Visitation of Our Lady School

Carolyn Levet - Principal

Inspiring Catholic Faith and Principles While Encouraging Academic Excellence

Visitation of Our Lady School

Carolyn Levet - Principal

Inspiring Catholic Faith and Principles While Encouraging Academic Excellence

Religion

Mrs. Jenny Doskey
Director of Religious Education
504-341-8477

Religion Textbooks

Visitation of Our Lady uses a textbook series approved by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. These books have been reviewed for Catholic orthodoxy, conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, their ecclesial context, the faith development, content, readability, methods, and socio-cultural issues.

The William H. Sadlier, Inc. series is used throughout the school in grades Pre-K 3 - Eighth grade.

Mass Attendance

Visitation of Our Lady students in grades Pre-K 4 through Eighth grade attend mass each week and Holy Day of Obligation.

Adoration

Students in grades three through eight attend Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each month. This enables our students to lift their minds and hearts toward God as an expression of adoration.

Because Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, he is honored with the worship of adoration. "To visit the Blessed Sacrament is. . . a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord" (#1418 CCC).

The Sacraments

Confirmation

Confirmation has been moved to Eleventh Grade. Students will be required to return to their home parish to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. This is a change that was made by the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

First Holy Communion / First Penance

Students in second grade receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation. Students are prepared in class each day for the sacraments. There is a parent seminar that is mandatory for parents to attend as part of the child's preparation for the sacraments.

Parents are the primary educators of their children in the faith and are expected to attend mass each week with their child/ren. Children will follow the good example set by their parents. Our mission here is to educate your child on matters of faith and morals and to continue building on the foundation that begins in the home.

Children will celebrate First Reconciliation prior to the celebration of the sacrament of Eucharist. First Holy Communion is celebrated in the month of May on the Saturday morning before Mother's Day.

Catholic Schools Week

Each year Visitation celebrates Catholic Schools Week in a very special way. The older students are "Buddies" to the younger ones. Fun activities are planned for each grade level.

Advent

The season of Advent is one of preparing for the coming of the birth of Jesus Christ. Students throughout the entire school prepare for this very special event in many ways.

Each classroom takes part in the Jesse Tree tradition. Student Council members do the readings for this meaningful tradition each day after Morning Prayer over the intercom. The symbol for the days' reading is placed on our Jesse Tree located in the front office.

Students bring in food for the poor and toys for the less fortunate as part of the preparation for the season of Christmas.

Lent

The season of Lent is one of preparing for the death of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a time to do penance and make sacrifices. Lent is a time for journeying. The Way of the Cross symbolizes life's journeys.

Students in third through eighth grade attend Stations of the Cross each week. This enables them to experience Lent in a special way.

Many events take place during Holy Week and students and their families are encouraged to attend.

Living Rosary

In October, a month in which we honor Mary, the entire school takes part in the living rosary. Students from each grade level are chosen.

Each student is given a rosary to keep and use to recite the rosary on that day. Parents and friends are invited to attend this beautiful event.

Altar Servers

Students in grades five through eight are invited to become altar servers for our parish. We have over 50 boys and girls who do an outstanding job of serving at all parish and school celebrations.

Special Sacrament Program

The Special Sacrament program is designed for students who are in need of the sacrament of First Holy Communion and First Penance (Reconciliation). This program is open to students in grades three and up. If a child has missed the sacrament of Eucharist, this program enables the child to be prepared for the reception of the Sacraments that he/she missed.

Please contact the Director of Religious Education to enroll your child at 504-341-8477 or for more information.

RCIA (adapted for Children)

The Rite of Christian Initiation (adapted for Children) is a program for children who are seven years or older and have not yet been baptized. This process may take more than one year to complete.

Please contact the Director of Religious Education for more information at 504-341-8477.