Our religion classroom is an active participation experience. Students take charge of their faith experience!
We participate at the weekly student mass as Eucharistic Ministers. The middle school also rotates the responsibilities as cantors. We start hosting the mass the first week, and then every nine weeks afterwards.
Circle of Prayer:
Monday mornings start with a Middle School gathering. Students rotate preparing reflective prayer sessions throughout the year. At this time, students address concerns and gratitude, making for a unifying experience.
Verse by Heart:
Students rotate preparing a verse to recite by memory on Tuesdays through Thursdays. This verse starts our morning with journal reflection on the scripture. We focus on a different book of the New Testament almost every week.
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The Saginaw Diocese chose Eighth grade themes which center around the New Testament, Catholic Creed, and Morality. We use the approved Sadlier Faith and Witness texts for study. We also may delve into YouCat, a Youth Catechism book spearheaded by Pope Benedict XVI. We also have begun a program which focuses on Catholic virtues called the Disciple of Christ: Education in Virtue program.
All Middle School students are required to complete a number of service hours throughout the school year. We believe that this creates a more compassionate, giving and considerate person, and is not that what we want for our kids? Catholics are meant to live to serve.
Weekly Prayer Leader:
At the end of every school day, we gather around the prayer table for final prayer. This is led by a different student each week, rotating throughout the year.