First Holy Communion
The Sacrament of the Eucharist is the most important of all the Sacraments. Without it, we could not achieve true unity with Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, or Communion, is first received by our students towards the end of the second grade, after their First Confession and much preparation. They are subject to lessons from their instructor, as well as multiple visits by the parish priests and his associates. Within the school community, students are able to receive the sacrament during School Masses. For new students who are Catholic and are coming in after the 2nd grade, the same process for the First Reconciliation applies.
Liturgy & Worship
Liturgy is a way for Catholics to worship as a community and to honor Our Lord. It is a rite involving the proclamation of the words of Christ among the community of believers. Throughout the school year, Holy Family Grade School provides several occasions of liturgy/worship. A decade of the rosary is recited every morning, except for school Mass days. Prayer services, led by the Student Council, are held to celebrate the seasons of Advent and Lent. In Advent, the annual Christmas Concert consists of a Nativity re-enactment and singing of traditional Christmas songs. For Lent, we have schoolwide Confessions, Stations of the Cross and a Passion Play.
The Holy Mass is a celebration of the Eucharist, when our community is joined together in thanksgiving. A school Mass is held every Tuesday for the whole student body in the church. Students participate in the Holy Mass as readers, lectors, ushers, altar servers, choir members, and gift bearers. The school community can request the inclusion of special intentions in the Prayers of the Faithful. On special feast days and Holy Days of Obligation, the grade school joins with the high school in the celebration of the Holy Mass.