Religious Education, as stated in the Philosophy, is a joint effort on the part of parents, teachers, and the Holy Rosary Catholic Parish Community, as we enter into the mission of the Church in fulfilling the last recorded words of Jesus before His Ascension, “Go teach all nations…”
The Holy Rosary religious curriculum presents children with accurate and comprehensive religious instruction based on the following:
- Sacred Scripture and Tradition
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church (U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops – USCCB, 2000)
- The General Directory of Catechesis (USCCB, 2005)
- Forming a People of Faith (Diocese of Evansville, Nov., 1999)
This curriculum offers daily religious instruction including Catholic doctrine, scripture, morality, lives of the saints, social justice, as well as preparation for Liturgy. Each year, the students at Holy Rosary Catholic School have a particular focus of study in terms of Catholic Doctrine and Tradition.
- Kindergarten – God Loves Me
- Grade 1 – The Trinity
- Grade 2 – Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation
- Grade 3 – Church and the Liturgical Year
- Grade 4 – Commandments and Beatitudes
- Grade 5 – The Seven Sacraments
- Grade 6 – Old Testament
- Grade 7 – New Testament
- Grade 8 – The History of the Church
Religious formation goes far beyond the formal instruction of Catholic doctrine and traditions. It involves leading our young people to a life centered on Christ. This is where our partnership is essential. It is our belief that weekly participation in Sunday worship and the sacraments, as well as participation in the life and mission of the parish community, will enhance the effectiveness of our religious education program and build faithful Church leaders for years to come. Therefore, families are urged to worship together every Sunday and make a commitment to participate in the parish community.
Each year our Catholic Identity Committee, as well as the school and parish staffs take a closer look at how we express our Catholic Identity through our words, behaviors and through the atmosphere and environment that we create around our campus.
We are pleased to recognize the following areas in which we feel a strong sense of Catholic Identity:
At Holy Rosary, students and faculty/staff
- Attend Mass one day a week and on special feast days and Holy days. Classrooms are given the opportunity to plan and serve as ministers at several school day Masses throughout the year. They may serve as lector, cantor, greeter, gift bearer, etc. Students in grades 5-8 are also invited to be Altar Servers.
- Participate in special liturgies and prayer experiences for Advent/Christmas, Lent/Easter, Catholic Schools Week and other special feast and holy days. These include The Living Rosary and The Stations of the Cross.
- Begin and end the day with prayer and classrooms provide other opportunities to pray together throughout the day.
- Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent and Lent.
- Participate in special grade level days of retreat in grades two through grade seven.
- Observe statues and posters which depict Mary and the saints, the seasons of the church year, and other traditions and symbols of our faith.
- Pray for vocations through their classroom participation in Vocation Chalice program.
- Pray for the needs of others through Families in Touch prayers and special intentions in class.
- Participate in random acts of kindness and intentional service/outreach projects like the Giving Tree and Operation Rice Bowl.
As with any community we strive for continuous growth in our faith and expression of our Catholic Identity. To that end, we continue to enhance our appreciation for and reverence at liturgy, promote service/outreach opportunities, and work together with our words and actions and to build God’s kingdom. We look forward in the 2018-2019 school year to celebrating our theme, Lighting the World with Hope, with our Holy Rosary family and preparing today’s students to go forward in service according to God’s plan for us.
Religion At Holy Rosary Catholic School
Our religion series is Finding God and is published by Loyola Press. Finding God presents the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church through active-learning techniques that allow children to participate, learn, and grow in faith and discipleship. Rooted in Ignatian spirituality, the Finding God program engages the whole child—mind, heart, body, and soul—uniquely guiding children to practice prayer and reflection, to explore scripture, and to find God in all things. Finding God encourages children to witness faith all those they meet.
Please visit the web site, https://www.loyolapress.com/faith-formation/finding-god/finding-god-2013, to find study guides and activities for your child. Make sure to browse through your child’s textbook, too, so that you are aware of what your child is learning at school. We will also be talking about the seasons of Advent and Lent, the Holy Days, and the Rosary. Mass planning will also be a part of our curriculum. Our attitudes in religion are carried throughout the day.
Our religion series for our students in grades 5-8 is Blest Are We: Faith in Action published by RCL Benziger Religion Publishers. Blest Are We: Faith in Action is a theme-based curriculum with each grade level focused on one area of Church doctrine centered on Jesus’ life, teachings, and the sacraments he instituted as well as Salvation History and Early Church History beginning with Pentecost. Through our religion programs we work at connecting doctrine (what we believe) to how we worship and how we live. The Faith in Action Component of the Curriculum invites the young people to think of ways that they and Holy Rosary can put into practice the principals of Catholic Social Teaching.
Please visit the website, http://blestarewe.com, for some resources for students like study guides, games, and activities. Available this year for students and families is access to e-books for religion, so your children will always have access if they leave their religion book at school. Make sure to browse through your child’s textbook on a regular basis, too, so that you are aware of what your child is learning in school.
Adoration and Benediction
As part of our ongoing efforts to model and live our Catholic Identity at Holy Rosary Catholic School, we are pleased to include the opportunity for our students and staff to experience Eucharistic Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament during the school day. HR students and staff will go to our church on the First Fridays of each month when school is in session. Our students will have the opportunity to be in the Lord’s presence in a special way through this form of prayer. On the First Friday of Advent and the First Friday of Lent, we will also attend Benediction in church at 2:00pm with Father Bernie or Fr. Martin.
- November 3: Adoration
- December 1: Adoration & Benediction
- January 5: Adoration
- February 2: Adoration
- March 2: Adoration & Benediction
- April 6: Adoration
- May 4: Adoration