Actions Not Words.

BELIEVE.

Be then like the Holy Child Jesus in your thoughts, in your words, and in your actions.

– Cornelia Connelly –

Campus Ministry

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.

Prayer

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!”

Retreats

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.

Liturgies

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.

Sacramental Life

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.

Traditions

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.

Leadership in Action

In addition to holding a leadership post in one of our many clubs or athletic teams, students may be elected to lead as a member of Student Council, or get chosen to be part of our Host/Ambassador Program.

Clubs and Organizations

We have always said: if you don’t find a club that interests you, start a new one! Over the years, our groups have included everything from Best Buddies (one of the most established) to the newly founded Club USA.

Service

Service has become a requirement at so many schools, where it’s all about noting hours and checking off lists. At Holy Child, service to others is a way of life, part of the tapestry of the rich experience here. Our students routinely reach out to the wider community with, as one of our network goals state, “joy, zeal and compassion.”

Campus Ministry

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.

Counseling

As an all girls’ school with more than half a century of experience, we know intimately that the emotional, the spiritual, and the academic are all intertwined in the success of any student. It is our mission to serve the whole student, her academic endeavors, her emotional growth, and her spiritual development.

actionsnotwordsonwhiteNOHC-01

Staff

Julie Burke
Upper School Dean of Students
301.365.0955 x2239

Trish Fraser
Assistant Dean of Students
301.365.0955 x2114

Elizabeth Billett
School Counselor
301.365.0955 x2116

Lisa Orosa
Middle School Religion/Campus Minister
301.365.0955 x2141

Meg Russell
Upper School Religion/Campus Ministry
301.365.0955 x2223