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Each class has several opportunities throughout the school year to participate in the preparation and celebration of the Mass by doing the readings, offering the petitions, bringing up the gifts, or assisting the priest as altar servers and cross bearer. The school choir lend their musical gifts to the weekly celebration, and the school bands share their talents for special occasions.
In addition to the weekly Masses, the children begin each day in the Chapel to pause together in prayer and reflection before their work day begins. Students join their classmates to pray before lunch and going home. Prayer is an integral segment of Corpus Christi life for students, staff, and families: meetings, assemblies, athletic competitions...all school-sponsored events are launched with a prayer.
The Seasons and activities of the Church are a part of our students' faith formation as well: they plan and participate in events such as Ash Wednesday, Stations of the Cross and silent lunches during Lent, the Feast of St. Blaize (blessing of the throats), Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and honoring Mary during our May Crowning, to name a few. Our parish priests bring the Sacrament of Reconciliation to Corpus Christi students, providing these young Catholics a one-on-one occasion to share their spiritual concerns and journey with their pastor. We have several stewardship projects each year, which are developed and implemented by students in a single or cooperative classroom effort or driven by the Student Council.
Sacramental training is a significant portion of the faith formation classes for grade/age appropriate students here at Corpus Christi. Second graders are prepared for Reconciliation and First Communion. Eighth graders are prepared for Confirmation. The education and training provide the necessary preparation to receive these Holy Gifts within the context of their parish-community celebration. "First" Communion is celebrated on a school-wide level at the May Crowning Mass-after all of our second graders have celebrated it first with their home parish.
Faith is not a singular subject limited to one classroom period each day. It is integrated into every subject and every event at Corpus Christi. Students experience the importance of taking personal responsibility for their faith, their parish, and their community by preparing them now for similar leadership and service roles as adults.