St. Helena Montessori’s comprehensive approach to the whole child includes making religious instruction in the Catholic faith a part of the curriculum. Children have revealed time and again the profound depth and love of which mankind is capable, and our experience has shown that an educational environment must provide for the spiritual dimension of human nature.
Primary and Elementary students at the St. Helena Montessori are instructed in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The Catechesis was developed in Rome in the 1960’s through careful observation of the spiritual engagement of children and according to the principles of Montessori education. Each St. Helena Montessori Primary and Elementary classroom has access to an Atrium – an environment prepared with age-appropriate religious materials that enable a joyful expression of the child’s relationship to God.
In the Adolescent Program religious instruction becomes more academic. In a weekly theology class students are instructed on the tradition of Mass, the Gospels, the Old Testament, and Church History. Roman Catholic observances such as saying grace before meals and closing the day with the Lord’s Prayer are a part of daily life.
Certain special occasions are celebrated by the whole school, such as All Saint’s Day and Easter and various saint’s feast days are celebrated in the individual classrooms.
Both Elementary and Adolescent students have the option of attending Mass once a month. Supplemental sacramental preparation is provided for those students receiving their First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation.