SPIRITUAL FORMATION AND FAMILY MASSES

Spiritual Formation
We believe that all education must lead to the development of a mature and personal relationship with Our Lord Jesus Christ. Emphasis is placed on instruction in the classroom, a common prayer life, participation in Mass and the sacraments and community service. The program includes, but is not limited to, the following:
 
  • At the opening of each school day, there is a school-wide prayer and pledge of allegiance.
  • Each religion class begins with a prayer or moment of spiritual reflection.
  • School masses for all students are held monthly. Older students attend Mass weekly.
  • The weekend Family Mass allows student involvement in various church ministries as well as class level participation. Special Masses such as May Crowning and Pennies From Heaven will be held throughout the year.
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is held several times a year.
  • During the school year, various religious programs including Stations of the Cross, presentations, retreats, and special guest speakers from the community may supplement the Religion program.
 
Mass Attendance
Mass attendance is required of all Catholic families. You are welcome to join us at our Family Masses on Saturdays at 5:00 PM.  Mass attendance is a gift that you will give your child for his/her lifetime. Teachers will review the Sunday gospel and sermons every Monday with their students. Your child should be prepared to participate in these discussions.
 
Sacrament Preparation
Students are prepared for the following sacraments in their religion classes throughout the year:
 
  • First Communion: Second Grade
  • First Reconciliation: Second Grade
  • Confirmation: Eighth Grade
 
Family Masses
Every Saturday at 5:00 PM during the school year, our Nativity families are welcome to celebrate in a unique liturgy geared towards our children. The church becomes alive with worship and inspiring music. Parishioners are greeted as they enter the church by our younger children. The student lectors read all of the parts of the mass and the ushers assist with the collection. Each class takes several turns throughout the year to host the mass.
 
Students may take part in various ministries. These include:
 
  • Altar Server - grades 5 through 8
  • Elementary Choir - grades 3-4
  • Nativity Singers - grades 5-8
  • Greeters - grades 2-5
  • Lectors - grades 6-8
  • Ushers - grades 6-8