Spiritual Development

Religious education at St. Andrew School fosters the message of Christ (“Love of God, Self and Others”) through prayer, liturgical experiences, and the teaching of Catholic Church doctrine and traditions.  Christian values and social responsibility are integrated into the school curriculum.  Through the cooperative effort of teachers, staff, and parent volunteers (who serve as outstanding role models), students are encouraged to grow in a Catholic community.  St. Andrew School students, motivated by their established faith, will proudly assume their roles in society.

Though primary responsibility of religious training lies with the parents, St. Andrew School provides 30 to 40 minutes of religious instruction daily.  Students in grade 2 may receive the Sacrament of Penance in December and the Sacrament of the Eucharist in April/May. Students in grade 8 are confirmed by the Bishop each year.  Please consult the school calendar for specific dates.

Part of the religious program for students in Kindergarten and grades 1 to 4 is called the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. It is an approach to God using key principles of the Montessori Method.  The Catechesis is a form of religious formation rather than instruction and is a hands-on experience for the child. Together both student and catechist experience the mystery of God using age-appropriate materials focusing on the themes of scripture and liturgy.