Class MassesWeekly school Mass will be held each Tuesday at 8:15am, unless a liturgical event is held the same week (i.e. All Saints’ Day) or school is not in session. Students receive the Eucharist, learn scripture passages (and connect them to classroom learning), and learn Gospel values through the Homily. Each class prepares a liturgy for the school following the church’s calendar.
The school community comes together for a whole school Mass or prayer service monthly, and each liturgical event is planned by different grades, with school parents and the parish community invited to attend. Each class also prepares a Sunday Family Liturgy at least once per year in the St. Finn Barr parish in order to feel connected to and responsible for the Catholic community.
Feast of St. Finn Barr
The parish and school community join together in celebration of the Feast Day of St. Finn Barr in September each year, with a special unity mass in the Church followed by a festival in the schoolyard.
Blessing of the Animals
We celebrate the Feast Day of the patron of our city, St. Francis of Assisi, with a Blessing of the Animals during morning assembly. All families are invited to bring a leashed/caged animal (stuffed animals/photographs are also allowed) to campus this morning to receive a blessing from our Pastor.
All Saints’ Day Mass
Students celebrate All Saints Day by writing reports on the Saints and the 4th grade class dresses as Saints for a special “Litany of the Saints.”
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 12th is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our 7th grade class leads the school in a prayer service to commemorate the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego. The students perform a skit for the school during the morning prayer service and again in the evening for the Spanish Mass, telling the story of the apparition on the Tepeyac Hill on December 9, 1531.
Grandparents/Special Persons' Day Prayer Service
During Catholic Schools Week, we hold a prayer service to honor the Grandparents and Special Persons in our students' lives. We are thankful for the love and support they give to St. Finn Barr Catholic School and parish.
Christmas Eve Children's Mass
Children from our school and Parish community are involved in the readings, processional, choir and reenactment of the Nativity.
Students receive ashes on Ash Wednesday, and come together in observation of the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
In May, we honor the Blessed Mother during the May Crowning Mass. The second graders come to school in their First Holy Communion attire and class representatives from each grade bring flowers to present to Mary.