PSR General Information
Our PSR, Preschool and Home School religious education programs combined serve more than 750 students from 450 parish families. We serve families from many communities including but not limited to:
- Avon Lake
- Brook Park
- Bay Village
- North Olmsted
- Rocky River
PSR Parent-Teacher Group
The Saint Raphael PSR Parent-Teacher Group is the religious equivalent of a school PTA, much like the Saint Raphael Home & School Organization. The role of the PSR Parent-Teacher Group is to support the parish Religious Education administration and the volunteer faculty and to assist in communicating information to all PSR families. Activities include offering support with the PSR Open House displays in January, providing expressions of gratitude throughout the year for the teachers and fundraising.
PSR Spiritual Olympics
The Spiritual Olympics' program was originated by Father Tim Gareau. Like Olympians who have to practice a particular sport or athletic event, Catholics need to practice their faith. This program offers students the opportunity to actively participate in a lived experience of their faith outside of a classroom environment.
Using the five rings of the Olympic symbol, the Parish School of Religion designates five sessions of the year to these special gatherings. The children wear their Olympic t-shirt and/or a designated liturgical color of the day. They are also asked to bring their Religion books for use at the beginning of the session.
At a designated time, the children join together with their Jesus Buddy and move to sessions in the library, gym and Church. Each gathering includes a service outreach project benefiting a local charity, a fun Religion lesson on the theme of the month, and other activities such as music, storytelling, saint of the day, Church scavenger hunt or age-appropriate liturgical prayer service.