Religion, the primary reason for the existence of Little Flower School, is taught both as an academic subject to be learned and as a way of life to be lived.
Religion, the heart of the school, is integrated across the curriculum, forms the foundation of the code of conduct, enhances relationships with one another and directs outreach projects that serve the poor and underprivileged.
Desiring to provide students with a solid grounding in their faith based on The Catechism of the Catholic Church, the curriculum covers age-appropriate catechesis in the areas of scripture, doctrine, morality, liturgical worship, Church history and devotion to the saints.
Sacramental catechesis for the reception of Penance, Eucharist and Confirmation is an integral part of the curriculum in second and eighth grade. As with all Sacramental Programs, special programs are also planned for the parents as they journey with their children on this path of faith.
Little Flower School is fortunate to have parish priests actively involved in both teaching and implementing liturgical celebrations. Students have opportunities to attend Mass as a school community and as individual classes several times monthly. On Fridays during the sacred season of Lent, the children attend Stations of the Cross. Several opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation are provided throughout the year.
In this day and age, the school is also fortunate to have the presence of six religious women, Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from Scranton, Pennsylvania, in significant roles on the faculty.
In faithfulness to the school’s mission statement and the gospel message, outreach is an important component of the program. Students are encouraged to respond to the needy through Christian Service projects. Pennies from Heaven is a program that honors, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, the Patroness of Little Flower School and the missions. Projects generously supported focus on children helping children in need. In previous years these included: Mercy Center’s Program for Kenyan Children, tsunami victims in the Solomon Islands, Catholic schools affected by Hurricane Katrina and coats for the homeless of Washington, D.C. Christian service is an outgrowth of a faith life and annually students are involved in all of the Parish Outreach Programs. To personalize service to others, students in eighth grade are required to complete a minimum of twenty hours of service in preparation for Confirmation.
The school day begins and ends with prayer and students pray Grace before and after lunch. The children are taught all of the formal prayers of their faith and are also encouraged to speak with the Lord in their own words.
The Little Flower School Community is faithful to supporting one another in prayer and kindness in times of great joy and also in times of sickness, difficulty and death.