Our Lady of Victory Catholic School
ReligionChristian formation in the gospel values, community service, and self-discipline prepares Catholic school students for the challenges they face today and will in the future. A firm understanding of the Catholic faith is vital to the spiritual well-being of Catholics. For over 50 years, Our Lady of Victory Catholic School has been effectively educating young people in the Catholic faith. The OLVCS Religion curriculum guided by the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and meets the standards of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USSB).Religion class is taught 4 days a week to all students in grades K-8. Overall, OLVCS uses the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church to inform and direct teaching. Further, Grades K - 8 use the Alive in Christ series (Our Sunday Visitor). These comprehensive textbook series are aligned with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Lessons are supplemented with online and hard copy resources.
OLVCS partners with parents in the faith formation of their students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to help their students learn formal prayers that are known to enrich spiritual development. A list of valuable prayers can be found on the Prayers to Know page.OLVCS students attend Mass once a week at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, usually on Fridays at 9AM. At this Mass, OLVCS students serve as readers, altar servers, and greeters, as well as fulfill other duties for the Mass. Parents and family members are welcome to attend school Masses. Throughout the school year students will also go to church on Holy Days of Obligation, receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, participate in the Stations of the Cross, Rosary, and May Crowning, as well as other devotions and prayer services.Throughout the course of the year, OLVCS students put Catholic social teaching into action by participating in a variety of service projects. These projects are often done in conjunction with the Jared Box Project, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Catholic Charities, and Catholic Relief Services. All OLVCS students contribute to class-specific service projects in conjunction with the celebration of OLV Day and to other school-wide projects throughout the year. Each OLVCS Middle School student personally volunteers at least 20 hours per school year.