St. Cecilia Catholic School begins every day in prayer as a school community. Classes take turns planning and leading the school prayer service. Students attend religion classes every day except on Friday, depending on grade level.
Every Friday morning students in Kindergarten through eighth grade attend Mass. Homeroom classes (4th-8th) take turns planning the Mass as well as providing altar servers and lectors. At weekly Mass all students are asked to donate non-perishable items such as canned goods, toiletry items, or brown paper bags.
During the months of October and May, the Rosary is recited in honor of the Blessed Mother. During Advent and Lent, students participate in special prayer services such as Benediction and the Stations of the Cross. Advent is concluded with a special birthday party for the Infant Jesus in lieu of class parties. Baby gifts from the students are donated to a local charity.
Once a month the families are invited to attend the All School Family Mass. We take this opportunity to pray together and to give thanks for the many blessings that Our Heavenly Father has bestowed upon St. Cecilia Catholic School. Families will be notified of times and dates. Students are asked to wear their school uniform to this special Mass.
The threefold purpose of Catholic Schools is to foster growth in our faith, build community and to serve others. The sacramental life of the children of the Catholic tradition is an important component of the religion program at St. Cecilia Catholic School.
Preparations for three sacraments, Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation, form the core of instruction in second and eighth grade. In accordance with the diocesan guidelines, candidates for First Eucharist will receive the sacrament of Reconciliation prior to First Eucharist. These Sacraments are only conferred to students in the Roman Catholic tradition; however, all students in second and eighth grade will participate in the class as an academic course. Parents of first grade students are responsible for and prepare the reception following First Eucharist.
Older student who have not received the Sacrament of Baptism, Reconciliation or First Eucharist will have an opportunity to enroll in these sacramental preparation classes in the spring. Students receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a regular basis.
Students interested in becoming altar servers have the opportunity to participate in this training program during their fifth grade year.