Prayer & Liturgy


Prayer is central to the school day and our Holy Child experience, as we share our praises, intentions, gratitude, struggles, and lives with the Lord. Each day begins with the Prayer of Cornelia Connelly, and all of our community gatherings begin with prayer as well.  

We gather weekly as a whole school community for “prayer blocks," which are student-led spiritual assemblies. These introduce students to a variety of ways to pray – through worship, song, meditation, reflection, traditional prayer, study of the saints, and liturgical seasons.   

We also celebrate special times of year with longer prayer services, including our Advent Lessons and Carols, Living Stations of the Cross, and May Crowning Prayer Service, among others. These are opportunities for students to bring their individual gifts and offer them to the Lord, incorporating the arts and liturgy in prayer. 

Each month, we gather to celebrate Mass. Dynamic presiders and beautiful music enhance these celebrations, where students serve as greeters, lectors, cantors, choir members, altar servers, gift bearers, and Eucharistic ministers.  

The sacrament of Reconciliation is also offered monthly for students to choose to come to seek this opportunity. Our Chapel is also open all day for students to come during a free period, quickly between classes, before or after school, and during lunch for moments of silent or group prayer. 


Communion Breakfast

Fathers and daughters bond in this longstanding tradition, now enhanced by an alumnae speaker.

Lessons and Carols

Before we head off on Christmas break, we gather to celebrate Jesus’s birth in a liturgy filled with song and delivery of the Advent Angels’ charitable gifts.

Epiphany Celebration

One of the more beautiful and longstanding traditions, the Living Nativity always features the most recently born baby in the Holy Child community.

Stations of the Cross

Another moving tradition, Holy Child students reenact the stations with the contemplative attention of their classmates.

Baccalaureate Mass

The sacramental capping of the senior year, this special Mass the night before graduation celebrates family and a chance for spiritual reflection on the Holy Child experience.

Campus Ministry Staff

Catherine Albornoz
Campus Minister
301.365.0955 x2223

Ogechi Akalegbere
Christian Service Coordinator
301.365.0955 x2321