Religion is a part of everything we do at SJB. We both begin and end our day in prayer, while integrating our Catholic faith throughout the school day. We are a school community that focuses on faith formation and academic excellence, preparing students to be productive, service-minded adults.
Students attend religion class each day as well as mass each week. We begin the year with mass said by Bishop Duca followed by him blessing our classrooms. Monthly prayers and virtues are highlighted each month, with a student from each class being recognized for best exemplifying the virtue. Students in 2nd and 8th grade focus on receiving their sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation, each attending a retreat in preparation. Special events are held throughout the year, focusing on our Catholic faith, such as the Living Stations, the Rosary, and May Crowning. Catholic Schools Week is celebrated each year which includes many community and faith building activities. It is also when we host SJB’s annual Religion Scholar’s Bowl where students from across our Diocese compete. Yearly grade level retreats are held for middle school students, with 8th grade going to Pines Camp in Big Sandy, Texas.
Students in grades 5th and above at SJB often follow the example of our patron saint, St. John Berchmans, by altar serving at our school masses. Their service continues outside of the school day with 87% of the Cathedral altar servers being either current or former SJB students.
Both second grade for First Communion and eighth grade for Confirmation attend retreats in preparation for receiving their sacraments. Each Fall, eighth grade also attends a spiritual and leadership retreat at Pines Camp in Big Sandy, Texas. Sixth and seventh grade each have an off-campus day retreat. All retreats beautifully complement the religious education students receive at St. John Berchmans.