Religious education is part of the course of studies for all students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Guidelines, our religious education program presents four main areas of the Catholic faith: Scripture/Christian Life, Sacraments/Worship, Morality/Social Justice, and Christian Faith/Practice. Students learn about the Sacred Scripture, the Eucharist, liturgical seasons and feasts, Catholic traditions as well as religious terms appropriate to each grade level.
Prayer and Worship
Prayer and worship are integral to the life of the Catholic school. Students are expected to learn traditional Catholic prayers that are included in their religion textbooks. The entire school community attends student body Masses at least once a month. There are also special paraliturgical prayer services such as the Living Rosary during October, the Way of the Cross during Lent, and the End of the Year Prayer Service in June. During Advent and Lent, students in grades three to eight participate in a communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Every day, morning prayer is included in the opening assembly, and teachers include prayer in their classrooms before lunch and before dismissal. The school encourages all families to attend Mass on Sundays and to foster the practice of family prayer before meals and before children go to bed.
Because Jesus taught us to love God and to love our neighbor, service to others is an essential element of the school’s religious education program. Teachers at each grade level select age-appropriate service activities for their class and determine the number of hours of service for their students. In addition, there are school-wide Christian service activities such as the Thanksgiving food drive and the “Koins for Kids” collection for the Vision of Hope scholarship program.
The curriculum for second grade includes preparation to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. The school requires parents and guardians of children who will receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion to attend special meetings to learn how they can help their children to prepare for these sacraments.