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 bulletin boards.
- 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.