Religion class at Immaculata has a different kind of status than other classes. Yes, it is an academic course (with assignments, tests, and so on), but furthermore, it is about fostering the Catholic faith in the individual and in the school at large. Students take religion class every year throughout their high school career at Immaculata. The overarching goal of the program is to build a loving, faithful, and hopeful culture by learning Catholic values rooted in personal relationships with Jesus Christ.
Academically, we explore many of life’s “big” questions, like:
Other topics covered in the religious education program are Church history, Catholic morality, the Sacraments, the old and new testaments of the bible, and world religions, to name a few.
The spiritual life of the student is nurtured through religious education and daily prayer, as well as school-wide masses, assemblies, and para-liturgies. Our staff begins the day with prayer in the morning in our school chapel. Throughout the day, prayer is a regular practice at the beginning of every class, led by either the teacher or a student. Eucharistic celebrations occur every month throughout the school year. Our chaplains, Father Bart van Roijen and Father Lawrence Kanichaisamy lead us in mass, while students and staff fulfill the different mass ministries, including lectors, altar servers, Eucharistic ministers, and musicians. Bishop Gregory Bittman makes an effort to be present for a couple of our school masses throughout the year.