Religious Education – Growing In Faith Together (G.I.F.T.)

Children who attend public school do not receive formation in their Faith as part of their regular education, so each parish is responsible for offering programs of religious education to these children and their families. At OLV, we call our program “Growing In Faith Together (GIFT).”

GIFT is a Sunday morning program held during the months of September through April, from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m., thus enabling families to attend either our 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. mass. Classes are offered for Kindergarten through grade 8.

We use a spiral-based curriculum text that focuses on the basics of our faith. Our program emphasizes parental involvement and learning as a family unit.  New families and/or catechists (teachers) are always welcome. Attendance at this program is a prerequisite for and requirement of our sacramental preparation processes.

Religious Education Enrollment is Open for the 2021-2022 School Year!

To enroll, please fill out the Registration Form at this link ( )

Classes will take place on Sundays, 9:00 -10:15 am, beginning on September 19th. Our plan for the coming school year is to return to our traditional weekly classroom model and incorporate full-family sessions once per month.

If you are interested in becoming a catechist, you must be a practicing Catholic, at least 18 years old, and be fully VIRTUS compliant.

Contact Kathleen Clark for more information on the process for obtaining VIRTUS compliance.

If you have a child who is enrolled in public school in Kindergarten through grade 8, contact the Cassandra Palmer  at 410-242-0131 ext 272 to enroll your child in the GIFT program.