Seasonal religious activities at Resurrection Academy are planned by the priests, principals, and teachers. These endeavors encompass a diverse range of liturgical and para-liturgical experiences, in addition to activities integrated into the formal daily religion program. Every Friday at 8:30 A.M. the school gathers to celebrate Mass. Family, friends, and parishioners are welcome to celebrate the liturgy with the school. Grades 2-8 take turns each week as Lectors and Gift Bearers in Mass. Throughout the school year, Resurrection Academy teachers and students take charge of liturgy preparation at a monthly Sunday parish Mass or on a Holy Day of Obligation Mass. Furthermore, during Advent and Lent, students, teachers, and staff have the opportunity to engage in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Retreats provide students an opportunity to focus on their relationship with God, explore avenues to live out their faith, and nurture a sense of community. Teachers are encouraged to customize retreat programs to suit the varying needs of students across different grade levels. Currently, 7th and 8th grade retreats are held annually. In collaboration with the classroom teacher and/or parish ministry leaders, the 3rd-grade retreat is thoughtfully planned to complement preparations for First Holy Communion
Resurrection Academy offers preparation and celebration of the Sacrament of First Reconciliation to eligible 2nd-grade students. Eligible 3rd-grade students undergo preparation and celebration of the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. Students in grades 2nd through 8th who have not received these sacraments can prepare through RCIC at the St. John XXIII parish. Parents should contact the St. John XXIII parish office for information on sacrament preparation programs. In addition, parents are obligated to attend informational meetings and family retreats.
CLASSROOM RELIGION CURRICULUM
Each grade, over the academic year, delves into the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies and the Family Life curriculum published by RCL/Benzinger. Through engaging activities, song, and prayer, the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies connects students’ existing knowledge and experiences with the Sunday Gospel. The Family Life program guides K-8 students towards a deeper appreciation for all created life. The program’s themes address family living, personal growth, self-understanding, respect for oneself and life, Christian sexuality, and Christian social living. Parents receive a family component to facilitate their involvement in sensitive topics covered in the Family Life program.
Resurrection Academy provides opportunities for spiritual engagement through altar server formation and participation in the school choir. Altar Server eligibility is open to Catholic students who have received their First Holy Communion. The orientation class is organized by designees from St. John XXIII Parish. Students in grades 3-8 are invited to join the choir. The choir contributes music for weekly school mass and other school-sponsored occasions. Students are expected to attend regular weekly rehearsals.
ACRE STUDENT ASSESSMENT
The ACRE Student Assessment for grades 5 and 8 students is scheduled for January 2024. ACRE is designed to assist in the evaluation of catechetical/religious education programs in Catholic schools and parishes.