Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

The Religion curriculum of the diocese of Ogdensburg is built upon the Four Pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church – Creed, Sacraments, Christian Life in Christ, and Prayer.  The teacher collaborates with parents in sharing religious beliefs and values.  The teacher fosters a deeper awareness of God’s presence.  It is further expected that our faith and teachings will be integrated throughout our academic curriculum as appropriate.

Pre-Kindergarten Focus – Creation and Bible Stories

Areas of the Four Pillars included in the Kindergarten Religion curriculum include:


  • Creation is a gift from God
  • Bible is a special book about God
  • Church is God’s house
  • Members of the Church
  • Respect for all of creation


  • Sacraments are special signs of God’s life
  • Reverence and prayer at Mass
  • Sacramentals of  holy water, statues, etc
  • Liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter
  • Saints for holy days and seasons

Christian Life in Christ

  • All life and people are holy
  • Love Jesus by loving others
  • Jesus tells us stories of how to love others
  • Making good choices


  • Prayer is talking and listening to God
  • Many ways to pray including the Sign of the Cross and the Our Father
  • God shows us how to pray for others especially in the Bible