Holy Child Academy is a joyful and energetic community that celebrates in song, word, and deed its Catholic heritage and traditions as it embraces children and families of all faiths. In addition to learning the specific Religion curriculum assigned to each grade, all students participate in the different seasons and feast days of the liturgical calendar through communal prayer. Students begin and end each day together in prayer and are given the opportunity to either share personal intentions or write prayers of their own. Through these daily practices, students learn the communal and personal nature of prayer. Each grade also plans and leads a prayer service or liturgy according to a particular theme or season. From the lively Blessing of the Pets in October to the solemn Graduation Mass in June, students are given the opportunity to actively and creatively reflect on their faith and practice leadership in their community.
It was the belief of Cornelia Connelly that prayer must also include action. Her famous quote, “Actions not Words,” can be seen within and beyond the walls of Holy Child as students are invited to participate in service partnerships and opportunities in the local community. Please check out our Service Learning page for more information.
In middle school, students attend a day retreat with their class. The purpose of HCA’s retreat program is to provide students with an opportunity to take a step back, grow in community and fellowship with their classmates, and further explore and experience their faith. Each retreat is given a theme based on one of the Holy Child Network of School’s seven goals so students learn to embody the values of a Holy Child education and discern how their faith engages with an increasingly complex world. By “retreating” from the routines of everyday life, students are able to reconnect with God, themselves, and their fellow classmates.
Students at Holy Child Academy are also given the opportunity to prepare for and, when appropriate, receive the sacraments with the school community. Students prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion in second grade and receive the sacraments at school with the entire community. Students prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation in middle school. The sacrament is then received at their appointed parish and in accordance with the parish’s age requirements. While the preparation for the sacraments is designated to particular grades, any students who wish to receive the sacraments will have the opportunity to receive the necessary forms for the reception of the desired sacrament.