St. Philomena School

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Faith Formation

“Becoming a disciple of Jesus means accepting the invitation to belong to God’s family, to live in conformity with His way of life: ‘For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.’’ (CCC 2233)

As a faith community, the students and staff at St. Philomena School are active participants in the sacramental life of the Church and daily support one another on their spiritual journey. Our relationship with God is not only individual, but shared. Through Scripture, Sacraments, prayer, and service we work together to build God’s Kingdom on earth, and challenge one another to become active disciples of Christ.

The curriculum used in our school presents the truths of the Catholic Faith found in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, and is in accordance with the Magisterium of the Church. In Grades K – 6, we use the “We Believe” series by Sadlier, and in Grades 7 and 8, we use the “Blest Are We” series.

Persons encounter Christ in the Sacraments. The Sacraments, most especially the Eucharist, are the source and strength of the Catholic community and are essential to the life and mission of the Church and its members. The Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist are celebrated in the 2nd grade. Preparation is ongoing throughout the 2nd grade year, and culminates with an age-appropriate Jesus Day retreat for our students the day before receiving Jesus for the first time in the Eucharist. The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred to students in the 8th grade. Preparation is also ongoing throughout the year, intensifying in the second semester. The confirmandi participate in the Signing of the Senses Mass in November, make an Art and Faith retreat in the Fall, and a full-day, off-site retreat just a week before their Confirmation date. Students also are required to perform service work for the community. Finally, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated each Wednesday afternoon for students in Grades 3 through 8 on a rotating schedule by grade.

By virtue of their Baptism, all Catholics are called to discipleship that is manifest in loving service to others. This year, our school theme is, “Having a Servant Heart,” focusing on the Works of Mercy. Each grade level performs works of service within our faith community and the community at-large. Students in the 7th and 8th Grade are required to perform at least 12 hours of service each year. Opportunities for Junior High service include working at the Missionaries of Charity Soup Kitchen in Peoria, serving at Mass, and volunteering at various places in the Peoria area.

Prayer is essential to the formation of our students in the faith. Through God’s initiative, students are exposed to diverse expressions of prayer, including traditional Catholic forms of prayer. We gather as a faith community each Friday for school Mass, where our Children’s Choir provides music, and students take an active role in the Liturgy. In addition, we gather for Prayer Services during the year, Stations of the Cross during Lent, and Rosary. Students also have the opportunity to prayer in our Eucharistic Adoration chapel.

“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.” (CCC 2226)