Our Lady of Peace School starts off each school year with our Covenant Night Celebration. This is an opportunity for students and their families to join together in celebration of the covenant commitment it takes to educate our young people. The covenant calls family, parish and school community to a cooperative partnership to meet the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical needs of our children. In this covenant, all are united in love, sharing a hope-filled vision of God’s kingdom on earth.
- Parents are called to communicate God’s love and presence among us as the primary educator of their children.
- The Parish, gathered as God’s people in worship, is called to renew and celebrate Jesus’ New Covenant in Word and Sacrament.
- The Catholic School community is called to be a unique expression of the Church’s educational mission.
What Happens on Covenant Night?
Mrs. Kerr, our principal, and Fr. Doug, our pastor, greet the new students and families as they enter the school. We ask them to arrive first so they aren’t overwhelmed with the crowd of returning families. It also gives them more time to talk with the teachers.
Then, all our school families, new and returning, gather as a community to celebrate our Covenant Liturgy. This year we will be focusing on our mission statement – breaking down each part and learning what it really means to be a People of Peace. In the second semester, our focus will be on our Mother Mary, the first disciple.
After mass, returning parents and students go to the classroom to drop off supplies, cover books, sign up for parties and greet their new teacher and returning friends.
Families gather in the Peace Family Center where parents have the opportunity to write a message to their children. This banner is displayed in the main school hallway all year. They also enjoy refreshments and catching up with friends after the summer break.