St. Dorothy School supports parents in educating their child in the ways of the Catholic faith. We strive to help develop a strong spiritual foundation in your child through daily prayer, religious instruction, Mass and liturgical devotions. We also endeavor to help the children develop strong moral character, and we encourage them to become role models of Christian living.
At St. Dorothy School, religion is not merely another class. It is an integral part of our students’ educational experience. Each day starts with school-wide organized prayer lead by our Principal, Mrs. Louise Sheehan. Each classroom has a fixed area for displaying symbols of the Catholic faith.
Our Catholic faith is rich in tradition and liturgical devotions. Our student body comes together, frequently with the greater parish community, to celebrate the many religious holidays throughout the year. Some examples include:
To honor the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, all students participate in a Mercy Day prayer service to begin the school year.
For the Feast of All Saints Day, students in grade 2 dress as their chosen saint and give a presentation. Students also sing and read poems to mark this special day.
During Advent teachers light Advent Wreaths daily in their classrooms.
In celebration of Christmas, students in Kindergarten through grade 8 perform songs in the church for
parents, relatives and friends.
On Ash Wednesday all students attend Mass and receive ashes. Throughout the Lenten season all students attend Stations of the Cross in the church every Friday. Students in grade 8 perform Living Stations of the Cross for the community.
In preparation for Easter, the entire student body participates in a day dedicated solely to prayer and reflection.
In honor of The Blessed Mother, the entire school, with the parish community, participates in a procession and prayer service each May as well as a Living Rosary. To acknowledge their having made the Sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation during the school year, students in grades 2 and 6 wear their Sacramental attire.
Each November, a Mass of Thanksgiving provides 8th grade students with a special opportunity to attend Mass with their parents and to thank them for the gift of their Catholic school education.
St. Dorothy School is a community of faith, but it is also part of the larger parish community. The mission of St. Dorothy School is to journey together to become the living body of Christ to one another and the world. Through God’s grace, St. Dorothy School attempts to activate a missionary spirit in its students. Opportunities to serve God – by serving one another, the parish, and local community – are provided and encouraged.