Faith & Worship
Parents are always welcome to worship with the students. All School Liturgies are scheduled on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.
Kindergarten students participate in prayer services and some special Liturgies. Liturgical music practice and prayer times are also scheduled for Grades 1 – 8. Reconciliation is offered to the students each month after the class Mass.
Parents are strongly encouraged to observe weekend worship by attending Eucharist (Mass) or church services regularly. This practice reinforces what our children are taught at St. Joan of Arc School and has a significant role in the faith formation of all St. Joan of Arc students.
Parents/guardians are involved in the sacramental preparation of their children. Parent/guardian classes are held before the Sacraments are received. Attendance by at least one parent/guardian is mandatory unless parents/guardians have taken the class within the previous two years.
First Communion: Grade 2
Reconciliation: Grade 2
Confirmation: Grade 8
All classes will incorporate some service experience into the religious education program.
The 7th and 8th grade students are required to complete a minimum of fourteen service activities during their two-year preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. These should include one activity which would relate to each of the fourteen Corporal and Spiritual Acts of Mercy. Service should include the areas of family, community, and church/school and the students are encouraged to try new types of activities in order to broaden their volunteer experience as they grow and mature. The service should be unpaid and something that is above and beyond their ongoing home or school responsibilities. Pairing each service with a particular Act of Mercy will give the students the opportunity to reflect upon the many different needs of others which exist in the world today as well as the positive effects of their service.
Family “All In” Volunteer Program
Community is at the heart of Catholic Education not simply as a concept to be taught, but as a reality to be lived. The experience of community leads naturally to service. God gives people different gifts, not only for themselves, but to share with others.
At St. Joan of Arc Catholic School, we have truly been blessed with supportive families! Parents’ active, positive participation in the life of the school and the ideas, energy, and expertise this involvement brings, sends a strong message to our children about a parent’s commitment to them, their education, and the community which we are all called to serve.
The simple goal of SJA “All In” is to equitably distribute volunteer hours across ALL of our school families. From June 1, 2018–May 31, 2019, we are encouraging a minimum commitment of 15 volunteer hours per family. Each of you is a vital resource, and your children are the beneficiaries. We are truly grateful for your willingness to share your time and talent with the students of the St. Joan of Arc Catholic School community.