Faith formation at MSMCS is not only about developing the intellectual knowledge of our Catholic faith but also developing the heart or relational aspects. The child's relationship with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is paramount.
Prayer is integrated throughout our life as a school community from the beginning of classes to “The Angelus” at noon and to the closing of the day before dismissal.
Prayer itself, born in Catholic families, nurtured by programs of Christian formation, strengthened by the grace of the sacraments, is the first means by which we come to know the Lord's will for our lives. To the extend that we teach young people to pray, and to pray well, we will be cooperating with God's call. Programs, plans and projects have their place; but the discernment of a vocation is above all the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the Lord and his disciples. Young people, if they know how to pray, can be trusted to know what to do with God's call." ~ Pope Benedict XVI
Students celebrate and serve at 8:10 am Mass (1st-8th daily) (3K-5K 3xs/week) with the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity who own the Mount St. Michael campus. The Discalced Carmelite Friars of Mount Carmel Center, preside. Many parents join us for this blessed time.
Religious enrichment takes place weekly for 3K-8th grade students in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori style, hands-on faith instruction that leads the child into the heart of God through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Doctrinal studies in 1st-8th grades are strengthened through the doctrinally sound Faith and Life Series and 3K-5K through the Image of God Series both published by Ignatius Press.
Monthly children receive the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and participate in First Friday Eucharistic Adoration in our Sacred Heart of Jesus Chapel.
Many opportunities for Christian service avail themselves through daily interaction and particular acts of mercy (e.g. collections for those in need) scheduled throughout the year.
The “Holy” Spirit Rally closes out Catholic Schools Week on the First Friday in February. During this fun time, classes yell cheers for God as well as “lip sync” or sing popular songs of faith.
Some families ask: While our devout Christian beliefs are parallel to those of the Catholic faith and we seek a strong faith based education such as MSMS offers, we do not worship in the Catholic church. Can a non-Catholic Christian fit in and thrive within the MSM environment?
The answer to this question is an emphatic, “Yes!” Several families of various denominations send their children to MSMCS. They share how attending MSMCS has enriched the faith life of not only their children but also their family. MSMCS is a Catholic school that welcomes families truly seeking after the Heart of Christ regardless of denomination.