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Saint Joseph Academy


A TK-12 Traditional Catholic School

Scire, Amare, et Servire Deo


Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life

Holy Mass and Confession

"Hear Mass daily; it will prosper the whole day. All your duties will be performed the better for it, and your soul will be stronger to bear its daily cross. The Mass is the most holy act of religion; you can do nothing that can give greater glory to God or be more profitable for your soul than to hear Mass both frequently and devoutly. It is the favorite devotion of the saints". -St. Peter Julian Eymard
Weekly School Mass
St. Joseph Academy provides a weekly Mass for the staff, students and parents. Holy Mass is usually scheduled every Friday at 10:20 a.m. Various priests come on a regular basis to celebrate Mass.

"Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven". -Pope St. Pius X

Once a month the Latin Mass is celebrated (see Latin Mass).

Confession
St. Joseph Academy offers monthly Confession, during school so that all students attend as a class, in the Octive of the First Fridays for students and staff.

"Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin. All hope consists in confession. In confession there is a chance for mercy. Believe it firmly. Do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God. Hope and have confidence in confession". -St. Isidore of Seville

Latin Mass

"The Latin Mass is the most beautiful thing this side of heaven" ~Father Frederick Faber

Pope John Paul II recognized the importance of tradition. In his Moto Proprio Ecclesia Dei, he called for the wider and generous application of celebration of the Latin Mass. His successor to the Chair of Peter, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, has continued his work of embracing the venerable traditions of Holy Mother Church. By means of his motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, he has granted the riches of the traditional liturgy to every priest and layman in the Church. In the three years since the release of this papal document there has been a profound increase in the number of those who are able to experience the beauty of the Tridentine Latin Mass. This is the Mass that was offered in every Catholic Church around the world until after Vatican Council II.  

Resources:
-Apostolic Letter "Summorum Pontificum" issued Motu Proprio Pope Benedict XVI 
-Listing of Latin Mass schedules in U.S. and Canada
-Ecclesia Dei Promoting the Traditional Latin Mass as sanctioned by Summorum Pontificum

"The Traditional Mass for Children" DVD is shown to SJA students as an education tool to understand the meaning of the parts of the Mass. See sample of DVD below.

"I believe that this (the Motu Proprio) is going to be a major step toward the genuine renewal of the Mass, and therefore the genuine renewal of the Church, which the Council so ardently desired, and I think we are going to owe a great debt to Pope Benedict for doing this." -Fr. Joseph Fessio

Retreats

High School Retreat
Retreats offer a time of quiet reflection and opportunity to grow closer to God. In this society, with all of the noise and distractions, it is difficult to find times of silence where the voice of God can be heard. All high school students attend their class retreat. The retreat takes place during the day, usually at a retreat center. Retreats are led by priests who offer Holy Mass, talks,Confession, rosary and quiet time.  
Additional weekend retreat opportunities during Advent and Lent, and monthly spiritual direction and talks, are offered through Miles Christi priests throughout the year for both boy and girl high school students. 

Teacher Retreat
Teachers attend a one day retreat that is led by a priest. In addition to spiritual talks and guidance, Holy Mass, Confession and rosary are provided.
Following the First Friday school Mass every month, the faculty meets with the presiding priest for spiritual guidance talks on different topics related to their vocation as teachers.
Teachers also attend a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration together every First Friday.

Parent Retreats/Formation
Information regarding Monthly "Evenings of Recollection for Women and for Men" by Miles Christi is distributed through the family newsletter. 

In addition, information regarding "Silent Ignatian Retreats" by for Men and Women by Miles Christi is distributed through the family newsletter. 
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