Faith


“Christ has no body now on earth but yours;
no hands but yours;
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world.
Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people.”
– Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

At Saint Teresa of Avila School, our students receive a traditional Catholic education.  Beginning in Pre-Kindergarten, students learn about our faith through actions, classes, and prayers.  Beginning in second grade, students start to receive their next three sacraments.  Through their school and their home experiences, they practice living out our faith.

At Saint Teresa of Avila School, we build our Catholic faith into every day.  The parents at home, the faculty at school, and the fellow students model Christ’s actions and learn the words of our patroness, Saint Teresa of Avila.

Some of the ways this is carried out are:

Prayer – A child first learns prayers at home.  While at school, prayers are part of the beginning and close of the class day.  Prior to cafeteria time, the students say a prayer before meals.  In addition, sometimes prayers might be requested by a student for a family member.

Mass – Students begin to attend weekly Mass while in Pre-Kindergarten.  The youngest students are assigned an upperclassman as a “buddy”.  The big and little buddies sit together, so the big buddy can help the small students understand the Mass and follow along with the readings and songs.  Beginning in Kindergarten, each grade takes responsibility for leading the weekly school Mass by serving as lectors, cantors, and altar servers, while members of the Cherub Choir or the Joyful Noise Choir lead the parish family in singing.

Religion class – Daily religion classes are taught.  From Pre-Kindergarten to eighth grade, children learn that they are God’s children made in His image and likeness.  They study creation, Jesus, and the world He has made around us.  Students learn about the Sacraments and Mass that make up our Catholic Church.  Later students go into detail on the Old and New Testament, Church history, and Morality.

Activities –  December brings the second grade presentation of the Nativity story.  In the spring, the second grade and eighth grade participate in the May Crowning.  During Lent, the sixth grade presents the living stations in the Lenten Tableau.  Students also participate in traditional devotions – the communal rosary, Stations of the Cross, and the relatively new Stations of Light. 

Second grade is a very busy year, as students prepare for First Reconciliation and First Communion.  More time in Religion class is spent focusing on Mass and the Sacraments.  First Reconciliation is in early spring with First Communion following in mid-May. 

Every spring, the second graders and eighth graders participate in the May Crowning.

Eighth grade prepares for their confirmation by learning more about their faith and what it means to be a disciple.

Students above second grade attend Reconciliation during the school year.

 

The curriculum provides opportunities for student participation in service projects to the greater community and to the parish family.  The activities teach the students to work as a team to help others and to value and share their personal assets.  

The school’s Spiritual Enrichment Service Team puts faith in action by providing students many hands-on opportunities to make a difference in someone’s life or situation. Whether helping feed the hungry or clothing the naked to sending some TLC to new moms and their babies or supporting the troops – no better is the reward than to hear a student say how good it felt to help someone. By bringing awareness and action to issues facing those less fortunate or experiencing hardships, students make connections and understand that what they do as individuals, a student body, and a school family can enrich the mind, body, soul, and spirit of those we touch and of ourselves.

To view the variety of projects which students throughout their tenure at Saint Teresa of Avila school experience, check out the Spiritual Enrichment Service Team’s activities.

We believe in teaching children to give to others generously and as second nature.