RELIGION & THEOLOGY
We seek to assist parents in forming our students in moral and academic excellence. In developing the talents of every student to the fullest, we seek to evangelize and serve the wider community in the name of the Gospel.
- Daily encounters with Christ
- Sacramental preparation
- Religious education
- Teen Star
- BLAZE Middle School Girl’s Ministry
- Nazareth Youth Group (K-8th)
Daily Prayer: Prayer is an integral part of the school day at St. Mary. Each morning, a student leads the school in prayer over the announcements. The entire school also pauses in the middle of each day to pray the Angelus. Teachers begin the day with their own prayer before the students arrive, and routinely start and end class with prayer. By incorporating moments of communal and individual prayer throughout the day, students learn to regularly offer their work, thoughts and heart to God.
Weekly Friday Mass: St. Mary Catholic School celebrates an All School Mass every Friday at 8:15 a.m. Each class takes a turn preparing the Mass and serving as lectors, altar servers, choir members, ushers and gift bearers. Friday Mass is a joyful time for us to worship together as a school community. The Mass also reminds us of our ultimate mission to build up the Kingdom of God by placing our gifts, studies and endeavors at the service of Christ. Students wear a dress uniform on Fridays to reflect the solemnity of the Mass.
Special Liturgies: In addition to following the liturgical calendar of the Church, St. Mary CatholicSchool celebrates several special liturgies throughout the year. In September, we celebrate the birthday of Mary and her unique role as the Mother of God. We use this feast as an opportunity to celebrate the great gift of life and to remember with gratitude that we are sons and daughters of God the Father. In November, we celebrate All Saints Day. On this feast, we remember that God has called all of us to holiness – to sainthood! We reflect on the lives of the saints and their greatness of heart they each displayed in the (sometimes ordinary) circumstances of their lives. In February, we celebrate the Presentation of Our Lord in the temple in Jerusalem. We think about the generosity with which we should present our own lives to God and the courage to follow the specific path He has marked out for each of us. In a special way, we also remember our grandparents. Finally, in May, we celebrate the crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven. This feast reminds us of our eternal destiny and the abundant life that awaits us in heaven.
Confession: St. Mary Catholic School offers confession to the students every Thursday. One grade (grades 3-8) has the opportunity to go to confession each week. In addition, confession is always available upon request or at the regularly scheduled times for St. Mary Parish.
Adoration: The adoration chapel at St. Mary Catholic Parish is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is often utilized by students. Middle schoolers attend Mass or adoration during theology class each week.
St. Joseph’s Chapel: The chapel is located in the parish office and is helpful in teaching faith to our children. It is used from the 3 year old preschoolers who are starting to learn about our faith to the 8th grade who are learning how to carry their faith on to high school and beyond.
Special Retreats: St. Mary Catholic School offers a variety of spiritual retreats to its students. Sixth-graders visit the Carmelite Monastery in Littleton, seventh-graders visit Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden, and eighth-graders make an overnight spiritual retreat at the Ponderosa Retreat Center.
Sacramental Structure: We follow the Archdiocese of Denver in their Restored Order of the Sacraments. In the Archdiocese of Denver the norm is for children to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in 2nd grade, and Confirmation and First Holy Communion in 3rd grade. Children in 6th grade or higher, who have not received Confirmation, can register for this sacrament under “Confirmation Preparation (Grades 6-12)”.
Diocesan School: St. Mary Catholic School is a school within the Archdiocese of Denver. The Archdiocesan mission and vision of education mirrors our own. “Our schools exist to support parents in forming their children in truth, as faithful and virtuous disciples of Jesus Christ, who are fully alive, to serve the common good and discover true happiness.”