April 23, 2014

A BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

Living Our Faith

All Saints students live their faith through prayer and service to others. Students begin each day together in prayer as a school community. As the church bells ring at noon, we pause school-wide to pray the Angelus, a beautiful prayer of devotion for the Incarnation. Students thank God for their many blessings before lunch and we end each day as we started, together in prayer. In addition to daily religion class, our students attend Mass together on Friday mornings. Parents are always welcome to celebrate Mass with us.

Throughout the year, All Saints also has many faith traditions to coincide with the church liturgical year. They are designed to help students celebrate and gain a broader understanding and enter more deeply into a life of faith. Examples, include:

  • Middle School Prayer Service – in the courtyard on the first day of school
  • Virtue Prayer Services – held on the first Friday of each month, October-June
  • All Saints Day – Saints Cafe (8th grade), Saints Puppets (2nd grade), Saints Parade (3rd grade)
  • Advent Prayer Services – every Monday morning at 8:15am in all three wings of the school during Advent
  • Pre-K Christmas Pageant
  • Christmas Pageant
  • Adoration and Benediction
  • Vocations Week – includes town hall style meetings with priests, deacons and sisters from various orders
  • Alleluia Prayer Service – a tradition by which we remind the children that we will refrain from saying the word “Alleluia” until we celebrate the great joy of Easter. To symbolize this, students from our 8th grade roll the Alleluia Banner into a scroll and placed it in a special box where it will remain through the season of Lent. Upon our return to school following Easter, the students gather once again at which time the reverse takes place: the students lift the cover of the box, unroll the banner, and lift it high as the children sing the “Easter Alleluia” and our pre-kindergartners fill the air with the sounds of noisemakers. Through symbolism and music, our students come to recognize that something very special is happening and that this time of the year is distinct for us as a Catholic school community.
  • Ash Wednesday – Students receive ashes as a visible reminder of the call to “turn from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.”
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Stations of the Cross – Students participate in this traditional Lenten prayer twice during the season, once in a small group setting and once when the entire school gathers.
  • Abstinance from Eating Meat – Our cafeteria staff designs a menu that reflects the practice of abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent.
  • Almsgiving – The SCA sponsors the “Prayer & Pennies” Campaign, an annual fundraiser and outreach program. Students are encouraged to make small sacrifices of their own, perhaps giving up ice cream at lunch, donating part of their allowance, etc.
  • Holy Thursday Prayer Service
  • Handwashing Prayer Service
  • 7th Grade Passion Play – On Holy Thursday, the 7th grade class will present the Passion Play, highlighting the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.
  • The Catholic Cup – an academic competition built around knowledge of our faith
  • May Crowning – a beautiful ceremony in the courtyard complete with our 2nd grade First Communion and 8th grade Confirmation candidates

Service to Others
Students are encouraged toward lives of compassion and service to others. Through our Mother Teresa Outreach and activities including ScholaPeace & Justice Players and Student Council Association, and various community initiatives like the Pre-K Mitten Drive, helping others becomes a way of life for our students at All Saints.

Repeated year after year, these practices become part of the fabric of our students’ lives, providing them a foundation through the years to come. This is the very essence of Catholic education … that through encounters with Christ, the lives of our students are transformed … now and forever.