Liturgy & Prayer
Students at St. John the Baptist Catholic Montessori School participate in a variety of liturgical and worship celebrations, including:
- Weekly Mass
- Seasonal celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Traditional devotions, such as Stations of the Cross and May Crowning
- Classroom prayer
- Seasonal Para-Liturgies
Celebration of the Eucharist
Each Friday, students, staff, and many parents celebrate the source and summit of the Catholic life, the Eucharist. Students attend weekly Mass.
Students participate fully in preparation and liturgical ministries for the Mass. Classes rotate planning and leading Masses. Liturgical ministries for children include:
- Call to worship
- Altar servers
- Gift bearers
- Choral singers
Non-Catholic students and students too young to receive Holy Communion are invited to receive a priestly blessing during distribution of Communion.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every month, especially during the seasons of Advent and Lent.
Stations of the Cross
During Holy Week, students pray the Stations of the Cross in small groups in the church.
We honor our Mother Mary, Queen of Angels, each May with a traditional May Crowning. After an outdoor “living Rosary”, students process to sing Marian hymns and crown a statue of the Blessed Mother.
Eucharistic Adoration happens for all students once a month.
Each classroom has a prayer table as a focal point for regular classroom prayer. When beginning a new liturgical season, the prayer table is set with the new liturgical color and appropriate images in the context of a procession. During regular communal prayer at the prayer table, the younger students enjoy songs, brief scripture readings, silence, and spontaneous spoken prayer.
Older students take on more and more leadership for planning, organizing, and leading daily communal prayer, incorporating selections from the following elements: singing, Scripture, psalms and canticles, spontaneous petitions and prayers of thanksgiving, formal prayer, and silent prayer.
Two of the guiding principles of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd are:
- The transmission of the Christian message in the atrium has a celebrative character.
- In harmony with the universal church, the life of the atrium follows the liturgical year; therefore, moments which are particularly intense are those of Christmas/Epiphany and Easter/Pentecost.
In keeping with these principles, seasonal celebrations are integral to the children’s atrium experience in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. These atrium celebrations include:
- Christmas/Epiphany celebration
- Celebration of the Last Supper
- “Liturgy of Light” Easter celebration
These celebrations are very joyful and prayerful, and must be lived with the children to be appreciated.