Spiritual Formation

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Sister Merrita instructs middle school students

Our Commitment to Faith, Values, and Excellence:

  • Whole-school morning and afternoon prayer & daily gospel reflection

  •  Lunchtime and snack prayer before meals

  • Weekly student-led, all-school mass

  • Advent and Lenten Prayer Services

  • Weekly Stations of the Cross during Lent

  • Living Stations of the Cross presented by Middle School

  • Blessing of the Pets

  • Visit from St. Nicholas

  • Classroom Advent Wreath

  • May Crowing of Mary

  • Sacramental preparation in 2nd grade

  • Daily religion classes and grade-level religious retreats

  • Altar Server training

Do unto Others….

  • Monthly Mission days allow students to help in the community

  • Each family completes 40 stewardship hours each school year

  • Teachers & parents model Christ’s service to others

  • Parents may volunteer for projects, listen to children read, go through math flash cards, chaperone field trips, help with fundraising, assist with mission days, and support the students and teachers.

 

Opening Day Prayer

Dear Lord and Father of all,
Thank you for today.
Thank you for ways in which you provide for us all.
For Your protection and love we thank you.
Help us to focus our hearts and minds now on what we are about to learn.
Inspire us by Your Holy Spirit as we listen and work.
Guide us by your eternal light as we discover more about the world around us.
We ask all this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

Traditional Prayer for After Lunch

We give you thanks for all your gifts, Almighty God,
Who lives and reigns, forever and ever, Amen.
And may the souls of the faithful departed,
Through the mercy of God, Rest in Peace, Amen.

 

Closing Day Prayer

Dear Lord, When two or more come together in Your name You are with us.
Thank you, Lord, that you have been with us throughout this day
And that you are with us right now

Inspire us as we leave this place to love and serve You always
 In the name of Jesus, Amen

Mission Days

Mission Days are opportunities for students to provide goods and services for others in our surrounding community.  Each grade level typically has one mission day per year.  On these mission days, all students bring in cans of food or financial support.  In addition, students provide services such as working at the Food Pantry or visiting shut-ins at the nursing home.

2016-2017 Mission Days

Sept. 15th  – Foundation for Prader-Willi Research–PreK

Oct. 24th – Sheltering Wings – Popcorn and Juice – 1st Grade

Nov. 18th – Thanksgiving Baskets for Holy Trinity – 4th Grade

Dec. 16th – Reindeer Packages for Holy Trinity – 2nd Grade

Jan. 30th – Feb. 3rd – Souper Bowl Food Collection for St. Marks (CSW) with Jersey Day – Monday Feb. 6th – Kindergarten

Feb. 24th – Kendra Spring Foundation – bring $1 and wear a hat – 3rd Grade

Mar. 21st  – Down Syndrome Awareness Day – 5th Grade

April 28th – St. Mark’s Drive – MS

May 16/17th– BOGO Book Fair for PTO

* Joseph Maley Day of Service     The middle school participates in the Joseph Maley Day of Service each year. They learn about various non-profit organizations and then travel to serve in different ways at the site they are assigned. Students also learn about the particular needs and mission of their organization and how they can help to get involved in volunteering. The remainder of the afternoon is spent reflecting and discussing their experiences with the service in which they were engaged. All students are given this opportunity to learn more about their individual gifts and interests and how they can use those to continue a lifetime of service.

 

Middle School Lenten Project

Parents and students host one of the Friday Soup Suppers and Stations of the Cross during Lent each year.  The 8th Grade students present the Stations of the Cross.  Parents in the middle school provide soups, breads, and desserts for the meal provided to parish families.