Our Lady of Lourdes School: A little School with a Big Heart
Tucked away in the Weir neighborhood of Taunton, Massachusetts, Our Lady of Lourdes School has been educating children in grades preschool through fifth since 1963. Founded and served by the Sisters of Mercy, Our Lady of Lourdes School remains steadfast and true to its mission: “Our Lady of Lourdes School answers Jesus’ call to love and serve others and is committed to achieving academic excellence, enriched with Catholic values.” Over the past fifty plus years, the school has managed to retain the charism of the Sisters of Mercy, “to incarnate the Mercy of God the Father…and to perform the various corporal and spiritual works of mercy.” Indeed, to this day, students from Our Lady of Lourdes School engage in various service projects to help the communities of Taunton and beyond. Some of the projects we’ve been involved with include collecting canned goods for the homeless; donating children’s own money to other children suffering from cancer; donating to the Leukemia Society; collecting coats, blankets, hats and mittens for the poor; and more. We are blessed to have two of the founding Religious still in our midst, Sister Margretta Sol and Sister Donald Kerr. Together they embody the spiritual foundation of our Mission. Their dedication to and support of our school is boundless. Our students benefit from knowing and interacting with Sisters Margretta and Donald, who are exemplar role models of the Religious life.
Our Lady of Lourdes School is no stranger to academic excellence. We provide our students with a rigorous curriculum in the core academic subjects. In an age when funding for “extra” classes such as music, art, or technology seems to be scarce, Our Lady of Lourdes School is blessed to have dedicated teachers in these subject areas, as well as for Physical Education. Our teachers are devoted to their craft and always willing to go above and beyond for their students. We make every effort to personalize instruction for every learner because we realize that every student learns in their own way and time. Teachers work in small groups and individually with students to ensure that every student is learning and progressing.
At Our Lady of Lourdes School, we work hard, but we also play. We have many afterschool programs to enrich students’ lives. Robotics Club, Track and Field, Cooking Club, Arts and Crafts Club, Musical Instrument Lessons, and Knitting Club are a few of the enrichment classes that we offer throughout the school year. During the summer months, we have a two-week day camp for students of all ages. Last summer, we hosted a STEM themed camp. Students enjoyed doing lots of hands-on activities like making ice cream and slime, (although not simultaneously!). Earlier this month, we dedicated our new playground equipment with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and blessing from our Pastor, Father Tom Costa. The equipment comes complete with a pirate ship, which we have affectionately dubbed, “Noah’s Ark!”
The Holy Spirit is alive and well at Our Lady of Lourdes School. Love and kindness abide in our halls. We like to call ourselves the “little school with a big heart.” All are welcome here. We embrace diversity knowing that we are all God’s children. In the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, we educate children from near and far. Generations of families still send their students to us. We welcome students from Taunton and surrounding towns, as well as from other states. This year alone, we have students who came to us from Connecticut, California, and Maryland. We are always accepting new students in our preschool through fifth grade. If you, or someone you know is looking for a school with a strong spiritual component and academic excellence, please come by to see us. We know you will fall in love with our little school with a big heart!