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Religion & Service Programs

Religious Programs

At Sts. Joseph and John School, religious education is our foundation.  Religion is integrated into the daily curriculum and school programs.  The students and staff, for example, begin each day by listening to Bible readings and by praying for special intentions during our morning television broadcasts.  Our religious instruction includes:

Prayer Integrated into school day
Daily Religion classes
School Masses
Prayer Services
Reconciliation
Sacramental Preparation
Service Activities
Witness Program –
 Recognizing students for exhibiting Christian values
Clergy involvement from both Parishes

Masses

Sts. Joseph and John School is centered around the Holy Eucharist.  The school community celebrates the Eucharist at Mass every other week and participates in regular Prayer Services and para-liturgical experiences. Students are encouraged to wear their "Witness" program shirts at all school Masses and prayer services.

Sacraments

Although the sacraments are scheduled and received at a student’s parish,  all second and eighth grade students receive Sacramental preparation during the school day.  The Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are received in grade 2.  Our religious curriculum provides for deep and careful preparation for those Sacraments. 

At SJJ, students in grades 3-8 are also given the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent along with one other planned time during the school year. 

The Sacrament of Confirmation is received in 8th grade.  Students are prepared for this Sacrament through our 8th grade religion classes and parish activities.

Service Programs

As part of our mission to develop young girls and boys of character, our students participate in service projects to help our local, national, and worldwide communities.  Each grade conducts at least one service project per year in addition to our many school-wide service activities.  Students also have the opportunity to learn to serve others, like Christ did, through many of our extracurricular clubs, for example: Student Council, Builder’s Club and Student Ministry.  Our students engage in many exceptional service activities throughout the school year, including:

Collecting for Harvest for Hunger
Collecting hats, mittens, and coats for the poor
Collecting baby items for Westside Catholic Center
Visiting residents of retirement homes
Assembling Military Care Packages
Collecting toiletries for the sick
Writing letters to shut-ins
Food drives for soup kitchens
Care packages for the bereaved

Sts. Joseph & John students have been consistently recognized for their outstanding service with many awards and letters of recognition, including:

American Red Cross Awards
Catholic Charities Awards
Harvest for Hunger Awards