The educational mission of the Church and the reasonable expectations of parents require that a Catholic school be distinguished by an atmosphere and formal program which relates religious beliefs and practices with the moral development and education of children. Regular religious instruction is an integral part of the educational program for all students at all grade levels.
The classroom preparation for sacramental programs involves parental understanding. To assist in parental understanding, meetings are held for parents of children preparing for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. Attendance at these meetings is mandatory.
Religious worship is an integral part of a child’s growth and a central part of the identity of a Catholic school. Students will be involved in the preparation of all school Masses and Paraliturgies.
In addition to the daily lessons and prayers, and integration of Catholic values throughout the day, Notre Dame Academy also offers the following religious experiences:
- Attendance at weekly Mass at St. Therese of Carmel parish church
- Daily assembly of the student body which includes community prayer, flag salute, and announcements.
- All school Mass for Holy Days of Obligation; Liturgical Feast days; September 27th, Feast of St Vincent de Paul, Founder of the Institute de Union-Chretienne de Saint Chaumond; September 28th, Feast of St Chaumond, Protector of the Institute de Union-Chretienne de Saint Chaumond; and October 17th, Anniversary of the Foundation of the Institute de Union-Chretienne de Saint Chaumond.
- When Mass is not available at school on a Holy Day of Obligation, parents are responsible to assure attendance at Mass at St. Therese of Carmel parish church, or another Catholic church.
- Retreat for Junior High students offered during the year through the Parish
- Reconciliation service for grades 3 – 8 during school hours during Lent
- Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during Lent
- Marian celebrations for the Feast days of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and during the month of the Rosary (October) and the month of Mary (May)
All incoming students must present a copy of their Baptismal Certificate at registration time. At Notre Dame Academy, First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are celebrated as a parish community. Sacramental preparation for children is the primary responsibility of the parents. During the year when students (usually in Grade 2) receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of Eucharist, parents must attend classes to help prepare their children.
At Notre Dame Academy, in addition to instruction received from parents, preparation for sacraments becomes a part of the ongoing religious education program in the classroom.
Additional sacramental instruction will be offered for any student in grades 3-8 who has not made their First Communion and/or Reconciliation.
The Sacrament of Confirmation, in accordance with Diocesan Policy, is reserved for reception by students who complete a preparation program while in high school.
On a weekly basis and Holy Days of Obligation, students will attend Mass. Parents, friends, relatives, and families are encouraged to join them. Full participation is expected in word and song. Students are required to be in formal uniform at these Masses. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in Reconciliation Services offered by the Parish.