St. John Paul II Catholic High School encourages spiritual growth through the Gospel message, community, worship and service. We encourage students to embrace the faith in their lives, to understand community in a global as well as local sense, to experience personal and communal prayer, and to realize that service to others is basic to the Gospel message of Jesus. All experiences seek to invite students to deepen their faith, rooted in the way of Christ and the Catholic tradition.
The school fosters Christian principles in all endeavors, thus developing in students the capacity for faith-filled, moral decision-making in all areas of life.
Worship and Prayer
We have weekly Mass at 9:07am in the multipurpose room. In addition, students have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Penance regularly - during scheduled times. There are also two penance services during each school year. The campus chapel, where Our Lord remains in his Eucharistic Presence, is always open for private prayer.
The Campus Ministry, Liturgy Alive!, and Broken and Shared programs enable students to participate in and lead prayer at other school-sponsored events and activities. This provides our students the opportunity to serve as musicians, cantors, lectors, ushers and sacristans. Worship and prayer play a key role in student life at St. John Paul II Catholic High School.
So, what happens on spiritual retreats? You can almost always expect time for quiet reflection, as well as input from a speaker, a Catholic publication and the Gospel. The JPII guided retreat will offer exercises or questions for processing life experiences or relationships to bring each student a better understanding of their relationship with God. The JPII Retreat Team (Senior classmates under the guidance of Mrs. Romei, Theology Department Chair) works diligently to plan and execute retreats that are fun, but with a purpose.
While there is always time for individual prayer, there is also time for group sharing in which participants are encouraged, consoled, or inspired by the thoughts and experiences of others. Each class participates annually in a retreat throughout the year; allowing our students to explore their relationship with Christ and to grow in spirit, mind and body.
Four-year Religion curriculum
Weekly school community Mass
Weekly opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Communal Reconciliation Services
Four-year retreat program
Active Campus Ministry
Structured community service program - more than 44,000 hours served since school's founding
Student participation in Mass, retreat and prayer service planning
Broken and Shared - volunteer liturgical choir
Liturgy Alive! - student committee for campus spiritual life and worship.