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Campus Ministry

As we come to know Truth in the person of Jesus Christ, we are drawn to the One who is Love itself. It is that Love that propels us outward in service, but first, it is that love that brings us before the Lord as His Beloved. It is in the intimacy of that encounter that our spiritual lives truly begin.

At St. Catherine of Siena Academy, the spiritual life of each student is directed toward bringing her into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, as a daughter of God the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Morning Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance

Students lead morning prayer over the PA. The prayers are personal, written by each student in her theology classes. Many of these prayers are centered on a particular saint’s Feast Day, while others take on a personal tone. These prayers bless the day and bring greater awareness of God’s presence to living that day. Through recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance we embrace that we are “one nation under God,” allowing that principle to help us through the day make decisions in a manner which demonstrates the fact that we are daughters of God.

Liturgical Celebrations

As the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our faith, daily Mass is an integral part of our day. We gather to pray and celebrate Mass daily as a community. Mass provides the space for students to take a break from the hustle of everyday life, come together with their sisters, and allow God to fill them with His presence and His peace.

Regardless of faith background, we invite every young woman who attends SCA into a relationship with Jesus Christ. In discovering God’s personal love for her, she discovers the fulness of her identity. Our students enjoy the time at Mass to rest in who God says they are, His beloved daughter.

All students are given the opportunity and training to be an integral part of the Mass as lectors and servers. Participation in the Mass through altar serving, reading, or playing and singing in the choir helps us to enrich our faith and challenging us to share our faith with others.

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered after mass each day. During our Advent and Lenten Adoration, all students are given the opportunity during their theology class to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Adoration and visits to the Blessed Sacrament

Visits to the Blessed Sacrament and availability of spiritual direction are all daily opportunities to encounter Christ at St. Catherine. Adoration is offered to our students once a month and on special occasions (Holy Week, Lent, Advent). The sophomores, during their study of Church History, learn about and then participate in the Latin Mass.

Retreats

The retreat program is designed to invite students, faculty, and staff of all faith traditions to a more personal and active relationship with God. The retreat days provide experiences that encourage participants to recognize God’s presence: in their lives, within each other, and the greater world. These experiences offer the space and time to consider more fully where and how God is present.

Our four-year retreat program follows our mission statement of preparing our young women for college and beyond by nurturing her soul, intellect, heart, and imagination.

Freshman Retreat

Informally, the freshmen participate in a day-long retreat/orientation before school begins, as a means of beginning to grow in their sisterhood as a class. In the spring, and after the study of scripture during their theology class, the freshmen participate in a day-long retreat, intended to help each student further her relationship with Christ.

Sophomore Retreat

The sophomores continue their study of theology through the lens of church history. Their year culminates in an experience of the Latin Mass, celebrated in its entirety. In the spring they are provided with a day-long retreat, growing deeper in their love for Christ.

Junior Retreat

The junior retreat is typically held in the spring semester (May) with a focus on preparing our junior class to take the next step to be leaders of the school, leaders of the Faith for their sisters.

Senior Retreat

The senior retreat is a pivotal moment in the life of our young women as they enter their final months of high school. Their retreat is in mid-November, after the often-hectic college application process. The senior retreat allows our young women to re-focus and re-center themselves as we help them deepen their relationship with the Lord and strengthen their friendships through sisterhood-building activities. In the spring, a follow-up, “pilgrimage” is planned for your daughters.

“I was among one of the very first classes SCA ever had. As a pioneer and a student to be a part of the foundation of clubs and classes that continue today, I am beyond proud of how far the school has come. There were many ups and downs during my four years but an amazing experience overall. Today at college I still look back on and cherish my times at SCA, thankful for the connections, education and sisterhood I acquired. I am looking forward to seeing many more young women carry on the traditions my class and recent classes have set for the future.”

Alumna, Class of '14

“This school is not only college prep, it is life prep. I know that my daughter is being educated to go out and make a positive difference in the world. She will graduate with the confidence and courage to lead wherever she goes in life. I love the principal, the teachers, and the families. It is such a blessing to be a part of the SCA Family. I know the friends my daughter has made will be her sisters for life.”

SCA Parent

“An excellent school that brings the girls together more like sisters rather than friends.”

Zina

“This school has a very strong faith atmosphere! The school is fairly new, but is starting to build a name for itself both spiritually and academically. The faculty and staff rock!”

Student, Class of '19

“A crazy amount of extra curricular options-basically if you are passionate about it [SCA] will find a way to help you bring it to fruition!”

Leighanne

“[Teachers] care about the success of each student. They come early to help students and stay after school if necessary. They are a super dedicated faculty.”

SCA Parent

“The community service, the focus on virtuous living, and the sisterhood really instills compassion and respect for all of humanity.”

SCA Parent

“This place (SCA) is about the best Catholic high school you can go to, in my opinion. The whole school isn’t just a school, but a family where everybody knows everybody. It’s a small enough school for that to be possible-and it’s really awesome! What makes SCA different is the people that make up the SCA family. There are no bullies and no one is mean to you. Everybody looks out for you and your teachers become friends….This place is really close to my heart.”

Alumna, Class of '12

“I LOVE this school. The teachers are excellent. Because the students are so friendly, it’s easy to fit in and make friends even if you have had a tough time at other schools. There is virtually no bullying and it is a very friendly, positive environment. Highly recommended.”

Alumna, Class of '17

“I have been very impressed with the teachers at this school. They both challenge the girls academically and show true concern for them on a personal level as well.”

SCA Parent