The Seven Sacraments are visible signs instituted by Christ to give the gifts of grace to each of the faithful in a particular way. They are extensions of Christ’s visible ministry (encounters with the Lord) continued in the Church, and each grants us a greater share in the supernatural life of God in special ways. The sacramental life of the students of the Catholic tradition is an important component of the religion program of Saint Joseph School. Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation form the core of our efforts.
Our students are privileged to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass two times each week – once with their classmates and again on Fridays with the entire school. Students take on leadership roles in the Mass as altar servers, readers, cantors, and gift bearers. Students attend Mass using the following schedule:
Monday: No Mass
Tuesday: 2nd, 3rd, and 4th
Wednesday: PreK<, Kindergarten, and 1st grade
Thursday: 5th & 6th Grades
Friday: 7th and 8th Grades
Our school is blessed to have wonderful priests who provide the opportunity for Reconciliation for each grade level at certain times of the year. Click below to learn how to approach the sacrament of reconciliation.
During the spring, Catholic students in the second grade will receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Students begin preparation for these Sacraments as soon as they enter second grade. In accordance with diocesan guidelines, candidates for First Eucharist will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to First Eucharist.
Parents are required to be active partners in the preparation of their children for these Sacraments. Parents may choose to have their child receive Reconciliation or Eucharist in their own parish. The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are celebrated with children baptized in the Roman Catholic tradition.
Baptized Catholic students in 6th grade will prepare to receive the sacrament of Confirmation in the Spring. Religion class will provide an overview of the sacrament as a gift that completes and strengthens Baptismal grace, and also provides the opportunity to draft a letter to the Bishop asking to receive this gift. In addition, parishes may provide retreats and other workshops to prepare students for this sacrament. We will provide more information as the diocese plans and releases information about the bishop’s schedule for the upcoming year.