The liturgical life of St. Dominic Savio provides a faith experience that is rich in formation and dependent upon active engagement by the students, faculty, staff and families. Various weekly and monthly activities are offered that support the faith life of our school including:
The celebration of the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Catholic faith. For the students of St. Dominic Savio, Mass is a time for the community to unite in worship and to be fed in a wisdom and knowledge that goes beyond the classroom. Through the graces that flow from the Eucharistic sacrifice, we hope to strengthen the fellowship we have with one another so that we may become faithful disciples who love one another and love the world as Christ has first loved us.
Our school celebrates Mass together as a community every week. In light of the formative nature of service, student leaders from the Timothy Team work with student volunteers to fulfill ministries such as Lector, Altar Server, Sacristan, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, as well as Music and Hospitality. In serving their school community, these student leaders are also invited to a closer relationship with Christ. As such, volunteers for these ministries are provided with training and preparation that is not just practical, but also theological and spiritual. The Formation and Ministry Office provides a "liturgical orientation" for all students at the beginning of the year in order to help them take advantage of all the liturgical resources available on campus for their spiritual and personal growth.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Once a month, typically on the first Friday of the month, the St. Dominic Savio school community gathers for Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Students, faculty, and staff take time out of their busy days to pray, to reflect on their lives of faith, and to worship together. On various occasions, time is devoted to student witnesses, praise and worship songs, litanies, and the Rosary. This time of prayer is always directed toward a greater love of and relationship with Christ, leading us to the reception of Christ's very Body and Blood in the Mass.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the greatest instruments of healing in our broken world, bringing us ever more fully into God's perfect love. Frequent reception of this Sacrament is fundamental to our growth in faith and the development of our capacity to be servant leaders in the image of Christ. For these reasons, the school encourages students to receive the grace of Reconciliation as often as possible. Our Formation and Ministry program invites priests to be available to administer the sacrament during Exposition every month, for most retreats, and during the liturgical seasons of Lent and Advent.
Faculty and Staff Morning Prayer
The personal faith life of the faculty and staff of St. Dominic Savio is a crucial part of the school's vision to form servant leaders in the image of Christ. Flowing also from a Salesian commitment to consecrate the beginning of one's day and work to God, the faculty and staff are invited to pray Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours together each Monday morning in the school chapel.
The school often focuses on the development of fellowship and Christian community throughout the school year. This is done through special Masses such as our biannual Masses with Holy Family, celebration of the birthday of St. Dominic Savio, Grandparents Day Mass, and Masses held for special intentions like respect for life and volunteer appreciation. Numerous faith sharing opportunities exist for small groups of students to pray together, maintain religious symbols throughout the building and help to develop and care for the school chapel.