Catholic Identity

Our primary purpose at St. John the Baptist Catholic School is to assist the students in their growth as Catholics and to enhance the spiritual growth of the child. St. John's provides plentiful opportunities for developing in Catholicism through school prayer, weekly Mass, community stewardship, and service.

Prayer is the way we cultivate a conscious relationship with God. Everything we do at St. John's begins with prayer. Before students arrive each day, the entire school and Parish staff gather to invite God into our day. Then, each school day begins with a prayer led by students and all class periods begin with prayer. Assemblies, athletic events, and all student activities and clubs begin in prayer.

Every Thursday and on Holy Days, the student and staff attend Mass at 9:35AM. Each class at St. John's School plans at least one Mass per year, including kindergartners. Students read Scriptures, bring up the gifts, and offer the petitions during the Mass. They serve as cantors, altar servers, musicians, and greeters at the front door of the Church. Through planning and celebrating the Liturgy, the students grow to appreciate their faith and experience the joy of being a Catholic. Parents are encouraged to participate in school liturgies, to unite with their child(ren) in the Eucharistic celebration, and to be an active part of building a Faith Community.
 
Some examples of ways in which our students are taught to serve are: 
 
  • Special liturgies on Feast Days and the Living Rosary
  • Penance prayer services during Advent and Lent
  • Catholic Schools Week Mass
  • Recitation of the Rosary
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Respect Life prayer service at the Cathedral
  • Daily Religion Classes
  • Sacramental preparation for Reconciliation and First Communion done in cooperation with the parish Faith Formation Program
  • Collections for local food shelves
  • Toys for inner city Parish/School
  • Participating in "Jump Rope for Heart" program
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Thanksgiving Baskets
  • Praying for the community
  • And more!
We are blessed with a pastor and a Parochial Vicar who are committed to having a visible and active presence in the school. Often times one of our dedicated priests is visible throughout the school day, whether it is at bus arrival or departure time, having lunch with the students in the cafeteria, and walking through the halls to say hello.
 
Even though we teach the Catholic faith as a distinctly Catholic school, all faiths are invited and warmly welcomed!