Finding faith woven into the fabric of every classroom our Catholic beliefs are central to each student’s experience at Saint Giles. Through prayer and study of our faith we seek to develop an awareness of the dignity of all people and a moral compass that will help guide student’s decisions throughout their lives. The foundation for a vibrant faith life is created by preparing students for First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation with their classmates in second and eighth grade.
Students begin and end the day with prayer and attend Mass once a week. Each trimester every grade participates in a Great Grade Mass in which the students’ families and special friends are invited to join us at Mass and time to visit together as a community. Grade Buddies prepare monthly All School Masses to celebrate important times in our faith such as All Saints Day and May Crowning.
Throughout the year classes explore and grow in their understanding of Social Justice by participating in class organized efforts to help those in need. Students participate at local charities such as Feed My Starving Children, collect candy for the troops and toys for kids at Christmas, food for local pantries, and pet supplies for local shelters. Students learn to be stewards of the earth through green initiatives like our zero waste lunch program. They are active in parish life by singing in the children’s choir and being altar servers.
Saint Giles is a welcoming community respecting all faiths. Students from a variety of faiths are a valued and vital part of our school community.
Two of the most important faith moments of second grade are the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Parent and child gatherings typically begin at the end of your child’s first grade year and will continue into the beginning of their second grade year.
In Religion class, students and teachers discuss belonging to a Christian community, listening to the Word of God through Bible stories and living a Christian life through the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist. Two opportunities to celebrate First Reconciliation as a family are offered prior to your child’s Christmas break.
Preparation for First Communion follows a similar format. In conjunction with these gatherings, ongoing formation opportunities are designed to deepen both the parent and child understanding of the Sacrament of Eucharist as well as enabling parents to guide their child into gaining greater understanding and meaning of the Eucharist in their daily lives. Opportunities for group or individual First Communion are available in the Spring.
The Sacrament of Confirmation completes the initiation in the Holy Catholic Church. At St. Giles, preparation is designed to enable the candidate’s awakening of their spiritual relationship with Christ. Beginning in the spring of a candidate’s 7th grade year, teachings focus deeply on the person of Jesus Christ and provides the opportunity for students to gain a deeper knowledge of who Jesus Christ was, is and will be for them.
Working with their chosen Sponsor, the candidates will spend the next year working on projects that will provide reflection on and growth in their relationship with Jesus Christ and His Mission for them. Candidates develop habits of prayer and service to others, attend weekly Mass and participate in small faith group meetings/retreats throughout this preparation period. The Sacrament of Confirmation is then celebrated in the spring of the candidate’s 8th grade year with fellow school and parish children. Our hope is Confimation will lead our youth to continue a personal relationship with Christ and actively participate in the Holy Catholic Church.