Living Our Faith  
At Our Lady of the Visitation we are focused on living our faith by instilling our Catholic values in our students on a daily basis. Each day we strive to provide a quality Catholic education with superior academic results. Our students thrive in a safe and caring community where they are accepted and respected as they develop their faith. We work to build character in a disciplined learning environment for each and every student where they learn to respect all individuals.


Every day we are called to live out the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. At Our Lady of the Visitation we work to prepare our students to live out their faith in the Catholic Church. Each day of the week presents the opportunity for students who attend our school to experience Catholic culture integrated throughout the curriculum.

As our second grade students prepare for the sacrament of First Communion, they experience the love and mercy of God’s love through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Each student’s preparation begins in the classroom with support from their teachers, parents and the Our Lady of the Visitation community.  This blessed Sacrament is first prayerfully celebrated with their parents with opportunities to continue to experience God’s forgiveness during the seasons of Advent and Lent.

Throughout their second grade school year, students prayerfully prepare for the Sacrament of First Communion.  Our teachers and parents guide each student to be ready to receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ through classroom activities, prayer and retreats.  The celebration of this Sacrament of Initiation takes place during a private ceremony in the late spring.  

As Catholic Christian parents we bring our children into the Catholic Church so that they may begin their journey in faith through Baptism. During their seventh grade year, with the help of our teachers and the Our Lady of the Visitation community we prepare our children to make the choice to continue their faith journey through the Sacrament of Confirmation.  This Sacrament of Service is celebrated with their sponsors and families in the spring.

As parishioners of Our Lady of the Visitation, we experience God’s love through prayer, service and community activities. Our students have these same experiences through our school families. Each eighth grade student leads a group of students from each grade throughout the school year. The students interact as families to promote the Our Lady of the Visitation spirit and service through prayer, group discussions and group activities.

As each one of us has received God’s gifts, we are called to serve one another in His name. We celebrate the gifts of our students at Our Lady of the Visitation during mass, in the classroom and participation in clubs and sports. Our students support organizations including the Literacy Network, St. Leo’s Parish, (others) through service hours, as well as various collections and other donations.

What is a TOB School?

It is school community where everyone is seen as a gift from God. It’s a way of looking at others that upholds the dignity of every human person. It is a way of living and learning in gratitude for God’s love for us. We recognize our mission to serve the needs of our sisters and brothers. Theology of the Body, written by St John Paul II, is a treasure for our time. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are witnessed in the school hallways and beyond: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control and chastity.


Each month, this new page on our website will offer fun ways to live your Catholic faith – right at home!

Through various movies, books, day trips, prayers and grade-level activities that reinforce what the children are learning, we learn about our faith. With families spending more time at home, this site provides timely and seasonal ideas to live out the Catholic faith.

Advent is here! It is time to get ready for Christmas. You notice I didn’t say “Celebrate Christmas”. Catholics are one of the few groups who like to wait until the 25 th of December to celebrate the
birth of Christ. These days are meant for something else. It is the season of wearing purple, lighting the Advent wreath, baking cookies and hanging the stockings. Join us this month as we offer
wonderful ideas on exactly how to keep Advent in your home.

Say the beautiful prayer on Christmas night. Get yourself a festive drink, turn out all the lights except the tree and spend the last moments of the day with the Messiah.

"Christmas Blessing" by Joyce Rupp
May you give and receive love generously.
May this love echo in your heart like
the joy of church bells on a clear December day.

May each person who comes into your life
be greeted as another Christ.
May the honor given the Babe of Bethlehem
be that which you extend to every guest who enters your presence.

May the hope of this sacred season settle in your soul.
May it be a foundation of courage for you
when times of distress occupy your inner land.

May the wonder and awe that fills the eyes of children
be awakened within you.
May it lead you to renewed awareness and appreciation
of whatever you too easily take for granted.

May the bonds of love for one another be strengthened
as you gather around the table of festivity and nourishment.

May you keep your eye on the Star within you and trust
this Luminescent Presence to guide and direct you each day.

May you go often to the Bethlehem of your heart
and visit the One who offers you peace.

May you bring this peace into our world.


