Religion & Faith Life
St. Andrew School shares the mission of Catholic education:
To proclaim the message of Jesus
To create Christian community
To worship God
To serve each other and the world.
Religion classes and faith formation are the foundation of the entire school program. The mission, philosophy, and vision statements today reiterate the original mission of the school: excellent Catholic education of children so that they will become competent and productive adults who make ethical and moral decisions and contribute meaningfully to society. Catholic values, teachings and traditions are integrated throughout the curriculum and the school program. Students and faculty work together daily to learn, pray, and play in an atmosphere of love, respect, and community.
The School Community
Attends and leads the ministries at the monthly School Mass with the 8:15 a.m. parishioners
Celebrates the sacrament of Reconciliation in Advent and Lent
Prepares the children for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
Works with parents to prepare the children for the Sunday Liturgy of the Word
Teaches students about the liturgical year and the lives of the saints
Prepares students for worship and for growth in understanding of the liturgy
St. Andrew School shares the mission of Catholic education: During October and May there is special emphasis on the rosary and in May the school community honors Mary at the annual May Procession.
Each year the 6th-8th grade students participate in the Respect Life Essay Contest, and our 4th graders participate in the Father Serra Essay Contest, sponsored by the William H. Hannon Foundation.
The school day begins with announcements, especially including the birthday celebrants, and prayer. Morning prayer includes reflections on the saint of the day and intentions for the needs of all people, especially our families, school, and parish. On Fridays the school day begins with assembly in the auditorium. Friday’s prayer is preparation for the coming Sunday’s Gospel with a reflection about how it applies to the students. Some parents attend the Friday assemblies. The school day concludes with afternoon announcements and a blessing as the community leaves for home.
The religion curriculum of Saint Andrew School The religion curriculum follows the Religion Standards for elementary schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Textbooks and materials are chosen based on their alignment with the standards and the SLEs. Teachers complete catechetical formation hours each year through attendance at the annual Religious Education Congress as well as professional reading, faculty meeting in-service, opportunities for prayer, and retreat time, and examination of religion instruction methods and practices. Annually the students in Grades 5 and 8 take the ACRE Religion Test (from National Catholic Education Association). The goal is to graduate productive, participating Catholic persons able to articulate their faith and beliefs, create community through their relationships with others, worship God as members of the Church, and serve people through their good works.