The importance of Holy Mass in the education and formation of a young child cannot be overstated. St. Francis of Assisi School is pleased to offer Mass for the sanctification and well being of our school children. Students in Grades 2-6 begin Monday, Thursday and Friday with Mass. All students, Preschool through Grade 6, attend Mass on Wednesday.
The decision to include daily Mass plays a very significant part in our school culture. Each morning students are afforded a time for prayer and reflection; they are encouraged to give thanks for what has been and to contemplate the day ahead. Each, in their own way, learns from our chaplain, Father Jeff, who helps them to discover Our Lord’s teaching in the Gospel reading. The spiritual, social and psychological benefits to beginning each morning this way are immeasurable. The Mass truly is our children’s first lesson of the day.
Why send a Preschool child to Mass?
It was revealed to Saint Gertrude the Great that for each and every Mass that we hear during our lives, Christ sends a Saint to comfort us in death. Regardless of age, there is a great benefit for all children to attend Mass.
It should be said that nobody ever fully comprehends the Mass; there is always something to learn from Christ’s infinite sacrifice. Our Lord gave us the Mass as a perfect form of prayer that is offered back to God Our Father.
“The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross.”
~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
As Catholics, we believe that through the Mass, Our Lord has the ability to call and speak to each one of us – perhaps He speaks even more frequently to children. He may inspire us to act; He may move our heart or our will towards some purpose that ultimately will bring about our happiness. The possibility also exists that He may choose to communicate with a whisper or in a way that is not perceivable. By witnessing the sacred order and action of Holy Mass, and by participating, St. Francis of Assisi School children encounter and receive Our Lord’s incomprehensible grace.