Our Catholic Faith
“If young people are educated properly, we have moral order; if not, vice and disorder prevail. Religion alone can initiate and achieve a true education.” – Don Bosco
Academics: Students in each grade from K5 to 8th have Religion class 4 days per week. Using the Ignatius Press’ Faith & Life Catechetical Series, teachers instruct and test students on their knowledge of the Catholic faith. The series includes explanation of basic Catholic doctrine, uses a question and answer format in each chapter, and supports instruction with both Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church published by Pope John Paul II in 1992. In 6th Grade, we use the Image of God text (also published by Ignatius Press) which focuses on the stories of the Old Testament. We help our middle school students “unlock the mystery of the Bible” with materials prepared by Catholic apologist Jeff Cavins. The 6th grade Religion class aligns with 6th grade World History (Greece, Rome, Egypt and early Christian civilization) so that students receive thorough foundation in both classical & sacred history before moving to the modern world in 7th and 8th grades.
Holy Mass: At POPCS, we want to give our students the tools to enter into the mystery of the sacred liturgy as active participants in the life of the Church. In addition to Sunday Mass with their families, the school community gathers on Wednesdays and Holy Days for a Solemn High Mass. Children are taught to participate in the Mass in English as well as in Latin, and are taught sacred music: Gregorian chant, sacred polyphony as well as English and Latin hymnody. Prince of Peace Catholic School’s St. Catherine Choir leads our school congregation in the hymns, chants, and responsorial psalm. Our students also assist at mass as altar servers, lectors, and gift bearers. After Mass, students who are members of the Guild of Our Lady and St. Gianna lead a final prayer to Our Lady in the Litany of Loreto. Students of one class each week are afterward invited to receive the sacrament of Confession. Teachers prepare students for weekly Confession with an examination of conscience.
Sacraments: In the second grade year, students prepare for their first reception of the two sacraments they will rely on time and again throughout their lives: Confession and First Holy Communion. Teachers instruct the children to help them understand the nature of the sacraments and how they are to participate in their celebration by their intentions, preparation, words, and actions. Parents are asked to attend meetings of preparation, and students are asked to attend a First Communion retreat in the spring. The planning for student reception of these sacraments is coordinated by the Director of Christian Formation at Prince of Peace Parish.
Confirmation: Likewise in the eighth grade year, students prepare for the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation. Our teachers use a program published by Ascension press called Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation. Parents are asked to attend meetings of preparation, and students are asked to attend a Confirmation retreat prior to receiving the sacrament. The Bishop of the Diocese is the ordinary celebrant of the sacrament of confirmation. The planning for student reception of Confirmation is coordinated by the Director of Youth and Family Life at Prince of Peace Parish.
The Liturgical Year: Throughout the liturgical year from Advent to the Feast of Christ the King, we celebrate as a school with prayer, processions, or festivities the various feasts and seasons as celebrated by the universal Church: All Saints, All Souls, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Advent, St. Nicholas, Immaculate Conception, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Annunciation, May Crowning, and more.
Daily Prayer: Each day begins in assembly with the Morning Offering and the Angel of God Prayer. Each day ends with an Act of Contrition. Throughout the day, students will pray together in the classroom and prayers of blessing and thanksgiving before and after lunch. Students learn to pray in English, and after 5th grade, begin to learn basic prayers in Latin (see our Latin and Spanish page). Finally, all of us, as members of Prince of Peace Catholic School community, commit ourselves to be the best we can in our school, in our community and in our homes. Therefore, we pledge:
“As a member of Prince of Peace Catholic School, I will show respect for myself and others at all times. I will honor my work and the work of others, and I will work to the best of my ability for I have been made in the likeness and image of Jesus Christ.” This school pledge is memorized by all students.
For a complete statement of Prince of Peace Catholic School’s spiritual mission, click HERE.
For a statement of Prince of Peace Catholic School’s Code of Courtesy – how we live with one another our faith commitment – click HERE.