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Scholars (grades 2-8) attend weekly mass on Fridays. In addition, at different times throughout the school year, we ask the scholars to attend Mass and participate actively so that they will learn the value of the liturgy by experience.  Scholars should be in church uniforms for each Mass.  This is part of the Religion Program.  Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate.  Each class plans at least one liturgy each school year.  Please check the monthly calendar for scheduled Masses.​


Prayer starts each day  The scholars also pray at recess, lunch, and at the closing of the day. Using the ADLA religion standards different memorized prayers are taught at each grade level. The entire school prays together every Wednesday at the beginning of school. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate.

Other Liturgies

Blessing the Animals (St. Francis Day),  Las Posada Procession and prayer,  and Stations of the CrossMay Crowning​ are other celebrations held throughout the year​ 




4.3.1 - Introduction4.3.1 - Introduction<p>​​​​​In "<span class="ms-rteThemeBackColor-1-0"><a href="">The Catholic Vision​ of Education​</a></span>," Archbishop José H. Gomez describes the dynamic mission of Catholic education throughout the Archdiocese:  "Catholic education is the Church's future. It is also the key to our society's future. . . . Our Catholic vision always calls us to see deeper — and to give more of ourselves in love. Our Catholic vision always calls us to see with the loving eyes of Jesus; with the eyes of God." The Catholic school is unique because it is an academic community within a religious community. As a school it is a community of learners and teachers, administrators and parents/guardians, staff and resource people. At the same time, it is a faith community of young Christians and adults. where Christ the Teacher is present among them.. A Catholic school always has a twofold purpose: learning and believing. It is exemplary when the school blends these well. </p><p>In the <a href="">Archd​iocese of Los Angeles​​</a>, <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=7c52c6b6-eea1-4fc3-ac3a-90f0c442a28e&TermSetId=8b66c3a8-bdfa-4bea-9c29-07c09bf9129e&TermId=1da690c6-4357-49f6-8351-77a0e05d1304">Catholic schools serve students from preschool through high school</a>. Each local school is unique in its charism, foundation, and culture. All schools promote "<span class="ms-rteThemeBackColor-1-0">knowledge of the faith, liturgical education, moral formation, prayer, belonging to community, and missionary spirit</span><span class="ms-rteThemeBackColor-1-0">.</span>" <a href="">General Directory for Catechesis</a>, 87​. All schools are committed to providing an academic education that integrates Catholic values across the curriculum. In light of the great gift and contribution of Catholic education, Archbishop Gomez has expressed his strong commitment to "<em>make sure that our schools are open to every family and every child in our city. No matter who they are. No matter where they come from, or how they got here. No matter how much money they have."</em> (The Catholic Vision of Education, Archbishop Gomez: August 23, 2013).   </p><p>6-23-21 ​</p>