Spiritual instruction is the foundation of the St. Joseph School
curriculum and is integrated into every subject area and all facets of
student life. In partnership with parents, St. Joseph School forms
children in their spiritual life through daily religious education, a
strong liturgical program that incorporates daily Mass, a Sacramental
program, and instruction in prayer and virtue.
Religious Instruction: Religious education enables
students to develop a vital, personal relationship with God and to
share the Gospel’s realistic view of the human condition while
affirming hope. Students in preschool through eighth grade receive
instruction in the Catholic faith each day. A religious atmosphere
is fostered throughout the school, through the use of crucifixes,
religious pictures and statues, prayer corners, and religious
Liturgical Program: Students in grades one through
eight attend daily Mass. Students participate in Mass as servers and
readers, as well as through special class Masses. Students who have
made their first confession have the opportunity to receive the
Sacrament of Reconciliation once a month.
Sacramental Program: Students in second grade
receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist for the
first time. The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred upon students
in fifth grade.
Prayer: Communication with God is as essential to
life of the soul as breathing is to the life of the body. Formal
prayers are taught to children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Parents are encouraged to help students learn these prayers as well
as to teach them how to talk to God in their own words, pray the
Rosary, read Scripture and meditate.
Virtue: Formation in the life of virtue is an
essential aspect of Catholic education and formation. Virtue helps
to root out sin and cultivate openness to God and the things of God.