Mission Statement

St. Mary’s Parish School is a Roman Catholic educational community serving students from preschool through grade 12.

We strive to develop spiritual growth, academic success, character, and integrity in all students.

Guided by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and supported by families, we provide a quality Catholic education where students are challenged to reach their highest potential and are inspired to embrace a life of service to God and neighbor.

Overview

“Let it be known to all who enter here that Jesus Christ is the reason for this school, the unseen but ever-present teacher in all its classes, the model of its faculty, and the inspiration for its students.”

At St. Mary’s, we begin each day with a school-wide prayer to foster an awareness in the students of the presence of God in their daily lives.

As our mission statement says, we strive to be guided always by the Gospel of Jesus. We foster the spiritual growth of our students and help them to develop a desire to serve God and others.

Sacramental Prep

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an opportunity for Catholics to examine their lives, confess their sins, be reconciled with God and the community, and to receive the grace to sin no more.

During the season of Advent, the elementary and middle school students have their Penance Service and during Lent, the high school students have theirs. Priests from area parishes are called upon to assist at these penance services.

 

Confirmation Preparation

As part of the junior theology course, students are prepared for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. At the end of sophomore year, information is distributed to the students from the parish.

Students who are parishioners of St. Mary’s do not need to attend religious education classes since the material is covered during the school day. There are several meetings and events throughout the year.

All students are welcome to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Mary’s- parishioners and non-parishioners alike!

Students who are not parishioners of St. Mary’s are welcome to be confirmed here. Each student would need to obtain prior written permission from his or her pastor. If you plan to be confirmed at your own parish, they may or may not accept our theology class as confirmation preparation. Inquiry should be made to your pastor or Director of Religious Education as soon as possible.

Any student who was not baptized at St. Mary’s will need to submit a baptismal certificate before confirmation.

Theology Classes

St. Mary’s Parish School is built on the teachings of the Catholic church and the legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

We believe that spiritual growth is essential to the well-rounded development of every young adult.

That’s why we include theology classes in our academic curriculum, in addition to a schoolwide celebration of Mass each month and other community activities.

School Masses

As a school, we attend Mass at St. Mary’s Church throughout the year.

If a Holy Day of Obligation falls on a school day, we participate in the Mass that day, if there is no Holy Day of Obligation during the month, we celebrate on the First Friday of the Month. There are also other occasions that we choose to come together to pray as a community. Mass is our highest form of prayer.

Masses are also scheduled throughout the year for different classes and groups. Our middle school students serve as buddies for the preschool students and other younger elementary students. They walk to church together, sit together and help the younger student during the Mass.

Retreat

One of the ways in which we enhance the spiritual lives of our students is through retreats.

The 8th grade retreat is an opportunity for goal setting and self-reflection by students who have reached one of the first important transitions in their young lives. This period of change can be overwhelmingly exciting – and intimidating. We highlight the importance of creating their own path while following God’s guidance. St. Mary’s helps students recognize the abilities and strengths they have developed while identifying and seizing opportunities for further growth.

The freshman and/or sophomore retreat is an opportunity for community-building. It invites the new members of our high school to reflect on the years ahead, with an emphasis on making good choices and the importance of friendship. Students are invited to reflect on the place of God in their lives and committing to him as they begin their high school careers.

The senior retreat comes at the end of high school. It is an opportunity to look back and to look forward. While students are encouraged to seek forgiveness for the past, this retreat is about looking at life as they move beyond St. Mary’s. Each student spends time affirming the gifts of others and identifying the ways in which God has blessed each of them.

Retreats are an important part of our overall spiritual program at St. Mary’s and are attended by all students.

Service Opportunities

So our students may better their communities and their lives, we require that each student must perform at least 30 hours of community service per school year.

When students are called to continue helping their communities, domestically or abroad, we take it upon ourselves to assist them in their goals. By working together, we provide further service opportunities for our students, so they may continue spreading their goodness throughout our societies.