Our Spiritual Program
Rooted in the mission of the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi, TFS strives to create a faith-filled environment that is given to reflection and prayer that draws each member of this community closer to Christ.
Each day begins with Morning Prayer in the Courtyard. Each week, individual classes, on a rotating basis, gather in the Chapel for the celebration of the Eucharist. The entire school community participates in Gospel Share, Wednesday Morning Praise, a monthly all-school liturgy at the church, and liturgies on feast days. Each liturgy is prepared by the students.
All students receive religious instruction as part of the total curriculum of the school. The religious education curriculum at TFS is consistent with the philosophy and goals established by the Diocese. The program and content follow a continuous progression from year to year, and have been evaluated by the parish faith formation team in collaboration with the Principal, the TFS religion team, and the Pastor. TFS follows the curriculum listings and guidelines in the Handbook for Parish Directors of Faith Development.
Word, worship, and community service are components of catechetical ministry. Therefore, a variety of experiences and opportunities for total spiritual development are at the center of school life. Special instruction is given in Catholic doctrine, scripture, sacramental preparation, liturgy, and observance of the liturgical seasons. Instruction is developmentally appropriate.
Formation for the celebration of sacraments is integrated with the parish-based program, with oversight by the St. Francis of Assisi parish faith formation team.
CHRISTIAN FORMATION IN HUMAN SEXUALITY
Christian formation in human sexuality is taught at TFS within the guidelines of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Parents are offered the opportunity for their child to participate in or opt out of the Human Sexuality program offered at TFS.
FAITH FORMATION GRADING
Faith formation provides opportunities for information, formation, and transformation of the student. Only mastery of information can be graded. Therefore, a religion grade reflects the student’s knowledge of doctrine, principles, practice, and liturgy flowing from the Catholic Christian message and not the quality of formation or transformation taking place in a student’s everyday behavior and faith journey. All students receive a grade in religion as a regular academic course.
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