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Spiritual Life

Catholic faith and values are integrated into the life and culture of the community and support the spiritual, emotional, and social development of each student. Students are guided into becoming active Catholics with self-respect, respect for others, and a reverence for all of God’s creation.

  • There is a comprehensive religion curriculum in grades TK-8, and the parish priests are a valuable resource for the religious program.
  • Each day begins with the morning prayer.
  • The students attend 8:30 a.m. Mass every Friday and on Holy Days of Obligation during the school year. Students in grades 2 - 8 rotate weekly preparing for the Mass. They have the opportunity to be lectors and are responsible for the Bible readings, responsorial psalms, prayers of the faithful, singing, altar serving and offertory processions. In addition, the school choir performs at these Masses.
  • To promote fellowship and nurture a sense of community students are grouped into Faith Families. Each family consists of a few students from each grade. These “families” attend Mass together every week and participate in various group activities during the school year.
  • Preparation for the reception of the Sacraments is part of the curriculum in Second grade. Our Second grade students are given in-depth instruction preparing for the Rite of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, including special evening Masses for parents and students. The 7th & 8th grade students volunteer 20-hours as part of their preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. In eighth grade students are also given in-depth instructions as they prepare to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. A visiting Bishop is the celebrant.
  • During the seasons of Advent and Lent, the students attend a Reconciliation Service.
  • Collectively, the students pray the Angelus or Regina Coeli at Noon.
  • Students in grades TK-8 participate in the annual Christmas Pageant. The pageant is a long-standing, treasured tradition celebrated in the evening during the third week in December.
  • The Seventh Grade students solemnly re-enact the Stations of the Cross to St. Mel School students, families and parishioners during Holy Week, including Good Friday.
  • The students participate in the following special seasonal celebrations: Blessing of the Animals, the Lighting of the Advent wreath, Blessing of the Throats, the Stations of the Cross during Lent, Recitation of the Holy Rosary, and the May Crowning.
  • Our students have many opportunities to be active participants in the celebration of the Mass. One very special way is through altar service. Beginning in the 5th grade, the students are invited to train as altar servers. The training is done under the supervision of a volunteer member of the parish.