Our Catholic faith is at the core of the Pope Francis Global Academy curriculum. Students at every grade level receive daily religious instruction and our K-8th students participate in weekly Mass at St. Tarcissus for the North Campus and St. Pascal for the South Campus, each led by one of our 4 founding parish pastors. It is also common to have one of our priests pop into the classrooms to assist with either a planned lesson coordinated with the teacher, or for an impromptu visit to build rapport between the kids and our faith leaders.
Sacramental preparation is incorporated into religion classes, retreats and service learning, and the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation are celebrated at the home parish of each student.
Many of our 4th through 8th grade students train as altar servers and help with daily and funeral Masses at St. Pascal and St. Tarcissus, as well as weekend Masses at their home parishes.
Our K-8th classrooms take turns planning and leading the weekly Masses, and in some cases (Holy Days of Obligation and other special Masses), our Pre-K students join.
At each campus, older students are paired with younger Prayer Buddies to sit with during Masses, work with on special projects, and occasionally simply to play games or spend social time together.
Students are actively involved not only in the school service projects, but also service ministries within each parish. Participation in parish ministries such as the local food pantry supported by St. Cornelius, or the works of the St. Vincent de Paul Societies at Our Lady of Victory, St. Pascal and St. Tarcissus offer an opportunity to cultivate a sense of mission as a way of life and additionally help build community among our school and our 4 parishes.
Pope Francis Global Academy has also partnered with the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers to help pilot the Discover Your Neighbor curriculum. This is a tremendous resource which helps to build awareness and empathy among our student body through tying Gospel teachings to real-world, modern day world issues.