Daily Prayer – Students participate in daily school wide prayer during morning announcements when we pray the Morning Offering and Angel of God prayers. Each class prays before and after meals and snacks and at the end of the day.
Weekly Mass – We attend Mass as a whole school every Wednesday at 9am. Families and parishioners are always welcome to join. Preschool students attend once each month.
Rosary – K-4 students pray the Rosary as a whole group every week in October and May. Our Rosary services are led by fourth grade students.
Advent Service – Students participate in whole school prayer services each week during Advent.
Stations of the Cross – All K-4 students participate in Stations of the Cross services each week during Lent. These services are led by third grade students and 2nd grade students assist at the stations.
First Reconciliation – Second graders experience God’s forgiveness and mercy through the Sacrament of Penance. Teachers work with the director of faith formation to prepare for First Reconciliation.
First Communion – Students in second grade begin preparing for the Sacrament of First Communion in January. They learn about the elements of the Mass and about the Sacrament of the Eucharist. They receive First Communion at their home parish or at St. John’s depending on their families wishes.
Faith Families – Our fourth graders lead a mixed grade group of K-4 students. They meet once per month to do faith activities together.
All Saints Skit – Our fourth graders present an annual skit on All Saints Day to teach us about Saints.
Catholic Schools Week – This week celebrates our school with exciting and educational activities. It is a fun way for our students to express their pride for our school, and express our Catholic Identity and parish commitment to Catholic education.
Sock It to Hunger – We hold a food and sock drive during Catholic Schools Week. 2023 was our first collection and we collected 236 pounds of cereal and over 1000 pairs of socks which we donated to Hastings Family Services. We were featured on Fox 9 news and KDWA radio.
Service Opportunities – Our students bring donations throughout the year including for several organizations including Hastings Family Service, Toys for Tots, and the Lewis House.
Third and Fourth Grade Retreat – Students from the Academy of Holy Angels lead St. John’s third and fourth graders in an end of the year retreat.
Baptisms – We had three elementary students receive the Sacrament of Baptism in 2021-2022 and another three in 2022-2023.
Graduation Mass – Our end of the year liturgy is a Graduation Mass which honors fourth grade students who are moving on from St. John’s.