Integrating Faith with Academics

Pope John Paul II told us to, "Open wide the doors for Christ." 

At Holy Spirit Catholic School, teaching religion is a curriculum priority, as is integrating religion into the day-to-day activities of the school. We lead students to an understanding of Catholic principles and virtues, guiding them to engage in his or her own personal relationship with God.  Every Holy Spirit Catholic School student is entitled to and receives Catholic faith formation and spiritual development. Together with students and their families, we build a faith-based community rooted in the Gospel of Christ and His command to love one another.

Sacramental Preparation

Sacrament preparation is conducted in 2nd grade and also in 7th and 8th grades.  For all Catholic 2nd graders, preparation for First Reconciliation is during the fall term and First Eucharist is received in the spring term.

Confirmation instruction is done by the Religion teacher throughout the year for Holy Spirit 8th graders.  service hours may begin being served in the 7th grade to assist Confirmandi in acquiring all necessary hour for the Sacrament.

Reconciliation

Students in Grades 3-8 are given an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation multiple times throughout the school year and are encouraged to the receive the Sacrament at other times throughout the year.

Social Awareness and Outreach

The social application of Christian teaching is presented as motivation for student participation in various fund-raising programs and service activities.  This is coordinated through the Student Council

Outreach programs include, but are not limited to, coat and school supply drives, Uplift and Respect Life.  Older student help at St. Mary's Food Kitchen.  All Holy Spirit School students participate in ongoing service.

Joyful Works

Joyful Works is a Holy Spirit Parent's Association sponsored program whose goal is to promote and celebrate community service.  Every time a child does an hour of community service, they get to write their name on a hand and have it added to the Joyful Works wall outside St. Elizabeth Hall.

RCIC Program

New students from Catholic families (Grade 3-Grade 8) who have not yet received the Sacraments may participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) Program.  In this program, the students will be instructed and prepared for the Sacraments of Initiation.  younger children, who have not been baptized, may receive this Sacrament after consultation with the Parish Director of Religious Education and the Pastor.

Holy Spirit Canned Food Drive

Feeding the Hungry and putting the Works of Mercy into action!  As a school we have a grand total of 4,163 food items.  The sixth grade was the first place winner with 3,083 items.  Eighth grade placed second, but actually we all win for making the season bright for others!!  


                               

Service For Others

St. Mary's Food Kitchen:  This service provides a chicken dinner to the homeless and less fortunate at St. Mary's Food Kitchen once a month.  Four eighth grade students and two parents assist the parish volunteers each month during those months that school is in session.

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Preparing Minds for the Future- Souls for Eternity

Students actively participate in liturgies and assist in the planning of  Masses, Rosaries, Benedictions and the Stations of the Cross.  Students in grades 1-8 participate in school liturgies weekly by singing, reading, writing prayers of intercessions, bearing gifts, and praying with one another.  Students in grades 5-8 may volunteer to be altar servers.

As a school community we:
 

  • Attend Mass on Wednesdays of each week and on Holy Days of Obligation.
  • Grades 1-8 host Masses throughout the year
  • Grades 1 and 2 participate in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
  • Gather together for a Rosary on each Friday afternoon during October and May
  • Participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent and Lent.  (Grades 2-8)
  • Participate in the Stations of the Cross during Lent
  • Spend time in the Adoration Chapel
  • Gather together for Benediction the First Friday of every month
  • Participate in various service projects throughout the year
  • Integrate our faith into every curriculum area

The Assessment of Catechesis Religious Education (ACRE) is annually administered to the students in grades 5 and 8.  The ACRE is produced by the National Catholic Educational Association and serves as an integrated approach to assessment offering both faith knowledge as well as beliefs, behavior, attitudes, and practices sections.  

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Classes

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd classes help children encounter the living God through presentations based on the Bible and Liturgy.  Children nurture their relationship with Jesus within a prepared environment (atrium).  The atrium is specially prepared with age appropriate materials for this Montessori based religious formation program.

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7th Grade Marian Medal Program

These young ladies in the 7th grade took part in the Marian Medal program and celebrated completing the program at Sunday Mass.  The girls grew in their relationship with our Blessed Mother throughout the year, learning from guest speakers and by doing service projects.  This special program has been available for the past 23 years and is open to all 7th grade girls.  Awesome job all!!


Miserere

Honor Choir gives praise to the Lord in song with their performance of Miserere.