Students participate in daily prayer at St. Joseph Catholic School. We begin our day with a school wide assembly during which we pray together as a student body. Students also pray regularly at other times during their day in their classrooms. As well, all grade levels participate in daily religion classes. During the months of October and May we pray a decade of the rosary daily at morning assembly.
Families are invited to attend liturgical services. The student body attends Mass weekly and on Holy Days of Obligation during the school year. These student masses are led by a students each week. At these masses, the students are the lectors, gift bearers, and altar servers.
During Lent, Stations of the Cross are scheduled weekly. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available periodically throughout the year. The student body honors Mary in a special way at assembly during October and May.
The following sacramental preparation is part of the religion curriculum for the grade levels in which they are celebrated:
•First Reconciliation – 2nd grade
•First Eucharist – 3rd grade
•Confirmation – 8th grade
•Parents of individual students who haven’t had the opportunity to receive these sacraments but wish to do so can ask the classroom teacher or parish office for more information.
Mass on Fridays is always followed by Adoration. Parents/Families are welcome to join us. All students remain for the beginning of Adoration, and grades 3-8 also remain/return to participate in an additional part of Adoration each Friday.
Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves "the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us".
In its fullest essence Eucharistic Adoration is "God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!"
Jesus waits for us in the Blessed Sacrament. He waits for our little Acts of faith, adoration, love, thanksgiving, repentance, reparation and charity that we can offer Him as we contemplate His Divine Majesty in the Blessed Sacrament.
Let us love being with the Lord! There we can speak with Him about everything. We can offer Him our petitions, our concerns, our troubles, our joys, our gratitude, our disappointments, our needs and our aspirations. Above all we can remember to pray. We grow spiritually with each moment we spend with Jesus! Through our Adoration, Jesus calls us to a personal relationship. For without Him, we can do nothing.
Eucharistic Adoration is an affirmation of our faith.