A wide range of faith-based activities and experiences help our school
carry out its mission to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel and to
develop each student spiritually, emotionally, physically, and socially.
We strive to create an environment in which the teachings of Jesus are
promoted and proclaimed. We encourage parental participation in many of
our faith-based events, as we week to strengthen family life in our
Sadlier’s We Believe curriculum
provides the basis for our faith formation program. Religious
instruction is an integral part of each school day, as we strive to
deepen each child’s relationship with God and knowledge of our Catholic
faith. Activities including songs, art projects, games, stories, videos,
and writing projects help bring our faith instruction to life.
Daily prayer is an essential part of our school day.
We begin and end each day together in prayer. We pray before meals and
throughout the day at the beginning of many of our classes and meetings.
Prayer boxes in each classroom and the school lobby
enable students, teachers, and parents to invite our Praying Mothers
Team to pray on their behalf.
Our prayer partner program enables students in older
grades to mentor and share faith with students in lower grades. Fifth
grade students delight in the opportunity to shepherd their kindergarten
partners through each school mass. Our 2nd graders partner with 2nd
graders at St. Matthew Catholic School, as they celebrate their
preparation for First Eucharist.
Students attend mass together weekly. They take an
active role in creating the themes for each mass, selecting appropriate
readings, writing prayers of the faithful, choosing songs, supporting
the choir with their voices, and participating as lectors.
Our school music program includes learning faith-based songs that the children sing at school masses.
Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of the high-quality, faith-based education the nation's Catholic schools provide.
Celebrations throughout the year of church feast days
and liturgical seasons provide the opportunity for students to learn
about the history of the Catholic faith and develop a sense of belonging
to our faith community. Events include:
Living Rosaries prayed during October and May
Cake on St. Gabriel’s feast day
2nd grade “Saints Museum”
A visit from St. Nicholas
4th grade Christmas Program
5th grade Living Stations of the Cross presentation
May Crowning Mass and roses
Service opportunities enable students to answer
Christ’s call to serve God by serving others. Opportunities include the
4th grade nursing home “grandbuddies” program, the annual school-wide
“Crop Walk”, monthly “Thanksgiving Thursday” food pantry collections,
monthly collections on “dress down” days for various charities, 1st
grade Christmas carols for our parish seniors group, and cards written
by students to clergy, military personnel, and elderly parish members.
Other programs and activities that support our faith include:
Praying Mothers Team
– mothers who meet every Monday to pray for our school students and
staff by name and for the intentions offered by students, parents, and
staff through school prayer boxes
Parish Youth Group (for grades 4 through 8)
Faith Advisory Committee – a partnership between faculty and parents to plans and coordinate many of our school’s faith-based events
Signs and symbols of our faith throughout our school, including a
large mural of Jesus with children in the school lobby, and numerous
crucifixes, statues, rosaries, and faith messages
Resources to enhance our school’s religious instruction (statues,
rosaries, books in the library and classrooms, prayer cards, etc.)
Flowers for Mary in our school lobby, provided each week by school families
Faith messages in our school yearbook
Christmas decorations and nativity set that beautify the school entrance
5th grade retreat – Community Outreach and Catholic Traditions
4th grade Altar Server Training
Bible trivia for weekly school newsletter
While it is the privilege of St. Gabriel Catholic School to help prepare
students for First Penance and First Eucharist, all other procedures
for receiving these sacraments are guided by the Director of the
Religious Education for each student’s home parish.