Curriculum: Christ Our Life Series (Loyola Press)
This curriculum encourages prayer and guides children to a deeper personal relationship with Christ. It teaches them how to live out their faith in their daily lives in communion with the Church. Based on a spiral curriculum, it integrates Scripture, Catholic Tradition and doctrine, and the Church's social teachings into each lesson.
Faith in Action:
*Each grade is assigned a month to decorate for Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church's "Young at Hearts" Luncheon. This club is for senior citizens to enjoy fellowship, fun, and food. They meet once a month at the school.
*There is an annual talent show that all elementary students are encouraged to participate in. Price of admission is a canned food item for the local Center of Concern. The Center of Concern is an interfaith non-profit that helps the most needy in our community.
*The 2nd grade has an annual coat drive for the Center of Concern.
*4th grade makes hygiene kits annually for the Center of Concern.
*2nd grade does an annual project on a Catholic saint and then dresses up as that school for the school-wide Mass on All Saints Day.
Curriculum: The Didache Series (Ignatius Press)
Introduction to Catholicism: This course provides an overview of the teachings of the Church--established by Jesus Christ himself as a means of our salvation. Examining the Creed, the Church, the Sacraments, the Commandments, and the lives of the saints, its presents the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church in a clear, straightforward manner.
Understanding the Scriptures: This course presents a Catholic approach to Scripture, highlighting the theme of covenant. Following the path through salvation history, the course explains the various books of the Bible and the importance of each event in salvation history.
Our Moral Life in Christ: This course presents the more intricate theological ideas of the Catholic Faith as it pertains to ethics. With particular emphasis on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Veritatis Splendor, an encyclical by Saint Pope John Paul II. This course provides the formation necessary to live a moral life.
History of the Church: This course begins with the story of God's final intercession into human history in the Person of His Son and continues through his Church to the present day. In his plan of salvation, God sent the Holy Spirit to act through members of the Church to continue this saving path to the whole world. Students will study the lives of the saints and how they--by cooperating with God's grace in response to their divine vocations--helped to shape the life of the Church as well as Christian society and culture.
School-Wide Religious Activities
*Chapel Mass is held on Mondays and Thursdays. Each grade takes a turn participating in Chapel Mass.
*School-wide Mass is held on Wednesdays. Again, each grade takes a turn serving in Mass.
*School-wide Mass is held on Holy Days of Obligation.
*Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held on the last Monday of each month. All grades are able to participate.
*All grades pray the Stations of the Cross during religion class each week of Lent.
*The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available to the faculty and students during Advent and Lent.