As a Catholic school we share the responsibility
with parents of instructing our students in the tenets of the Roman
Catholic faith. The Diocese of Rockville Centre has established religion
curriculum guidelines, which serve as an outline for instruction. The
major themes of scripture, prayer/worship, service, and peace and
justice correlate with the texts utilized in grades K-8.
variety of videos and educational television programs are incorporated
to enhance classroom presentations. Each grade has a priest moderator
who assists in planning monthly school liturgies and classroom
instruction. In addition to formal instruction, we strive to create and
develop an awareness of the presence of God and respect for self and
others. Prayers that recognize personal, family, and world needs are
recited daily. Special para-liturgies and prayer services, which are
planned by the Religion curriculum committee, are conducted to celebrate
special feasts and holidays.
the seasons of Lent and Advent, representatives present readings each
morning over the public address system. Symbols of these liturgical
seasons are displayed in the main hall, which serves as a gathering
place for class prayer services. A school-wide retreat morning is held
annually. Teachers organize a variety of activities related to a
selected theme thereby providing extended time for prayer and worship.
The campus minister assists each grade level in planning the monthly
liturgies in conjunction with the parish clergy and the parish music
staff. Class representatives participate as altar servers, ministers of
the Word and gift bearers. The monthly liturgy takes place during a
scheduled parish mass providing the students, as well as members of the
broader parish community, the opportunity to worship together. The
campus minister also teaches liturgical music to each class on a weekly
basis. An important component of the religion program is providing
opportunities for service.
times during the school year, the students are asked to assist those
less fortunate. Children generously respond to appeals during the
Christmas and Lenten seasons. Individual participation in the Holy
Childhood Mission campaign during the Lenten season has resulted in
significant donations. Candidates for Confirmation in grade 7 are
required to perform a minimum of 25 hours of service prior to receiving
the sacrament. Several times each week during recess, many students
assist classroom teachers, and the cafeteria and main office staff.
the responsibility of sharing their faith and beliefs, several grade
levels participate in a Diocesan sponsored Respect Life essay, poetry,
and art contest.
A K-8 Family Life Program
is taught in conjunction with the religion curriculum. The importance
of values, respect for life, building healthy relationships, and
recognizing the gifts of others are the major themes.
Recognizing the significance of modeling, the administration, faculty and staff interact in a collaborative and respectful manner.