St. Mary’s is a place where the joy of the gospel can be witnessed and shared! Our liturgies are full of joy; the Eucharist is the source of our joy and our service to others. All students have the opportunity to be involved in a liturgical role at a school mass. Seventh and eighth grade students share their faith as a mass buddy with younger students. Fifth grade students share their faith by leading the school in the Stations of the Cross during Lent. In May, eighth grade students lead the school in a May Crowning prayer service focused on the discipleship of Mary. Eighth grade students then travel to assisted living facilities to sing to resident and present them with flowers.
We want to be Catholic Christians who share the joy of our salvation and God’s mercy and forgiveness with others. This is the “New Evangelization,” joyfully sharing who Jesus is through prayer, acts of service, love for each other, celebration of the sacraments, and sharing Christ’s joy in our relationships. A prime example of this is the celebration of the saints in November. Dressed as saints, second and seventh grade students give saint presentations whose virtues they wish to cultivate in themselves. Sixth grade students make saint puppets and storybooks, sharing them with their second grade reading buddies. Sharing one’s faith through what we learn is a blessing to all involved.
We are called to share our faith beyond the walls of the school into our neighborhoods, sports teams, clubs, and friendships. Junior high students share their faith through Gospel life story movies and podcasts. Multi-age Spirit Groups work to instill the importance of faith sharing through projects such as Caring Cards, Christmas caroling, and peace doves. St. Mary’s students learn how to joyfully share their faith with each other, their families, and the world.