Our Catholic Heritage

Spiritual Program

The fostering of Christian values in our children is the first priority at St. Michael the Archangel Regional School.  The program is designed to provide a deepening discovery of God as the child progresses.  Through daily prayer, religion classes, special Liturgies, para-liturgical services, and occasions of Penance, the child has the opportunity to grow in the knowledge and love of God.

Our religious education program is required for all students, whether Catholic or Non-Catholic.  Each child must attend liturgical celebrations with attention and respect.  We further encourage the practice of these Christian virtues:

          Honesty                       Sincerity                      Humility                      Acceptance

          Integrity                       Obedience                   Courtesy                     Respect

          Thoughtfulness

 The Sacraments

Parents are the foremost educators of their children, and they are expected to share in their child’s religious education.  A more intense participation of parents is needed for the preparation of the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Confirmation.  Informative meetings are provided to help parents share more fully in the preparation of the child for the Sacraments.  Instruction for Reconciliation and the First Holy Eucharist takes place in Grade 2.  The parent meetings and reception of the sacraments takes place in the parish the children belong to.

Confirmation instruction begins in Grades 7 and 8.  All students who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation are required to do 20 hours of meaningful service.  They are also required to attend a Retreat on a date that will be determined.  All sponsors must have an eligibility letter from their parish stating that they are a Catholic in good standing.  A nominal fee for Confirmation robes may be required.  Parent meetings and the Sacrament of Confirmation take place in the student's home parish.

 Liturgies

Monthly school Liturgies take place on a designated day each month and on special occasions such as Ash Wednesday and other Holy Days.  Advent and Lenten Penance Services are held for Grades 3 through 8.  Special assemblies and worship experiences are provided as well.