Faith and Worship

FAITH FORMATION

* Daily prayer
* Weekly Mass for students
* Monthly All School Adoration and Rosary
* Sacramental preparation
* Religious education
* Student participation in the Liturgy

The Diocese of Toledo, through participation in its education programs, certifies teachers of Religion.  Religion is taught in all grades according to the course of study set forth by the diocesan Catholic Youth and School Services office.  Religion competency testing is done in grades five and eight.

 LITURGY

The school community, grades 1 to 8, celebrates liturgy during the regularly scheduled Friday morning mass at 8:30am.

All-school liturgies are scheduled for special days.  Holy day liturgies begin at 10:00 a.m. Kindergarten will take part in these special liturgies.  Celebration, thanksgiving, praise, a shared meal, and sacrifice are all a part of our participation in the Eucharist.  In the liturgy, we realize the continued presence of Jesus and, as a faith community we share in His love, His mercy and His forgiveness.  The children, under the guidance and supervision of our Director of Religious Education, help with the planning of the liturgy and participate in the liturgy in meaningful ways.

 CLASSROOM PRAYER

The entire school community prays together twice daily.  The children pray the traditional formula prayers of our Catholic faith (Our Father, Hail Mary) as well as gathering together to pray and celebrate daily experiences.  These prayer opportunities cultivate an awareness of the presence of God, talking with God, listening to God and giving witness to His many gifts and blessings.  Students also pray together as a class at lunchtime.  All students, whether Catholic or not, are required to take part in prayer and liturgical activities.

 SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION

Each year second grade students prepare to receive the sacraments of First Penance and First Eucharist.  Eighth grade students receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, generally in January, February or March.  Teachers and the Director of Religious Education work with the children.  Parent sessions are also held to assist them in their role of helping children prepare for the Sacraments.  Non-Catholic students are invited to participate in the prayer services and the preparation for the Sacraments, but will not be receiving the Sacrament.