August 15, 2014

A BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

Faith Formation

Students making their First Communion pictured at May Crowning.Faith formation is a part of our everyday life at All Saints. From student-led prayer to begin and end each day and lunch-time prayer, to daily religion classes and weekly school mass, our Catholic faith is woven into everything we do at All Saints.

School Traditions Celebrate Our Faith
Liturgical seasons are marked by special All Saints traditions.  On Monday mornings during Advent, the students gather in each wing of the school for three concurrent Advent Prayer Services in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth. The Pre-K Christmas Pageant is a highlight of our Christmas celebration. Our school-wide Alleluia Prayer Service marks the beginning and end of Lent. The celebration of our feast day, All Saints Day, features a lively 3rd grade Saints Parade and a Saints Cafe presented by our 8th grade students who dress as Saints and visit the classrooms of younger students to tell the story of each saint’s life and ministry.

Vocation Spiritual Olympics
Last year, All Saints hosted a Vocation Spiritual Olympics. During this special week, we began each day with the reading of a Vocations prayer. Teachers from all grade levels incorporated a vocation lesson into their daily teaching. Several classes made special visits to church to reflect and pray for vocations, and students from all grade levels read Bible stories related to Vocations, including our elementary age students who read and discussed The Calling of the Apostles and The Calming of the Storm. The Vocation Spiritual Olympics gave our students a wonderful opportunity to learn about the lives of many saints, including St. Francis Xavier Cabrini and Blessed Charles de Foucauld.

In addition to praying the Walking Rosary during physical education classes, nearly 200 students offered up their recess one afternoon to pray a Walking Rosary or listen to a presentation provided by Mrs. Bill on the Life & Times of St. Anthony of Padua. Meditation stations were setup around the school allowing students to quietly read a short story highlighting the life of a faith-filled person who had followed God’s calling. Students in Pre-K through 8th grade got into the Olympic spirit, earning over 8,000 points in All Saints’ first-ever Vocation Spiritual Olympics.  

The Catholic Cup
In the spring of 2012, we introduced “The Catholic Cup,” an academic competition built around knowledge of our faith.  Identified as a strategy in support of faith formation in our strategic five year plan, the event provided an opportunity to showcase the depth of knowledge that our students have acquired in their faith during their years at All Saints.  This well received event  will become another exciting tradition for our school.

Congratulations to Chiera Ingignoli on winning First Place in the event and to Stan Dobis  on winning Runner-up.  The excitement in the Parish Activities Center rose to a fever pitch as they answered question after question during the final round competition!

Read out about All Saints long-standing Virtues Program