Creative prayer and lively worship are central to our life as a Holy Child community. We always like to quote the saying, “singing is praying twice,” and it epitomizes how we approach the spiritual part of the Holy Child experience.
We find daily reasons for prayer, both institutional and personal—no gathering starts without a brief look upwards and inwards. Students, often those in our Foundations class, plan and lead our weekly “prayer blocks,” spiritual assemblies held in the gym. The girls regularly employ creativity in ways that young people (and the young at heart) love, and each is unique depending on the topic at hand. The individuality and creative approach greatly enhances our community worship, from slide shows with inspirational songs to workshops or original videos to bring home the message. As one faculty member says, “I never before have worked in a school where students are so excited about prayer!”
Every class participates in an annual retreat day to reflect, pray, laugh, plan and simply be together as a community. Juniors experience the life-changing four-day Kairos retreat, and seniors enjoy a special overnight retreat full of memories, shared hopes, and deepened prayer.
Dynamic presiders and beautiful music enhance our monthly Eucharistic liturgies. Students play roles as readers, cantors, choir members, altar servers, gift bearers, and Eucharistic ministers, as well as the all-important role of being the liturgical assembly. In the spirit of Vatican II, our aim is the “full, conscious, and active participation” of the whole congregation in our school Masses.
Visiting priests from local parishes and universities (we have a friendly group of regulars) engage our students with lively homilies both in our chapel and in the gym, transformed with an altar and special seasonal adornments. We also provide specially scheduled opportunities for the sacrament of reconciliation. The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in our Holy Child chapel, where all are welcome to stop each day for a few minutes with the Lord in a beautiful, peaceful atmosphere.