Advent Wreath~
One of the oldest traditions for counting the days until Christmas is the Advent wreath. Make a wreath and place it on your table on the First Sunday of Advent. The whole family will watch the candles burn one by one as Christmas approaches. It reminds us that there is holy meaning to the holidays.

Advent wreaths are fashioned out of evergreens, twisted together in a circle to symbolize continuous life across the seasons, from the death of winter to the new life of spring. Naturally, this earthly symbolism also points to the spiritual symbolism of newness and the promise of eternal life and salvation offered through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (John 3:16). The circular nature of the wreath, similar to a wedding ring or band, is further meant to reflect the unending love of Christ and eternal life offered through salvation. 


The Advent Candles~
In almost all Advent traditions, the lighting of candles is also a prominent feature of each week’s commemorative celebration. Some candles are placed within or near the wreath itself. Other times, they are lit separately on each Sunday beginning four weeks prior to Christmas. Candles and the light they produce are a reflection of the light that came into the world with the arrival of Jesus Christ. 


Every family needs a nativity scene. If you don’t have one, purchase one that is not too fragile, so that young children can handle the figures. If you watch Visitation’s website you can see Father Mark offering a blessing for the crèche. When you put yours out, listen to his beautiful prayer. It has always been our custom to hide baby Jesus somewhere in the house. On Christmas Eve the children search for the Messiah. Whoever finds him places him in the manger and gets a special treat.


Advent Game~
I have been doing his counting project since my family was very young and I still do it even though everyone is grown and in their own homes. I make a paper chain out of purple paper. Inside each chain I write a task that needs to get done before Christmas. Depending on the age of your children, you can tailor the tasks to their age. AS my children grew “ making a Christmas card for Grandma” turned into “call Grandma and tell her you love her” . Get the idea. Hang the chain on the wall and remove one loop each day until Christmas. It is great fun and it makes the preparation time easier to manage as you “Bake cookies” one day and go for a prayer walk the next.


Christmas at Home~
All of us are creating a stay at home Christmas this year because of Covid. Visitation’s website is offering many opportunities to invite Father Mark into your home. You can listen to Father’s Christmas mass; join him as he blesses the advent wreath and the crèche. In other words, we will bring the parish into your home this year.


Saints of the Season
St Nicholas – December 6
December 6th is Santa Claus feast day. St Nicholas loves to stop by on the night before his feast day and but treats in the kids stocking or shoes.  Your children can put their letters to Santa in their stockings that night and low and behold, he writes back in the morning to remind them to be good until Jesus birthday.

Immaculate Conception – December 8
This is a holy day of obligation, so be sure to join the parish for mass. It is about St Ann conceiving Mary in her womb without any sin. It is a day to tell the story of Mary as a girl in the days before Jesus was in her womb. Look on Catholic Icing for coloring pages for this feast day.

St Lucy – December 13
Remember the hymn Santa Lucia? This is the day in Sweden when young girls wear candles in the hair and serve sweet rolls to their family. You may not want to go that far but it is great day for a family baking event. St. Lucy’s feast is on the darkest days of the year and she is a reminder that Christ the light of the world is on the way. I love to make sweet rolls on this feast and give them away to someone who is going through a sad time in their life.



December is a great time for family movie nights. We all have our traditional favorites like It’s a Wonderful Life, Bells of St Mary’s or Scrooge. But here are a few newer ones that a perfect for family and have a faith message: Saving Christmas, Christmas Grace, The Nativity Story, Chasing the Star, Christmas on Salvation Street. The Ultimate Gift, The Preacher’s Wife, The Star Kids, Angels in the Snow, The Christmas Candle.


A favorite outing in my family is the night we go out to see the holiday lights. We plan the route ahead of time, looking for recommendations from friends and the internet. Before we leave (or in the car) we share with the kids the reasons for all the lights at Christmas,( It is the time of the winter solstice the darkest time of the year. The lights represent Christ as the Light of the world even in our darkest times.) After we get home we have picnic supper in the dark under the Christmas tree ablaze with light.

To learn some great ways to share Catholic traditions with your children, plug into Teaching Catholic Kids.com. The site offers beautiful and fun activities to celebrate a holy Advent that is fun. Since the kids have a lot of home time these days, try these interactive sites for holiday fun: Elfi, North Pole, Xmas Fun, Reindeer Cam and Santa Games.





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