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Catholic Identity

The Cathedral of St. Raymond School Catholic Identity

The mission of St. Raymond School demands that we be more than an excellent school.  Centered on Christ, we work in partnership with parents and our parish community to foster in students an active faith that reaches beyond the walls of our school and parish.  Our work challenges students to know and love their faith in Jesus Christ on a daily basis.

Catholic Identity

Religion Instruction

Students in Pre-School through 8th grade receive religion instruction on a daily basis.  Using Our Sunday Visitor’s Alive in Christ, instruction includes Catholic doctrine, scripture, morality, lives of the saints, social justice, as well as preparation for Liturgy.  Each year, the students at St. Ray’s have a particular focus of study pertaining to Catholic Doctrine and Tradition:

  • Kindergarten—God Loves Me
  • 1st Grade—The Trinity
  • 2nd Grade—Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist
  • 3rd Grade—Church and Liturgical Year
  • 4th Grade—Commandments and Beatitudes
  • 5th Grade—The Seven Sacraments
  • 6th Grade—Old Testament
  • 7th Grade—New Testament
  • 8th Grade—The History of the Church and Preparation for Confirmation

Daily Prayer

Each morning following the 7:55 tardy bell, the students and faculty begin the day with prayer, pledge and announcements over the intercom.  This daily prayer includes a reading from the scripture, a question that ponders the meaning of what was read, and the Morning Offering. Students continue their prayer life during the day with prayers both before and after lunch time as well as a communal prayer to end the day.


Weekly Mass

Once a week, normally on Fridays, we gather as a school community for the celebration of Mass.  Teachers and their students take turns preparing for the mass, including writing and reading the mass introduction, 1st reading and responsorial psalm, and the prayers of the faithful.  Students participate as lectors, gift bearers, and altar servers.

Since students in our early childhood program are just beginning to acclimate themselves to school, they do not attend every Friday; however, they attend approximately ten times throughout the year as marked on the calendar.

Faith Buddies

In order to foster an important element of relationships in our school community, classrooms are matched in order to pray for and lift each other up in God’s grace.  Throughout the school year, faith buddies meet to do special projects, eat lunch together, and to simply be a buddy.

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