Our Mother of Consolation Parish School is a vital part of the parish community, the local community, and the broader community. This strong sense of connection is a core aspect of our belief system. OMC relies heavily on the Volunteerism of school parents to keep the school humming and vibrant each day. When parents make a commitment of their time and talents to the school community, they provide a model of volunteerism and community spirit to their children, our students. This positive example is then channeled to the broader circles of parish community, local community, and beyond.
OMC as a School Community
OMC Parish School is a community within itself. It is made up of families who share Christian values and collaborate to raise their children in a manner consistent with the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a place where families become friends.
OMC School in the Parish Community
OMC Parish School and its students are a vital part of the larger OMC Parish Community. The parish community is led by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (since 1999) and the Sisters of St. Joseph (who have been involved in OMC School since its founding in 1862). OMC students participate in the sacramental life of the parish by serving on the altar at mass and reading during the Liturgy. Second graders receive First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation. Sixth graders receive Confirmation.
Students actively support many parish endeavors including clothing and food drives for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, toy collection and delivery for Operation Santa Claus, and delivery of poinsettias and Valentines to the homebound during the holidays.
OMC CYO fosters the Christian values of respect, compassion, and support. The athletic program allows all children of the parish to interact in a fun and active setting to provide healthy growth and development through games, practice, and teamwork. Parents and volunteer coaches join their children to create a positive community experience.
OMC School in the Local Community
OMC is located in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, bordering on Springfield Township, Montgomery County. OMC students come from 16 different nearby zip codes including Mt Airy, Germantown, East Falls, Wyndmoor, Erdenheim, and numerous other nearby locations.
OMC utilizes all of the resources in the Chestnut Hill Community to provide a well-rounded education for its students. For example, local field trips to the Philadelphia Library and Woodmere Art Museum are common. Student assemblies from local organizations such as the firehouse complement in-class learning.
Sports teams use local facilities to hold practices and play home games. Students get involved in many local activities, such as submitting stories and artwork to the Chestnut Hill Local and Christmas caroling. Younger students visit the nearby retirement community during the holiday seasons to sing songs and visit with the residents. Local food banks are the recipients of the students’ holiday food drives.
OMC recognizes its responsibility to the environment through recycling. Electronically mailed weekly notes and reminders reduce the use of paper and conserve resources.
Greens Grow is an after-school program for students to learn the propagation of vegetables and flowering plants with the use of our school greenhouse. The students hold markets to sell the fruits of their labor to Parish and school families at a reduced cost. Plants are also provided for distribution to the homebound through the St. Vincent De Paul Society.
OMC’s snack and hot lunch programs are supplied by local vendors, allowing us to help support the economy of the community. Marketplace, in partnership with Weaver’s Way Co-op, is a program in which healthy, locally produced snacks are sold by students to students. A portion of the proceeds are donated to local and international causes.
Involvement at the local level, fostered in a nurturing and Christ-centered setting, prepares students to become informed, energetic, and committed contributors within the global community.