Faith is essential to our lives at St. John, It is the very foundation of our belief and is lived throughout our school each day. Faith is important because it affects the decisions we make, the way we interact with others, and it enables us to grow spiritually with each other and God. Below are just a few examples of ways we celebrate our faith at SJCS.
In 2005, we started Faith Families based on the fond childhood memories shared by our staff. We knew it was a great program as we watched our older students become leaders and role models to their younger buddies. Faith Families stay the same every year, so the children develop long-term bonds. Learning and sharing in faith provides a real spiritual connection to be made among students, across grade levels.
Catholic Schools Week
This is a special time of year when we put studies on hold to practice lessons in teamwork and community. We have theme dress days, such as Crazy Hair Day, Decades Day, and Pajama Day. There is also a friendly door decorating contest, school-wide bingo, and an afterschool gathering at the roller rink. The week culminates with Olympics Day in our gymnasium, where there are games, dancing to the latest jams, and nonstop cheering.
We honor the Presentation Sisters and their foundress, Nano Nagle. Nano Nagle is usually depicted holding a lantern and showing the light to the children she taught two hundred years ago in Ireland. She had to teach in secret because it was against the law to teach Catholicism in Ireland at that time. We celebrate the spirit of Catholic education that is rooted in our founder.
Blessing of the Animals
Every October students gather with their pets to celebrate St. Francis of the Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Students bring their beloved pets to school to get blessed and sprinkled with holy water. Blessing of The Animals always brings a wide range of pets from dogs, cats, bunnies, birds to turtles and crabs.