Prayer and Sacrament
As a Catholic School, faith is an important part of life at Northwest Catholic. The school day begins and ends with prayer. Students are encouraged to pray throughout the day in their classes, and all are invited to share special prayer intentions with the office to be included with Morning Prayer, which is said throughout the school.
A school-wide Mass is celebrated each month, and at the beginning of each athletic season, Mass is offered with the season’s athletes after school.
The school’s chapel is always open for prayer, with Mass celebrated each Tuesday after school and a weekly prayer group gathering each Wednesday before school. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held in the chapel every Friday with students and staff participating in prayerful witness, non-stop, throughout the entire school day. The sacrament of reconciliation is available throughout the year, but on some occassions, numerous priests from the Archdiocese visit the school to allow the community to receive this sacrament. In addition, special prayer services are held for the whole school community at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Our chaplain, Fr. David Dawson, is at the school each week and is available to speak to students in the Campus Ministry Office.
"A mark of Catholic schools is the emphasis on the school as a community – a community of persons and a community of faith. God calls each child, each family to be part of the community, to share their gifts, to interact, to accomplish and to solve challenges." (Religious dimensions in Education in a Catholic School, 46)
At a certain point in high school, students are considered to be “upperclassmen.” This is typically considered to be in the 11th and 12th grades and, in a Catholic school, with it comes a number of expectations and some responsibilities. At Northwest Catholic this entrance into the upper classes is demonstrated through our Junior Investiture which has several parts:
- A half day retreat for the members of the Junior class which provides opportunity for reflection on what it means to be a member of a community, how to meet social and academic expectations, the importance of their role as a leader and role model and how to integrate faith into daily living.
- A school community ceremony in the context of the most sacred of Catholic services, the Mass, in which each Junior is called forth by name in front of the entire school community, supported by a Senior sponsor, to accept this challenge and to accept a blessed cross as a symbol of their new status and their personal commitment to the school and faith community. This Mass is designed to build community among all of the students as the Freshmen and Sophomores witness their schoolmates accept this new responsibility and understand that one day it will be their turn.
- An evening prayer service to which family members are invited which reinforces this call to live up to new expectations and demonstrates the support of the family for the student.
- A reception for students and families which allows for the entire Junior class, students and families, to come together in a social setting as a group and develop an identity that will sustain the students through the remaining time they have at Northwest Catholic looking forward to the joyous occasion of their graduation in solidarity as a class.
Highlights from the 2015 Junior Investiture