Religious Education

St. Mary School strives to provide a faith centered, Catholic Education rooted in the Gospel message. Christian principles are integrated into the curriculum not only in formal study, but also as a way of life. Students at St. Mary evidence their Faith in community life, family life and Christian witness in service.

Religious Education Office

(440) 322-3054
Mrs. Peggy Russell, Secretary & Preschool PSR Facilitator

Parent’s Role

  • Foster their children`s moral development through word and example
  • St. Mary recognizes parents as the primary educators of their children
  • Parents are encouraged to take the central role in educating their children in the Catholic Faith and Gospel Teachings
  • St. Mary provides community, support and services to assist parents in this endeavor
  • Catholic parents who did not receive all the Sacraments, or parents interested in becoming Catholic are encouraged to explore their own Faith through the RCIA program; please contact the Church Office for complete details at (440) 322-5539.

Teacher’s Role

  • Assist parents by teaching basic Catholic Doctrine and Chrisitan principles founded on the Gospels
  • All St. Mary teachers have received their basic Catechist cetification, some are Master Catechists
  • Knowledge and skills are updated through Religious Education In-Services
  • All Parish School of Religion (PSR) teachers and volunteers receive training and mentoring
  • All teachers have participated in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland`s Virtus Program


  • St. Mary follows the Religious Education curriculum guidelines outlined by the Diocese
  • Curriculum and texts are reevaluated on a regular basis
  • Attendance at Mass plays an essential role in Faith formation
  • Students attend Mass regularly, on First Fridays and on Holy Days of Obligation
  • Prayer in the classroom is an important part of each school day
  • All school prayer services help build the Faith community
  • The Blest Are We religious textbook series is currently in use.

Community Service Projects

  • American Heart Association “Hoops for Hearts” and “Jump for Hearts”
  • Crop Walk
  • MDA “Hop-A-Thon”
  • Juvenile Diabetes Walk
  • Leukemia Society “Pennies for Patients”
  • Collection for Red Cross to assist victims of the earthquake in Iran
  • Advent Outreach project for Men`s Homeless Shelter at Lorain St. Josephs