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Hear what people are saying about Divine Mercy Catholic School!

I cannot say enough great things about Divine Mercy! Our 9 year old son had already been to 2 different schools, where we were unable to get him the education he needed. He was doing everything in his power to prevent it. We started having discussions with Joe about what Divine Mercy had to offer. Just meeting with the staff and Joe, we could feel the warmth and the drive the staff had. I was all in at that point and we decided to give a go. We still had our fears, of course. I just felt in my heart that they were going to do whatever it took to help my son. Something that really stuck with me from the start was when Joe told me “If Divine Mercy was not a school that could help our son, then they should close their doors!”

When school started it off it was rough as we had expected, but within a few weeks they were starting to break through the walls and get through to him. The changes we have seen from the beginning of school, to now, are absolutely unreal. He was not even reading at the beginning of the year, and his Diocesan testing scores were alarmingly low. Now after Christmas break, not only is he getting back to where he should be, he tested above the national average. 

I am in tears, and so proud and very thankful. This small school in my little town has helped my son, helped my family, and in such little time changed our lives. I cannot wait to see how much he grows over the years at Divine Mercy. My only regret is that we didn’t come 2 years sooner.

– Sara Parady

Divine Mercy School faculty and staff have demonstrated that beyond just teaching our children, they are truly at the school for the joy of building children’s lives and serving God. Each member of the school demonstrates God’s love to the children daily. Beyond basic education, which is outstanding and beyond question, the values and principles that are instilled in our children through Divine Mercy will be beneficial to them for the rest of their lives. Our family feels truly blessed to send our children to Divine Mercy School.

– Kimra & Jason Williamson

My name is Theresa Conley and I am the Coordinator of Religious Education for Divine Mercy Parish.   I am happy to say that I feel we have a very strong parish religious education program – that we call PSR – and I brag on my volunteer catechists every chance I get.  However, when my daughter got ready to enter kindergarten, my husband and I wanted the very best for her.  We chose to send her to Divine Mercy Catholic School in Payne.

The first time I entered the school building in the Fall of 2004, I knew something was different about this little school.  Every morning begins with prayer.  Students and teachers offer the work they are about to do to God.  They also pray throughout the day and attend Mass on Friday mornings.

I visit the school nearly every Monday.  On Monday mornings — together as an entire school – we gather together in prayer.  We offer prayer intentions and pray together.  We’re praying for YOU – for our parish, for our community!  We’re praying for those who are sick.  We’re praying for Father and our deacons.  And we don’t do anything else until that is done.

The values and faith that my husband and I work very hard to instill in our children are reinforced in the curriculum and the very atmosphere at the school.  Students learn not only good citizenship and responsibility, but they learn about right and wrong, about Biblical principals, and about Jesus’ teachings.

For those of you here today with young children or elementary aged children, I ask that you please prayerfully consider our Catholic school.  We offer preschool through 6th grade. Busing is provided for grades K – 6 from anywhere in the county.

As a parent, I love the small class sizes offered at the Catholic school.  Class sizes average between 15 and 22 kids in each room, with a maximum of 15 in the Kindergarten room.  Older classes have combined grades, and it works smoothly and effortlessly!

For those of you without children at home, or those of you with older children, I want to thank you for your prayerful support and financial support of our school.  We can’t do this without you.

– Theresa Conley


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