St. Mary Catholic Middle School

Worship

Worship is an important aspect of our Catholic faith, and our community finds many ways to praise and honor God, and to thank Him for the many blessings we have received.

Each day at SMCMS begins in the classroom with prayer. All students, faculty and staff join in community prayer before lunch and at the end of each day. Prayer in various forms is part of each grade’s religion curriculum, and students are often asked or reminded to pray for each other’s special intentions in times of need.

Every Thursday, the SMCMS community gathers for a liturgy or prayer service (alternating each week), with the exception of Holy Days, which is when the middle and high school communities to worship together.

Each STAR group takes a turn planning for and hosting a Mass in the FAEC, and each religion class plans and hosts two prayer services each year. Student and faculty musicians provide the music. Often, the celebrations include the host students sharing reflections, performing short, reverent skits or singing special songs. All parents and community members are invited to join us for these liturgies.

During the seasons of Advent and Lent, we are involved in a variety of special projects in addition to encouraging students to participate in what their home parishes have to offer. During both major church seasons, SMCMS organizes a school-wide service project that usually involves collecting and sometimes delivering special items to selected organizations. A school-wide visual project representing the meaning of each season also takes place.

The sacrament of Reconciliation is always an important time during each of these seasons when students are prepared for the sacrament in religion classes and participate in an all-school penance service. Afterwards, area priests celebrate the Sacrament of healing and forgiveness in face-to-face sessions for those who wish.

In the Diocese of Green Bay, sacramental preparation is handled through each student’s home parish. The family of any student who has not experienced the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and/or Eucharist is encouraged to contact their home parish.