Spiritual Life at St. Mary's
In addition to the daily and weekly spiritual practices that our students participate in, there are other less frequent, but equally important activities that round out their spiritual enrichment.
Our 2nd Grade class will prepare and receive Reconciliation and First Eucharist during their school year. Our 2nd Grade teacher cover all elements of these sacraments to ensure our students are fully prepared and knowledgeable. At St. Mary’s Cathedral School, we know Your child’s First Communion is opening day for receiving an inexhaustible source of love and strength in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The consecrated bread and wine, which truly become the sacred body and blood of Jesus is at the heart of our faith. We are united with Jesus and one another by sharing in this Holy Banquet. The Eucharist is the essence of celebration in the Catholic Church.
Eucharistic Adoration (K thru 5th)
Once a month, grades K-5 spend 20 minutes in Eucharistic Adoration, held in the chapel at the church.
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves "the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us".
During Eucharistic Adoration, we "watch and wait", we remain "silent" in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist ... By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us.
In its fullest essence ... Eucharistic Adoration is "God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!"
The Eucharist is: Jesus truly present - Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity!
At the moment of Consecration, during the Mass, the "gifts" of bread and wine are transformed (transubstantiated) into the actual Body and Blood of Christ, at the Altar. This means that they are not only spiritually transformed, but rather are actually (substantially) transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. The elements retain the appearance of bread and wine, but are indeed the actual Body and Blood of Christ. This is what is meant by Real Presence: the actual, physical presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Christ instituted this Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist in order to remain with mankind until the end of time (Jn. 14:18).
Grade level teachers sign up to host the parish Vocations Crucifix for a week and pray for vocations on a daily basis. They use this time to have meaningful discussions in regards to vocations. Then, at the end of the week, the crucifix is shared with another class to enjoy for the upcoming week.
The program enables children to provide spiritual “adoption” and support for the seminarians of the Diocese of Amarillo. The children may write to the men, pray for them and send them messages of encouragement or goodie bags as they continue along their journey to priesthood. Classes are provided with a prayer poster that includes a photo of the seminarians.
All Saints Day (grade K)
Held during school Mass on the Fridayclosest to All Saints Day. The students are assigned a saint to study and then dress up as the saint for Mass. View pictures from our recent All Saints Mass >>
Blessing of the Animals (M thru 5th)
Occurs on or near the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi (October). Students may bring smaller pets in cages to school or parents may bring larger pets to the Blessing in the afternoon. The pastor presides over the Blessing while all classes participate by singing various songs.
Light up for Christ (M thru 5th)
Held on a weeknight in early December, Light up for Christ begins with the lighting of the Cross on the school. The school Christmas program is held on this night, with all grades K-5 participating. Montessori occasionally hosts a separate Christmas program.