The unique feature of a parochial school is the religious development and formation of its students. As Pope Benedict XVI noted in his 2008 address to U.S. Catholic educators, our primary mission is to nurture the Catholic faith of our students, which will lead them to desire and embrace all objective truth. “First and foremost,” the Holy Father stated, “every Catholic educational institution is a place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals his transforming love and truth.”
At St. Michael School this development and formation is maintained through a complete graded course of study in religion, which is taught in grades K-8, covering the basic tenets, beliefs, traditions, and practices of the Roman Catholic faith. Sacramental preparation is incorporated into the curriculum at the appropriate grade levels.
Prayerful participation in the Eucharistic Liturgy is of vital importance for the school, as it is for the entire Church. All-school liturgies are celebrated once a month; weekly class Masses are celebrated at 8:15 A.M. according to the following schedule: First, Second, and Third Grade – Wednesday; Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade – Thursday; Seventh and Eighth Grade – Friday.
Penance Services are scheduled at regular intervals during the school year. Parents are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation with their children regularly so that they may benefit from good example at home as well as at school.
- The sacrament of First Holy Communion is received by students in the second grade.
- The sacrament of First Penance is received primarily by students in the second grade.
- The sacrament of Confirmation is received by students in the eighth grade.
The student body also has the opportunity to participate in many traditional devotions and practices of the Catholic faith, including the rosary, Stations of the Cross, Lenten sacrifices, mission education, vocation awareness, and prayer services. In addition, service opportunities are available in all grades. All of the above components, as well as a prevailing atmosphere of faith, contribute to the process of internalizing virtues which are distinctively Christian.