Spiritual Growth

Students, in relationships of trust, love and prayer, develop a personal and active faith in God (Goal I). Sacred spaces are available for student reflection, regardless of religious affiliation; in fact, the Academy of the Sacred Heart has often been called "a Catholic school for children of all faiths."

In addition to the religion instruction offered at every level (detailed in the “Our Schools” section), opportunities for spiritual growth abound, ranging from formal all-school liturgies to prayer services and daily espacio, a time for silent reflection throughout the building. Sacramental preparation is central in Grade 2 (Solemn Eucharist) and Grade 4 (Reconciliation). Class retreats, both on- and off-campus, deepen the students’ faith life and strengthen the bonds of community.

The Formation to Mission team provides leadership and service to the community in the areas of liturgy, worship, prayer and education in the spirit and mission of the Academy of the Sacred Heart and the Society of the Sacred Heart. Each year, one of the five Goals is highlighted; Formation to Mission's programs for the year are organized around this theme, including resources for our major Sacred Heart feasts and the Church seasons. During masses, students participate musically, act as altar servers, present the intentions and serve as readers.