Religious Formation



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As a Catholic school, John Ireland offers the greatest opportunity to teach the message of Jesus Christ, to foster a community of believers who grow in the Catholic faith, and to provide for Christian Service.

John Ireland School (JIS) provides an education for our students that is whole, not only helping our students to grow academically, physically, socially, and emotionally, but also the moral, value, and religious formation. JIS strives to keep in mind that each of us is body and soul, spirit, and heart; that each of us is called to live as Christians, as followers of Jesus in our daily lives. We strive to integrate what Jesus taught into every subject and activity. We also strive to pay attention to our heritage. Each teacher in every classroom is part of passing on of the Catholic faith that makes our school distinctive.

The religious curriculum and activities receive high priority at JIS and are taught in grades K-6. Curriculum guidance materials and other resources are utilized to ensure that students have a basic understanding of the Scripture and Church Tradition. Current social issues are studied and discussed in the light of Gospel and Church teachings.

The importance of the sacraments, as central to Catholic faith, is emphasized through instruction and in opportunities for participation at all grade levels. Students in grade two receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist for the first time.

Worship is an important part of our school. We worship through the Eucharistic liturgy, meaningful prayer services, and shared daily prayer. Parents/guardians come to our liturgies and prayer services and pray with us. Catholic values are reinforced through reference to Scripture, Church teachings and through the use of symbols and themes in many types of school activities.

We strive to instill in our students an appreciation of the Mass, which is the central act of our religion. Students have an opportunity to attend an all-school liturgy once a week. The teachers and students from different grades plan the liturgy and carry out the liturgical roles at Mass.

In addition to daily classroom prayer, the students and staff assemble weekly to pray together. Each grade level shares responsibility for preparing the all-school prayer.

The students are involved in many service activities as well. Some of these include participation in the Adopt-A-Grandparent Program (a local nursing home), Food Shelf collections, Santa Anonymous, Mission collection/activities, and assisting victims of disasters through monetary donations and prayers.