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Spiritual Formation

Throughout the year various religious activities are planned for the school community, and students, staff, and faculty attend. Parents are encouraged to be present as well, however, work schedules do not allow for many to attend. The religious and spiritual experiences include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Daily morning prayer
  • School Mass, twice a month on average
  • Sunday Family Mass, once a month
  • Prayer services at Thanksgiving and as needed for world events such as for special intentions, natural disasters, civil strife
  • Advent and Lenten seasons.
  • School student body retreat
  • Faculty retreat and faculty daily morning prayer at 7:35 a.m.
  • Celebration of the Family Rosary nights
  • May Crowning, Stations of the Cross and Advent prayers
  • Celebration of special feast days such as All Saints, St. John Bosco, St. Dominic Savio, Blessed Laura Vicuna, St. Mary Mazzarello, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Mary Help of Christians.
  • Celebration of the Holy Triduum in Lent
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe and Mary Help of Christians (Patroness of the Salesian Sisters) processions

Each classroom has a special prayer corner, which features the Word and has other appropriate symbols, which create a sense of prayer within the context of the classroom. The classes also keep the crucifix, pictures of Mary, the saints and other religious symbols visible and well-known in the class.

Every morning at 7:35 a.m., the faculty gets together for at least ten minutes to reflect, address issues and concerns followed by prayer. The daily morning meetings provide the faculty and staff with current information regarding schedule changes or any noteworthy information for the day. During this time a weekly designated faculty member leads a morning prayer. After the prayer, the faculty addresses any urgent issues that need to be discussed and resolved. This is also an important time for the faculty to develop a sense of community. The principal shares her vision at the beginning of the faculty meeting with prayer and encouragement for the week to come.

The student body and faculty begin the school day by gathering in the school playground. Parents and guardians are welcome, and many parents take the opportunity to attend the assemblies. The assembly begins with a “good morning” with a positive reflection for the day (a spiritual message often based on the Student Learning Expectations, according to the Salesian tradition of reason, religion, and loving kindness.

Catholic vision is clearly expressed consistently in the school bulletin scriptural readings ad questions to inspire and reflect the Catholic faith formation of the faculty, staff, students, and parents.

BASIC CATHOLIC PRAYERS S.Y. 2014-15

 

 

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