2023-2024 Academic Year Liturgical Calendar
Saint John School is first and foremost a Catholic School that recognizes the utmost importance of the holy liturgy. Therefore celebrating all-school Masses is an integral part of the school calendar.
Here are some reasons why Catholic schools prioritize all-school Masses:
Spiritual Formation: All-school Masses provide students with the opportunity to deepen their faith, grow spiritually, and foster a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. By participating in Mass, students engage in prayer, reflection, and the sacraments, which are central to Catholic teachings and traditions.
Worship and Communion: Mass is a sacred and communal act of worship for Catholics. Coming together as a school community to celebrate Mass allows students, faculty, and staff to unite in prayer, praise, and the reception of the Eucharist (Holy Communion). This communal worship strengthens the bonds of the school community and reminds individuals of their shared beliefs and values.
Faith Integration: Catholic schools aim to integrate faith into all aspects of education. All-school Masses provide an opportunity to reinforce religious teachings, virtues, and values discussed in the classroom. By witnessing and participating in the liturgy, students can connect the teachings of Jesus and the Church to their daily lives, fostering a holistic understanding of their faith.
Formation of Faith Communities: Celebrating Mass as a school community builds a sense of belonging and a strong faith community. Students, teachers, administrators, and parents come together to pray, sing songs, and listen to Scripture readings. This shared experience creates a supportive and inclusive environment where students can learn and grow in their faith alongside their peers and mentors.
Role Modeling and Mentorship: All-school Masses often involve participation from students, such as serving as altar servers, readers, choir members, or gift bearers. These roles allow students to actively engage in the liturgy and develop leadership skills. Additionally, witnessing the commitment and dedication of teachers, administrators, and clergy during Mass provides students with positive role models and mentors in their faith journey.
Sacramental Preparation: For students preparing to receive sacraments such as First Holy Communion or Confirmation, all-school Masses offer opportunities for preparation, practice, and spiritual guidance. Attending Mass regularly helps students become familiar with the liturgical structure, prayers, and rituals associated with these sacraments.
Community Outreach and Service: All-school Masses often provide opportunities for students to engage in acts of service and social justice. Through homilies and reflections, students may be inspired to live out their faith by serving others, promoting compassion, and working towards social justice issues within their local community and beyond.
All-school Masses in Catholic schools play a vital role in nurturing students' spiritual growth, fostering a sense of community, and integrating faith into all aspects of education. They provide a regular and structured opportunity for students to encounter God's presence, receive sacraments, and deepen their understanding of Catholic teachings and traditions.
We invite all families and friends to worship with us at our all-school liturgies that take place at 9:30 am about once a month. Please see the schedule below for this year's liturgical calendar.
2023-2024 Saint John School Liturgical Calendar
- August 28, 2023 @ 9:30 am - Opening of School
- October 4, 2023 @ 9:30 am - The Feast of Francis
- November 1, 2023 @ 9:30 am - The Solemnity of All Saints
- November 17, 2023 @ 9:30 am - Mass of Gratitude
- December 8, 2023 @ 9:30 am - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
- January 30, 2024 @ 9:30 am - Celebration of Catholic Schools Week
- February 14, 2024 @ 9: 30 am - Ash Wednesday
- March 28, 2024 @ 1:00 pm - Stations of the Cross
- May 9th, 2024 @ 9:30 am - May Crowning Liturgy
- May 22, 2024 @ 6:00 Baccalaureate Liturgy