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Faith Formation


Faith Formation Foundation

The mission of Catholic education is to nurture discipleship that leads to transformation and growth on both the personal and collective levels.  At San Carlos School, we welcome all families seeking a faith-filled learning community for their children.  We nurture the whole child by integrating spiritual and moral development with high academic standards.  We serve the local and global community by fostering a spirit of stewardship, safety, and peace. 

We believe that families are the first teachers of faith for their children. We collaborate with parents, the first educators, to foster the holistic development of the learner, create an environment in which diversity flourishes and help students unveil their full potential. This partnership gives students a chance to understand the mission, beliefs, and practices of the Catholic faith. Students participate in regularly scheduled Masses, student-led religious services, and prayer throughout the day.  Students are also welcome to share their Sacramental journey with their classmates through connections with their home parishes and school blessing ceremonies.  Religious images are present throughout our school to remind us of the Gospel call to live a holy life.  With a firm sense of their values and faith, students can boldly go into a world so desperately in need of individuals who can make a difference. 


Morning Assembly

Students gather before classes begin each day with prayer, pledge, and song during morning assembly. Students recite our school PEACEkeeper pledge and share blessings in their lives. Parents are welcome to join us in the courtyard each day at 8am as we take time to praise God and begin our day in thanksgiving for the opportunities ahead.


Daily Religion Classes

Every student at San Carlos School attends religion classes on a daily basis and receives a grade. Students attend Mass once a month and participate in hosting a Mass for the entire school.  


Religious Diversity at San Carlos School

San Carlos School is committed to the Roman Catholic Church teaching, about welcoming, respecting, and nurturing those from other religious traditions into our academic and faith community.


Sacramental Program

The Sacramental life of the children of the Catholic tradition is an important component of the religion program at San Carlos School. Preparations for two sacraments, Reconciliation and Eucharist, form the core of our efforts. In accordance with Diocesan guidelines, candidates for First Eucharist will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to First Eucharist. Parents are required to be active partners in the preparation of their children for these sacraments. Parents registered in Catholic parishes other than San Carlos Cathedral must have their child receive Reconciliation or Eucharist in their own parishes unless exempted by their Pastors.


Blessing of the Animals

The San Carlos School community blesses animals and pets every year during the fall. This tradition is based on the belief that all creatures and living things made by the Creator are sacred and holy.


Altar of Remembrance

During the month of November, the Catholic Church has a beautiful custom of remembering and praying for those who have gone on before us. We have the practice of remembering and thanking God for the presence of these people in our lives. We invite students and families to bring in copies of photos of their Loved Ones who have passed. A special bulletin board displays all of these photographs.


Christmas Program and Live Nativity

Classes prepare and perform songs to share the Christmas spirit with the community.  A culminating living nativity led by our Middle School ends the evening.


Lenten Reflection

During Lent, our students lead the school community in an artistic expression of the Passion alternating between the Passion Play, Stations of the Cross, and the Way of Jesus Christ.


May Crowning

During this annual event,  our graduating Eighth Graders lead the school in a beautiful ceremony and procession after our All School Mass to place flowers at the grotto of our Crowned Mary Statue.


Community Service Opportunities and Social Justice

During Advent and Lent, students are encouraged to participate in schoolwide food and gift drives. Additionally, each class selects and carries out an individual service project to address a need or social justice issue in our community. See our Community Service page for more details on how SCS students make a difference!