It all begins with Jesus. We have good news to share with people, especially young people about Jesus. Jesus is the source of life, of hope, of peace, of joy and of true fulfillment in life. He wants us to know that. He wants us to experience this joy completely. This is GOOD NEWS, in fact it’s GREAT NEWS and we want to share it with all those people we care about, especially our children.
Because we love our children we want to give them every bit of wisdom we can so that their lives will be happy and fulfilling. There is no greater wisdom we can share with them than to share the ways of our own faith tradition. We want to help them look at the world through the eyes of Jesus. We want them to have the values that Jesus teaches us because we know that these values are the ones that really matter most in life. These are the values that can serve as the real foundation of our lives.
One of the primary things we do as a parish is to help parents in their role as the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith—the way of discipleship. This challenge and responsibility is given to parents in the baptism of their children. What’s the best way to help parents do this? We believe that Catholic Schools are the best way we know of to help parents form their children in the ways of faith. It’s the best way we know of to help teach the Gospel values of Jesus to children. Everything we do at school—from academics to sports to any extracurricular activities—has, as its ultimate focus, helping to form children in the ways of Jesus, helping them to develop the values of the gospel, the values that bring true life. The real value of Catholic schools is that it is a total atmosphere in which children are immersed in a way of life, a way of being, and a way of looking at the world that is based upon the teachings of Jesus.
Specific religious formation for children in our school involves several things. Each week children attend Mass. Children in Grades Kindergarten through Second Grade participate in a weekly prayer service geared to their level. Throughout the year, all the children attend Mass together.
Throughout the year, special prayer times and Mass in celebrated for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Beginning of the School Year and End of the School Year Services, Prayer Partner Mass, Grandparent Days, Catholic School Week Celebration. . Dates and times for these celebrations are included in the school calendar and Red Folder News. Parents, relatives and friends are always invited to join us for these prayer times.
During the Seasons of Advent and Lent, each class has the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Renconciliation.
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