Spiritual Development

spiritual-development-page2St. Joseph School is proud to offer its students many opportunities to add to the spiritual life of the whole parish.  In addition to themed activities coinciding with the liturgical calendar, students participate in bi-weekly Masses throughout the school year.  Each class is responsible for preparing a particular liturgy during the year, which helps the students develop a better understanding of the parts of the Mass, as well as the origins of the faith. 

The weeks of school where students are not attending Mass, our students get to participate in Eucharistic Adoration for 20 minutes during the school day. This is time spent in the presence of the blessed sacrament used for prayer and reflection. 

 

 

In the months of October (Month of the Rosary) and May (The Month of Mary) our students participate in the Rosary. Families are always encouraged to join for the Rosary a St. Joseph School. 

In addition to Masses, the students are also exposed to special prayer services during Advent and Lent.  The Fourth grade presents the “Living Stations of the Cross”to the entire student body during Holy Week, and the First grade presents “The Lives of the Saints”, by choosing a saint, researching important facts, and narrating these while dressed as the saint.

Every effort is also made to involve the parents in the spiritual lives of their students. Parents are encouraged to attend student led Masses and prayer services, and parents can volunteer to lead the rosary in each classroom on Friday afternoons during the month of May, which coincides with our May Crowning in the Mary Garden.

 

Sacraments

Each year second grade students are prepared to receive both First Reconciliation and First Communion.  Parents are asked to participate in this process and are supported in this endeavor with parent meetings and educational materials prior to both Sacraments.  First Reconciliation typically takes place in late February/early March, with First Communion celebrated in early May.

Eighth grade students begin the process of preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation during their seventh grade school year. Among other activities, 8th graders attend an all-day retreat, an evening of reflection, and complete a service project within parish community. The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in mid-April.