Catholic Identity


In addition to the weekly school liturgies, our students also have an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent and Lent.

While the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation are celebrated in the parish of the students, the children prepare for these sacraments in school. The Second Graders prepare for First Reconciliation and for First Eucharist and our eighth graders prepare for Confirmation.

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First Eucharist

First Eucharist is celebrated in the spring, outside the Lenten season. Children in second grade are ordinarily eligible to receive First Eucharist. Arrangements for the initiation of other candidates are considered upon individual requests. Parent meetings are held in conjunction with the parish.

First Reconciliation

Catechesis for First Reconciliation is in the fall of the second grade year. First Reconciliation will be celebrated in late fall or early winter. Parent meetings are held in conjunction with the parish.


Confirmation classes are held in eighth grade. Parent and sponsor meetings are held, and at least one interview with a pastoral staff member is held. Service projects and a day of reflection are an integral part of the program. The Archbishop determines the date for Confirmation each year.

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Prayer Services

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In October, our entire school participates in the Living Rosary in our gym. Our Eighth Graders re-enact the Last Supper on Holy Thursday; and our Fifth Graders lead us in the Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. In May, our fourth graders lead us in our May Procession to honor the Blessed Mother.