Our Lady of Hope Catholic School A National Blue Ribbon, K-8 school located in Potomac Falls, VA Educating for Eternity

Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life

Our Lady of Hope Catholic School incorportates the Faith, not only in our prayer life, but also in our classes throughout the day. The spiritual formation of your child is of utmost importance to us. We are not simply a school that “happens” to be Catholic, nor do we exist to solely provide a private school education. We are first, and foremost, a Catholic school with the primary purpose of passing on the Catholic Faith so our students can be active witnesses to Our Lord Jesus Christ in accordance with the Magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church. Our educators and staff attest that they will witness by their public behavior, actions, and words a life consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Thus, OLOH School strives to be a consistent beacon of hope within a secular, changing world.

Weekly School Mass

Each week, our students attend a School Mass. 8th Graders have the opportunity to gain public speaking experience as readers, while 4th Graders bring up the gifts. Our School Choir sings for Mass as our school comes together with the united purpose of worshipping our Creator. Parents of students are welcome to attend School Masses.

First Friday Devotions

Once a month, Crusaders stay after our School Mass for special devotions. We recite a decade of the Rosary, pray for our Pope, and take a few moments to adore Our Lord in exposition.

Morning & Afternoon Prayers

Prayers are integrated throughout our school day. Our day begins with prayer and concludes in prayer. Our students also pray before lunch and in their classroom. Some of our prayers include the Morning Offering, Act of Contrition and the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.

Monthly Confessions

As part of the spiritual formation at Our Lady of Hope Catholic School, our 3rd through 8th Graders attend monthly confession. Our 2nd Graders, once they receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also join the rotation.

Classroom Visits

Father Saunders and Father Schierer are active in school life, visiting classrooms throughout the month for additional discussions on the Faith. Father Schierer also team-teaches 7th & 8th Grade Religion. Each classroom is named for a saint, with religious statues throughout the school.

Virtues of the Month Program

Our goal is not only to educate academically, but also build character. Each month our Crusaders learn and are encouraged to practice a specific virtue. This is a great way for our students to embrace the virtues as part of their Faith and their daily lives. The Virtue of the Month may be taught through projects, a specific lesson on that virtue, or by studying the lives of the saints.

Prayer Intentions for Our Families

Each day our students and staff pray for a school family during our Morning Prayers. Parents receive an email from the school when their family is the intention for the day as a way of showing appreciation and spiritual support from our school community.