“Transmitting knowledge about the faith, though essential, is not sufficient. If students…are to gain a genuine experience of the Church, the example of teachers and others responsible for their formation is crucial: the witness of adults in the school community is a vital part of the school’s identity.” – St. John Paul II
We are Catholic in all that we do on campus. From the moment students arrive at St. John Paul II, they are immersed in an environment that puts Christ first. Our academic week is centered around our Wednesday masses and filled with frequent opportunities for sacraments, adoration, and interaction with clergy from surrounding parishes.
Our teachers fully buy into the Catholic religious elements of the campus and curriculum. Uniquely, each faculty member recognizes himself as not only an instructor but also as a minister of faith.
Classroom Prayer: Each class period begins with prayer, utilizing both traditional prayers and original prayers composed by teachers and students.
School Weekly Masses: The whole school gathers each Wednesday at 10:15 AM for the celebration of the liturgy. Music is led by students.
Graduation Mass: The graduation ceremony is a dignified, traditional ceremony which includes faculty dressed in full academic regalia including mortar board and gown, the celebration of the Mass, and a beautiful commencement ceremony. Musical talents of our seniors is often a great highlight!
Morning Offering to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
“O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of our Bishop, and in particular for the intentions of our Holy Father for this month.”
Ministers of Hospitality: Students greet visitors at the door and provides assistance at liturgical celebrations.
Cantors: Cantors are from the choir who are trained to lead the assembly in song at liturgical celebrations.
Instrumentalists: We encourage our students to share their musical talents during our liturgical celebrations.
Intercessions & Gift Bearer: Students lead the General Intercessions and bring up the Gifts at Mass.
Lectors: Students receive training to become Ministers of The Word for Eucharistic liturgies and prayer services.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Students are trained as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to assist the priest at Mass.