As a Catholic school, we at All Souls know that the dynamic of the Christian life is threefold: the encounter with God, the process of becoming Christ’s disciples, and the work of going forth with the power of the Holy Spirit to the wider world. Although a good education in mathematics, science, language arts, etc. is vitally important, the greatest work imaginable is the formation of hearts and minds to fall in love with God and to serve Him passionately in loving others well. There we become fully alive, fully human, fully who God made us to be.
Faith formation is always happening at All Souls, unfolding intentionally in a deepening way daily, weekly, and through special occasions. Working within the Church’s celebrated, time-honored tradition, we create the spiritual environment for our students to have a living encounter with God the Holy Trinity. Then, through our ongoing celebration of the sacraments, classroom education, extracurricular activities, and all-encompassing culture of faith, we intentionally help our students to be formed after the heart and mind of Jesus Christ as His disciples. Ultimately, we equip our students with the understanding and skills necessary to discern God’s purposes for their lives and to go forth boldly to serve the world with His love.
Prayer is an integral part of the school day and overall life of All Souls. Not only are students taught the traditional Catholic prayers and methods of praying, but they are equipped to lead their peers in prayer. Each morning, students take turns in leading their class in prayer. At the middle of the day, each class pauses in God’s presence to pray the Angelus, recalling Mary’s free cooperation with God’s plans for our happiness. Teachers often start and end class with prayer. By incorporating moments of communal and individual prayer throughout the day, students learn regularly to offer their work, thoughts, and very heart to the Lord.
Weekly Mass and Adoration
As Christ’s sacred presence in the Holy Eucharist is a most treasured reality of the Catholic Faith, we know that the celebration of Holy Mass and Eucharistic Adoration are rightly the ‘source and summit’ of all we do and are about at All Souls. As an entire community, All Souls celebrates a special school Mass every Tuesday at 8:15 a.m. With dynamic student participation at the homily and with students serving as readers, gift-bearers, altar servers, and the choir, the weekly school Mass is a joyful, formative time for students to adore God together as a school community. Then, each Thursday, the students are given the opportunity with their respective classes to encounter and prayerfully converse with the Lord Jesus in His wondrous presence in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar through Eucharistic Adoration.
Special Occasions of Prayer
Throughout the school year, All Souls provides many opportunities for our students to strengthen their faith life through special prayer services. At least twice a year, students are afforded set times to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), in addition to confession being available in the church most days before the start of the school day starting at 7:30 a.m. Traditionally, the school prays a Living Rosary and celebrates the Virgin Mary’s Nativity with a birthday celebration early in the year, honors All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in early November, participates in student-led Advent prayer services in December, relives Christ’s saving Passion through the middle school speech team’s live Stations of the Cross during Lent, and crowns the Blessed Virgin anew as our queen each May.