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    Religion

    Religious instruction is the heart of education at St. Peter School. While religion is treated as a separate subject in our curriculum, St. Peter School strives to take an integrated approach to religious studies across the curriculum. This means, for example, that English teachers might utilize religious topics for reading and writing assignments, critical passages in the Bible might be read in Literature classes, the lives of the Saints and actions of the Catholic Church in history will permeate the study of history, and Catholic social teaching will be emphasized in Social Studies.

    The aim of religious instruction at St. Peter School is to prepare the students to lead active lives of faith and service. In addition to weekly Mass, students receive the sacrament of penance at least twice a year, recite a decade of the rosary daily, and participate in the stations of the cross each week during Lent.

    Highlights of our Religious Instruction

    • Weekly celebration of Holy Mass
    • Priestly instruction on a weekly basis by our pastor (Grade 8)
    • Sacrament of Penance (3 times per year), formation for First Penance (Grade 2)
    • Formation in the sacrament of First Communion (Grade 2) and Confirmation (Grade 8)
    • Teachers who are certified in various aspects of catechesis and evangelization
    • Ongoing faculty formation (at faculty meetings, yearly retreats, Diocesan sponsored workshops)
    • Robust corps of altar servers
    • Religious instruction integrated across the curriculum
    • Daily recitation of either a decade of the Rosary or Divine Mercy Chaplet (after lunch)
    • Annual May Crowning and procession
    • Honoring of Holy Days as days of festivity and solemnity as a school community
    • Mastery of traditional Catholic hymns and prayers, including in Latin
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