The faith formation program at St. John's is comprehensive, woven through every aspect of a children's time with us. Opportunities for prayer and worship are frequent. Each day begins with morning assembly where the daily Gospel is read, prayer intentions are offered, and school announcements are made. A special, school family focused Parish Mass is celebrated on the 1st Sunday of every month at 10am in our church. Each Wednesday, we celebrate Mass with all grades. We are one of the few Diocesan schools that celebrates a weekly school Mass and our students all have opportunity to participate as active leaders. Students cantor, altar serve, participate in our orchestra, lector, or read prayer intentions. Parents and relatives are always welcome to join us for morning assembly and Mass.
Each student also takes Religion as a subject and we provide multiple opportunities throughout the year to put faith into action. Some examples include our living stations of the cross to recognize Holy Week, our table of remembrance to recognize All Soul's Day, our May crowning to recognize the the month of Mary. We also enjoy regular "Faith Family" experiences that allow children from different grade levels to grow in community and knowledge. Sacramental preparations is a critical part of our student's experience. For families who desire it, 1st Communion and 1st Reconciliation is offered during 2nd grade. Students in 7th grade have the opportunity to receive Confirmation.
Faith formation is also evidence in our interactions with each other at St. John's. Students are taught the foundational tenants of Christianity through their play and interactions with classmates. This philosophy has enforced a safe, positive social environment where bullying is rare.
While we are a Catholic school, not all families are Catholic. We warmly welcome all those committed to faith formation in the spirit of Jesus Christ.