The primary objective of MHOC School is to develop and deepen the Catholic faith of our students. Each religious program is designed to assist parents in the formation of their child’s religious education. The course of study develops the concept of God and preparation for the celebration of the Sacraments. The school community gathers weekly to celebrate the sacred Liturgy of the Mass, as well as Feast and Holy Days. Parents are always welcome to attend these school Masses. The priests of Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church are available for confessions and spiritual counseling/guidance upon request.
Liturgy, Sacraments, and Service:
Our student body attends weekly mass on Friday’s and on the Church’s Holy Days. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend and celebrate the Word of God. It is the responsibility of our parents to set the precedent for their child’s religious foundation by attending mass on Sundays and Holy Days. We encourage parents to partake in the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as daily prayer to assist in fostering the development of our Catholic faith. Our religious program begins with Kindergarten and continues through eighth grade. During the course of their education they will be prepared to receive three sacraments: Reconciliation (second grade), First Holy Communion (third grade), and Confirmation (eighth grade). For those students entering MHOC in third grade and beginning their formal religious education we offer the RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) program through our Faith Formation office. Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation are celebrated among the respective classes and receive their Sacraments as a class. Many other opportunities are afforded to our students to promote and develop religious growth within our curriculum including: weekend class masses, class retreats (in-school), Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Living Rosary, Stations of the Cross, service projects (grade level and school-wide), Respect Life, and St. Vincent dePaul donations (weekly). Students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to perform individual service hours and become involved in the numerous parish volunteer opportunities available to them. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to give of their time and talent to those in need.