Nestled on 12 acres in suburban Hamilton, NJ, the Our Lady of Sorrows campus provides an exceptional educational environment for children of all ages, from early child care through the eighth grade.
Our Lady of Sorrows - St. Anthony Pre-School and Child Care Center serves children from 6 weeks through 5 years of age. It offers today's busy parents flexible scheduling solutions to meet a variety of needs.
Our Lady of Sorrows is a private Catholic K-8 elementary school established in 1955, accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
An Important Message from
April 2, 2017
Msgr. Gervasio and the Parish School Board
In one of his homilies Pope Francis offered this admonition: “Don’t be afraid of the renewal of structures! The Church has always been attentive to this…it always allows itself to be renewed according to places, times, and persons. Don’t be afraid of this!”
I have turned to these words over the past months as I have worked with our parish trustees, our school board, and an Early Childhood Education Consultant to assess the direction of our elementary school, Pre-K, and Day Care Center. I’d like to share the fruits of this discernment.
Since its establishment over twenty years ago, our PreK (3- & 4-year-old program) has operated under parish auspices but independently of our elementary school. It has certainly functioned under civil codes but not under the Diocesan Department of Catholic Education. Ours is the only PreK in the diocese not under diocesan aegis.
After considerable study, our parish trustees and school board have unanimously concluded that effective June 30, 2017, the PreK will move from “Mary’s Haven” to the main school building. At the same time, the Daycare Center (Infant and Toddler Care) would cease operations. The PreK will become an integral part of Our Lady of Sorrows School under the direction of pastor and principal. This move will enable our PreK to:
- Function according to the curriculum and guidelines followed by all PreK programs recognized by the Diocese of Trenton Department of Catholic Education;
- Introduce and prepare children for elementary school while respectful of their developmental needs;
- Afford children a wider range of programs and activities; and
- Allow for more responsible use of parish resources.
Work to accommodate the PreK program in the school will soon begin. Our aim is, of course, to provide a quality education at reasonable cost in a setting that is safe and attractive.
This move impacts the Day Care Program in ways that do not make its continuance viable. Ongoing maintenance of “Mary’s Haven,” where both programs are currently housed, would place significant stress on parish resources once the PreK moves into the school. It is also difficult to justify the use of such a large building for a small program. Moreover, the growth of Day Care Centers in our area diminishes the need for the parish to subsidize a Day Care Program when it is already devoting a substantial share of its revenue to its elementary school. Our trustees and school board, with the support of the Diocese, has determined that the parish must now focus on the advancement of a PreK-8 parochial school.
This decision has been made not without much difficulty but we firmly believe these changes are in the best interest of the parish and its mission to support Catholic Education.