Greetings and welcome to Our Lady of Grace Preschool!
The preschool helps us fulfill the mission and ministry of Our Lady of Grace parish, which is summed up in Jesus’ Great Commission at the end of the Gospel of Matthew: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20). Striving to live as disciples, the preschool serves parents, the first teachers of the faith, in helping children to experience the love of God and to learn to live good and holy lives. As with our efforts to form older children, youth, and adults, our staff and teachers appreciate the need to form the whole person with good and healthy relationships, an appreciation of our own self worth and dignity, intellectual development, emotional understanding, interaction with the people and world around us, and fostering the profound faith and trust of a child. In order to live up to our mission, we strive for excellence in all that we do, aiming to provide a safe and healthy environment for the child’s growth.
In order to achieve our aim of fostering faith, our preschool and parish have integrated a wonderful program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Borrowing from best practices of the Montessori approach, this catechesis teaches children all about our loving God, our worship in the liturgy, and the stories of our faith from our Catholic Christian heritage. The children have an opportunity for many tactile lessons in the Atrium, our dedicated space for Catechesis.
Our parish is proud of the great efforts of the Preschool and I am sure that you will find confidence in the leadership of our director Sally Lake and our wonderful teachers and aides.
We extend an invitation to our entire community, and in particular to our families who do not have a faith community, to consider joining Our Lady of Grace parish. Please check our parish website ourladygrace.org for information on parish liturgies, events, and ministries.
Our Lady of Grace, pray for us.
In the Lord,
Monsignor James Hannon
Our Lady of Grace
18310 Middletown Road
Parkton, Maryland 21120