Built in 1958, Our Lady of Loretto School was the first parochial school in northern Marin County and is run by…More Ursuline Sisters. Started for grades one through three, the school added a grade each year until 1965, then added a kindergarten in 1992. Today the school is overseen by Principal Annette Bonanno and it plays a large part in the lives of many Catholic residents of Novato.
The elementary and middle school lessons include accelerated math, Spanish, computers, music, physical education and science. The average class size is 25 students and the tuition is about $7,000 annually.
Among the enrichment activities offered include a student theater company, academic chess, glee club, weight training, gardening, choir, speech and debate, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, altar-serving, student council and CYO sports teams.
Mindful of its mission to be "witness to the love of Christ for all," the school is committed to diversity and admits student of any race, color and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or make available to students.
The oldest Catholic church in Novato and the city's largest church in terms of membership was established in 1892…More under the auspices of the Rev. Charles E. O'Neale. The first parish building was located on modern-day South Novato Boulevard and destroyed by fire in 1935. A new parish was opened in 1937 at 1200 Grant Ave., where today sits the Cacti restaurant. The current parish, opened in 1963, is at the corner of Grant Avenue and Novato Boulevard.
The Rev. William McCain's congregation is more than 1,800 families strong. The parish is host to numerous organizations, such as the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Daughters, the Italian Catholic Federation and the St. Vincent de Paul Society as well as the parish's Helping Hands group. It also has an affiliated elementary school withan extended care program before and after school.