“The Church’s clear teaching, constantly reiterated by the Holy See, affirms that parents are the first educators of their children. Parents have the original, primary, and inalienable right to educate their offspring in conformity with the family’s moral and religious convictions. They are educators because they are parents… Parents – and not schools either of the state or the Church – have the primary moral responsibility of educating the children to adulthood. Like a good Mother, the Church offers help to families by establishing Catholic schools that ensure the integral formation of their children.”
— The Holy See's Teaching on Catholic Schools, 2006
World-renowned chastity speaker Jason Evert kicked off our Prime Time series in 2014.

World-renowned chastity speaker Jason Evert kicked off our Prime Time series in 2014.

Every Church document on education stresses the importance of parents being the primary educators of their children.  Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Classical School exists to support parents in this role.  We know, through the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, parents possess special graces to teach their children, especially when it comes to teaching the Catholic faith.  Our teachers can only reinforce what already starts at home.

With this in mind, Lourdes Classical seeks to support family life and help prepare students as future leaders and supporters of family life.  As “Continuing Ed. for Primary Educators,” the “Prime Time” series was launched in 2014-15 as a lecture series (featuring Jason Evert, Fr. Brian Larkin, Detectives Mike & Cassandra Harris, Kyle Mills, and Fr. John Riley) and 10 different book clubs.  Prime Time also seeks to foster “a special solidarity among families” or what Pope St. John Paul the Great referred to as “an apostolate of families to one another,” through which “we seek together the answers to life’s essential questions”  (Letter to Families, 1994).

The Catholic identity and school culture for which we are striving depends upon this type of community-wide effort.  May God give us this grace.

For further reading, see Pope St. John Paul the Great’s Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World).  Additionally, see our bookshelves with resources below.

Previous prime time lectures available for download

October 14, 2015 - Fr. Brian Larkin

November 18, 2015 - Mr. Ryan O'Connor

December 9, 2015 - Fr. Brian