Spiritual Life

Our Catholic faith is central to everything we do at St. Mary's.  It permeates our hallways, classrooms,  after-school activities and even our playground and social activities.  For our parents and teachers, nothing is more important than the spiritual development of our students and their life-long journey toward Christ. 

The religious curriculum at St. Mary's is established by the Diocese of Arlington.  Religion classes are held every day at each grade level.  Teaching religion in a traditional classroom setting is just one part of the strong foundation of faith built at the school.  Each school day begins and ends with prayers.  Priests and seminarians are actively engaged in classroom visits, bringing their faith journeys and their vocations to life for the children.  Outings to special points of interest, like the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and Mt. Saint Mary's Seminary are always favorite field trips for students and their parent chaperones!

The halls of St. Mary's tell a similar story.  They display an amazing collection of masterpieces made by little hands and inspired by faith.  On many days you may also find a class waiting quietly to go into confession.  On a stroll through our halls, you may find yourself simply enjoying the simplicity of religious statues, icons or stained glass.  These are all simple and beautiful reminders of the Lord's presence in our every day life at school.

The sacraments are also an ever-present part of our days at school.  Each week, on Fridays, the student body attends Mass together at school, and on the First Friday of each month, Mass is held at the church.  Additionally, we have Mass on Holy Days of Obligation.  On Fridays, throughout Lent, students pray the Stations of the Cross together.  Second graders are prepared for First Penance and then First Communion, and eighth graders, similarly, prepare for Confirmation.  These are special years at St. Mary's.

Additionally, the school offers a number of extra-curricular activities that continue our student's spiritual growth and formation.  Works of Mercy, for grades 2-6, and Eucharistic Adoration, for grades 7 and 8, are both wonderful examples of how many students spend their "free" time in service to others and to the Lord.  Our boys in grades 5-8 make up a large number of the parish Altar Servers, serving at masses and funerals throughout the year.  Junior Sodality and the Junior Catholic Daughters of America equally work to develop our girls' faith.

"And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children."

(ISAIAH 54:13)
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School Mass Schedule

  • Grades K-8 Attend Mass every Friday 8:15 a.m. in the school gym.
  • Students walk to Mass at the church every First Friday of the month and on holy days of obligation.
  • Confessions are scheduled weekly in the school chapel.