Spiritual Life & Traditions
"Christ is the reason for this school. He is the unseen but
ever present teacher in its classrooms. He is the model of its
faculty and the inspiration of its students."
- Author Unknown
At St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic School, our fundamental task is the
education of the whole person. We believe that in addition to
challenging our students academically, physically, and socially,
we must also nurture our students spiritually and morally. At
the heart of this approach is the belief that all of our
students are children of God. We believe in treating each
student with the dignity and love that is inherent in being a
child of God. We also teach the students to recognize their
fellow students as their brothers and sisters in Christ. St. Anne
& St. Jude Catholic
School exists not merely to educate, but to help nurture the
reality that we are all made in the likeness of God.
We also strive to be catholic - meaning "universal"-- in the
truest sense of the word. We welcome all denominations equally
and without reservation, just as Jesus did. Ultimately, Jesus is
the role model we try to follow every day. The Holy Spirit gives
us the strength, courage, and patience to do our best with this
awesome task that parents entrust to us.
Integration of Spiritual Life into the School Day
We believe-and our students' parents tell us-that one of the
strengths of a Catholic school environment is that we are able
to integrate Christian faith into the school day. Children
experience their faith as something that is interwoven into the
fabric of their lives-not something that is separate from or
irrelevant to daily life. This can be seen in the way we relate
to one another, the way we start our day, the way we participate
in the Mass, and the way we provide service to our community.
While we enjoy sharing our faith, we appreciate and
respect the diversity of all religions.
Even though we are a school, we function more as a family,
challenging and helping each other daily. Our family begins each
day gathered together for Morning Assembly to praise God in song
and in prayer. We then say our Pledge of Allegiance. Our
students are encouraged to share their blessings by donating
items for a diverse array of charities. Birthdays and special
events are celebrated, and reminders are given. We then go to
our classes to continue the mission God has entrusted to us.
Daily Religion Class:
All St. Anne & St. Jude students attend Religion classes at their grade
level. The textbooks for these classes were carefully chosen to
support the religion curriculum written by the Diocese of
Charleston. Students learn about the life and teachings of
Jesus, the Old and New Testaments, faith, tradition, personal
prayer, the Trinity, the Sacraments, Christian morals and
values, making Christian choices… and much, much more. We
continually seek to help students understand how their faith is
relevant to their everyday lives. Students are given the
opportunity to ask questions and discuss spiritual issues. As
students develop their religious knowledge and understanding,
their spiritual growth parallels their intellectual development.
Second-grade Catholic students are prepared for the Sacraments
of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.
Students (from Kindergarten on up) attend a weekly all school
Mass at St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic Church on Wednesday mornings at 8:15.
The students from all faiths participate in many aspects of the
Mass, including liturgical music, ushers, readers, greeters, and
altar servers. Students learn to be active participants-rather
than passive observers-in the worship service.
At the heart of St. Anne's & St. Jude religious education is Jesus'
teaching to "love one another." We help the students understand
their connection to those around them. We teach students that
being "compassionate believers" will naturally lead us to being
"active citizens." All students are encouraged to give to the
charity or cause that is designated each month. Other service
activities are integrated into classroom religious education. In
addition, the Beta Club and Student Senate play a special
leadership role in facilitating student service.
School starts at 7:45 am with morning assembly. All students and
teachers gather together to say the Our Father, the Pledge of
Allegiance, listen to the morning devotional, and sing an
inspirational song. Our principal also gives the daily notes and
reminders, then we sing to those celebrating birthdays that day.
Teachers and students are dismissed to begin their day.
The Christmas program is one of the high points of the school
The entire student body
performs in this production. They are accompanied by
professional instrumentalists. The program helps bring to life
the meaning of the Christmas season for students, the larger St.
Anne & St. Jude family, as well as the community.
Catholic Schools Week:
St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic School celebrates our faith during the National
Catholic Schools Week. We sponsor many fun activities as well as
introspective time to promote mental, spiritual, and physical
growth needed for a well balanced student.
Each month we hold an student recognition assembly in which
student awards are announced.
The "Character Counts" as well
as any other awards are given at this time. Quarterly assemblies are held
in to present a variety of student awards as well as recognize
our honor roll students.
This award is given to recognize and encourage good Christian
citizenship among our students.
Each month faculty and staff
look for opportunities to recognize students who are going above
and beyond what is expected of them.