Prayer services celebrate special times and seasons throughout the school year -Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter and the end of the school year. Special times of communal celebrations are included to commemorate such events as the anniversary of 9/11, SHCJ Founder’s Day, Cornelia Connelly’s birthday and anniversary of her death.
In addition, there are daily opportunities for students to pray both in and outside of class. Every day begins with prayer.
Elementary School prayer experiences include:
- Prayer families (small groups of students K to 6) that gather to share prayers and reflection. Administration, faculty and staff are part of each group, which is led by a sixth grade student.
- The reading of and reflection on the Sunday gospel at weekly assembly.
- Stations of the Cross
- Scripture reading during religion classes.
- May crowning and other devotions to Mary.
Middle School and High School prayer experiences include:
- Student-led prayer begins General Homeroom held twice per cycle in the Upper School.
- Special prayers are planned for such events as World Food Day, World Peace Day, Veterans Day, Respect Life Sunday, the Epiphany, and Holy Child feasts.
- Morning Prayer is celebrated in Grace Hall Chapel every Friday during Lent.
- Stations of the Cross during Lent
- Student-planned prayers are led by seventh graders at each General Homeroom during Lent.
- Student-planned Marian Prayers are led by eighth graders at each General Homeroom in May.