Traditionally, parents have looked to Catholic Schools to assist them in the Christian education of their children. Therefore, formal instruction in both Religion and Family Life are essential to our students’ educational experiences at St. Ann School, and their religious formation occurs in all aspects of school life, from the beginning of their day here until the end.
Our Catholic students also prepare to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist in 2nd Grade, and Confirmation in 8th Grade as a part of their religious education.
Weekly Mass takes place every Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the Church. Each week, a different grade leads the rest of the school in the Liturgy, acting as lectors, gift bearers, commentators, and ushers. Even our youngest students will work up to participation, assisted by their older schoolmates. Families and friends are always welcome to join us.
Monthly School Family Masses
Although we hope to see all of our students and their families at weekend Masses every week, we ask our entire student body to plan to attend a 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass together once per month so that we may participate fully with the St. Ann parishioners who continue to generously support us year after year. Each monthly School Family Mass is “staffed” by a different grade. The students wear their school uniforms and act as readers, gift bearers, altar servers, and ushers. The schedule for the 2018-19 school year is as follows:
September 9, 2018: 8th Grade
October 21, 2018: 7th Grade
November 11, 2018: 6th Grade
December 16, 2018: 5th Grade
January 27, 2019: All School (Catholic Schools Week)
February 10, 2019: 4th Grade
March 10, 2019: 3rd Grade
April 7, 2019: 2nd Grade
The last Wednesday of every month, our students attend adoration in the Chapel, where they have the opportunity to spend some prayerful time in the presence of the Eucharist.
Catholic Schools Week
Every January, St. Ann participates in the Annual Catholic Schools Week, which celebrates the importance of Catholic education in the United States. Weeklong fun and service-oriented activities help the St. Ann community focus on the value of Catholic education provides =and its contributions to our church, our communities, and our nation as a whole. We kick off the week with an All School Family Mass on Sunday, host Open Houses and a book fair, participate in a service project, invite in guest speakers, enjoy some treats, and have fun with daily themes. Catholic Schools Week is wonderful reminder to the St. Ann School community of the powerful and positive impact our families have every day.
Observances & Reconciliation
When Holy Days of Obligation occur during a school week, attendance at a Holy Day Mass will take the place of the regular Wednesday school Mass. Holy Days for the 2018-19 school year are as follows:
November 1: All Saints’ Day
December 6: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
May 30: The Ascension of Jesus
St. Ann Parish has an annual bilingual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration in December, in which our 8th Graders play a part. Our Kindergarteners participate in the 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve “Shepherds & Angels” Mass.
During the Advent and Lenten Seasons, students in Grades 3-8 attend Reconciliation Services, and they receive ashes on Ash Wednesday. On Fridays during Lent, the entire school takes part in the Stations of the Cross.