About the HFS Spirituality Program:
The Holy Family School’s Spirituality program provides students with an opportunity to reflect upon and enrich their own spiritual growth, and to be active in their faith through partnership with a Christian service organization. Each month, students in grades K-5 receive a Spirituality lesson that is based on 2 “Virtues of the Month,” and includes a hands-on activity designed to provide support to that month’s Christian service organization. Additionally, a representative from each partner organization will speak about their organization’s goals, services and clients to the students during Assembly. The following month, students will hear about the impact of their contribution. We hope to empower the students by educating them about local and global issues and providing opportunities for them to practice their faith, engage with their community, and see how their actions can make a difference.
In addition to the monthly lessons, each class has an annual Mass and retreat with their parents. The retreat provides more time for reflection, and gives parents and students an opportunity to discuss their faith formation as a family and share with peers.
Lessons are led by trained parent volunteers, and include age-appropriate activities such as small and large discussion groups, stories, prayers, games, and crafts. Thoughtfully and carefully aligned with the Virtue of the Month Program, our Christian Service program invites the children and their families to connect faith with life and reach out to those in need.
The Christian Service projects vary from serving the immediate community – from teachers and parents – to serving parish ministries such as the Giving Bank, Mission Haiti, and Pastoral Care Ministry to the Elderly. Additional projects have included serving community and nationwide organizations such as Pasadena’s Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Pasadena Humane Society, Make a Wish Foundation, Charity Water, Meals on Wheels and The Jane Goodall Foundation. Most recently, our 2nd and 5th grade classes sent much needed spiritual support to a school in Houston Texas following Hurricane Harvey. The children are not only taught what these important ministries and organizations do for others, but they are also inspired to give hope to others through service.
Virtues for 2017-2018 School Year:
- September – Friendship and Respect
- October – Prayerfulness and Faith
- November – Perseverance and Courage
- December – Peace and Patience
- January – Originality and Creativity
- February – Opportunity and Charity
- March – Self-Discipline and Responsibility
- April – Devotion and Obedience
- May – Gentleness and Comfort
See the Program in Action!