ST. JOSEPH ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL CATHOLIC MINISTRY
COMMUNITY OF FAITH
St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School strives to be a faith community as well as an academic one. It is dedicated to providing the tools with which all students can reach full maturity as caring, intelligent and faith-filled individuals, ready to meet the challenges of vocation and life-long learning with vision and responsibility.
Students are encouraged to actively embrace their faith commitment through community outreach and service to others, within and through their faith community, as well as to nurture to fullness an ever developing relationship between God, neighbor and self.
Daily prayer is an important part of each day at SJS. Students in each classroom begin and end their day with prayer. The first morning of each week, the entire SJS School meets for a school wide prayer, conducted by individual classrooms. Masses are offered on a monthly basis with the priests from the local Missoula parishes. Please see Mass schedule.
Throughout the course of the academic year, SJS students reach out to help the Missoula Community in several ways. Beginning with the University of Montana Homecoming Parade, SJS families and students conduct a food drive along the parade route in conjunction with their float. The canned goods are donated to local food banks and the Poverello Center. At Thanksgiving, each class “adopts” a needy family and collects and delivers not only a Thanksgiving meal, but reaches out and gives from their hearts to “their” family. The students also sponsor “Senior Friend Day”, an annual musical program and reception performed by the students in honor of all our senior citizens in Missoula. The grade school students provide entertainment and a loving respect and appreciation for Missoula’s “seasoned” friends.
LOYOLA SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL CATHOLIC MINISTRY
COMMUNITY OF FAITH
Loyola Sacred Heart Catholic High School strives to be a community of faith, as well as an institution of academic excellence. Although many students attending LSH are not Catholic, all students attend all liturgies in support of the Catholic Faith, practices, and rituals. Students are encouraged to actively embrace their faith commitment through community outreach and service to others, within and through their church and faith life. Loyola Sacred Heart is predicated upon the belief that its students come to understand and appreciate the fullness of an ever-developing relationship between God, neighbor and self. In this light, prayer and reflection are an important part of each day at LSH. Daily and monthly Masses are offered for the students and faculty.
LSH FOCUS GROUP
All students are required to participate in a LSH Focus Group on a weekly basis. Within a small group, the focus group spawns the development of building positive relationships, working on academic, spiritual and personal goals, and developing ways to serve the community in socially responsible fashion. The group enhances the students’ individual growth and evaluates their progress spiritually, physically, mentally, and socially, which fits well within the mission statement of Loyola Sacred Heart Catholic High School. A professional staff member guides each group.
VISION (Volunteer In Service In Our Neighborhood) is a community service program initiated at Loyola Sacred Heart in the 1970′s. Participation in community service programs (visits to and/or volunteer work at nursing homes, shelters, food pantries, etc.) enhances the standard program of the school and is required for all LSH students. All students are required to complete their assigned VISION hours each year, with a graduation requirement of 100 hours for their four years in school. Freshmen are required to have 10 VISION hours per year, sophomores – 20 hours; juniors – 30 hours; and seniors are required to have 40 VISION hours.
Each student also attends a class retreat at least once per year. The retreats focus on student spiritual life and implementation of their vision toward a better tomorrow.