Spirituality

The goal of our Blessed Sacrament School Community is to have a strong Catholic Identity by developing students intellectually, socially, culturally, and physically, centering on the teaching of Jesus Christ and the Roman Catholic Church. We strive to provide an atmosphere of study, worship, and prayer so our entire Community will grow in faith and knowledge of our Triune God and our Roman Catholic Heritage. Blessed Sacrament seeks to accomplish this through daily religion classes, a structured prayer life, receiving the sacraments, Catholic Devotions, and service to others.

Religion is taught at each grade level on a daily basis. Along with this, our teachers instinctively weave our Catholic faith into all subjects throughout the school day. The religion curriculum objectives were written by the Catholic Diocese of Peoria.

Each school day is intentionally designed around prayer. We strive to build a closer relationship with Jesus Christ by encountering Him in prayer and conversation throughout the day. Our day begins with prayer. In the morning, we pray as a community after our morning recess before classes begin. Each individual class begins each morning with prayer. We pray before meals and together in the lunchroom after meals. Each class ends the day with prayer.

Our all school Masses are celebrated each Friday and on Holy Days of Obligation. The Mass is central to our faith where, most importantly, our students can receive the Holy Eucharist, the Body of Christ. On the First Friday of each month, our students participate in the Adoration of the Eucharist. First through eighth grade will spend time in front of the Body of Christ in prayer and reflection.

Our second grade students will receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. The participation of our parents is crucial in preparing our students for both sacraments. They are asked to attend parent meetings for each sacrament. Also, our third through eighth grade students will have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent, Lent, and the end of the school year.

Throughout the school year our school will participate in Catholic Devotions.

These Devotions include:

  • Feast of St. Francis Blessing of the Animals
  • All school "Living Rosary" in October and May
  • Advent Wreath Blessing and Prayer Service
  • Epiphany Classroom Blessing
  • Catholic Schools Week Daily Prayer Services
  • Feast of St. Blaise
  • Blessing of the Throats
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Receiving Lenten Ashes
  • Weekly Stations of the Cross
  • Living Stations of the Cross
  • Celebrations of Mary in May

Service is an integral part of our student life. We reach out to our parish, community, and the world to imitate Christ's example "TO SERVE-NOT TO BE SERVED." Our sixth through eighth graders obtain a minimum of thirty service hours before the end of eighth grade. Throughout the school year our school community is involved in a number of service activities.

These activities are:

  • Student Council sponsored canned food drives at Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Stuff the Bus" canned food drive during Catholic Schools Week for St. Bernard's Food Pantry
  • Seventh and eighth graders working at Sophie's Kitchen twice a month
  • Fifth grade letters to shut-ins
  • "Auction against Hunger" Student Council fundraiser for SVdP Society
  • "Baby Shower for Jesus" all school Christmas Collection for the Crittenton Home
  • All school fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes
  • All school fundraiser for Cancer
  • Fifth grade Christmas Caroling to shut-ins
  • "Spirit Day" to raise money for various charities such as; Juvenile Diabetes, American Cancer Society