If you wish to donate any of these items, please drop them off at the Christian Formation Office, or contact Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org
to make arrangements. Thank you and God Bless.
Prince of Peace respects the institutions of family and parish. Religious education, including sacramental preparation, should take place primarily within one's family, under the umbrella of one's home parish.