Our Religion Program
The philosophy of Sacred Heart of Jesus School states that “The prominence of a religious atmosphere provides for the development of faith that is living, conscious, and active.” Children’s faith formation is evident in all facets of life at Sacred Heart, but it is most realized through our religious education program.
Students at Sacred Heart attend student-led Mass weekly and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament monthly. They learn common Catholic prayers which are recited at both morning assembly and afternoon dismissal; however, at any time during the school day, visitors are likely to hear classes praying together.
Special opportunities for prayer occur at different times of the liturgical year. In October, we celebrate the month of Mary with a Living Rosary. During Advent, we prepare for Jesus’ birth with a live Nativity and Christmas play. When students return to school in January, Fr. Miles Walsh blesses the school buildings and classrooms. In the solemn season of Lent, students participate in giving to the poor and praying the Stations of the Cross weekly. We close out the Lenten season with the eighth-graders moving reenactment of Jesus’ last days in our Living Way of the Cross. During the month of May, second-graders lead the school in the Crowning of Mary. Throughout the school year, students and faculty are blessed to have the continued presence of the Sisters of St. Joseph on campus.
Other religious programs include eighth grade Fall and Spring retreats, grade level retreats, faculty and staff retreat, reconciliation (second through eighth grades) and opportunities to serve the poor and needy in our local community (St. Vincent de Paul Sacred Heart Food Pantry).
Sacred Heart School uses the Sadlier We Believe series for formal religious instruction.
The grade levels themes are:
- K – God Made the World
- 1 – God Loves Us
- 2 – Jesus Shares God’s Life
- 3 – We are the Church
- 4 – God’s Law Guides Us
- 5 – We Meet Jesus in the Sacraments
- 6 – We are God’s People
- 7 – Creed: A Course on Catholic Belief
- 8 – Morality
In addition to grade level themes, our school adopts a school-wide them each year. Our theme for 2016-2017 is
“In our thoughts, in our words, in our hearts, Jesus lives forever.”
Youth group is offered to junior high students through Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.
Contact Lori Tomecek for more information.