All Saints students live their faith through prayer and service to others. Students begin each day together in prayer as a school community. As the church bells ring at noon, we pause school-wide to pray the Angelus, a beautiful prayer of devotion for the Incarnation. Students thank God for their many blessings before lunch and we end each day as we started, together in prayer. In addition to daily religion class, our students attend Mass together as a school community once a week. Parents are always welcome to celebrate Mass with us.
Throughout the year, All Saints fosters many faith traditions that coincide with the church liturgical year. These experiences and faith traditions are designed to help students celebrate, gain a broader understanding, and enter more deeply into a life of faith. Examples, include:
- Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Adoration and Benediction
- Middle School Prayer Service – in the courtyard on the first day of school
- Virtue Program
- All Saints Day – Saints Alive (8th grade), Saints Parade (3rd grade), Saints Puppets (2nd grade)
- Advent Prayer Services – every Monday morning during Advent at 8:15 AM, in all three wings of the school
- Pre-K Christmas Pageant
- Christmas Pageant
- Vocations Week – includes town hall style meetings with priests, deacons and sisters from various orders
- Alleluia Prayer Service – a tradition by which we remind the children that we refrain from saying the word “Alleluia” until we celebrate the great joy of Easter. To symbolize this, several eighth grade students roll the Alleluia Banner into a scroll and placed it in a special box where it will remain through the season of Lent. Upon our return to school following Easter, the students gather once again at which time the reverse takes place: the students lift the cover of the box, unroll the banner, and lift it high as the children sing the “Easter Alleluia” and our pre-kindergartners fill the air with the sounds of noisemakers. Through symbolism and music, our students come to recognize that something very special is happening and that this time of year is distinct for us as a Catholic school community.
- Ash Wednesday – Students receive ashes as a visible reminder of the call to “turn from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.”
- Stations of the Cross – Students participate in this traditional Lenten prayer twice during the season, once in a small group setting and once when the entire school gathers.
- Abstinence from Eating Meat – Our cafeteria staff designs a menu that reflects the practice of abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent.
- Almsgiving – The SCA encourages participating in the Catholic Relief Service’s Rice Bowl Initiative.
- Holy Thursday Prayer Service
- 7th Grade Passion Play – On Holy Thursday, the 7th grade class presents the Passion Play, highlighting the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.
- The Catholic Cup – an academic competition built around knowledge of our faith
- May Crowning – a beautiful ceremony in the courtyard complete with our 2nd grade First Communion and 8th grade Confirmation candidates