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Masses and Prayer Services

 School Masses

 
Opening School Mass - September
I​ntroduces our chosen school theme and invokes blessings of the Holy Spirit for our NDAE school community
 
Family Mass and Picnic  - September
Welcomes all our NDAE school families, especially our new families and TK students and families. Emphasizes our chosen school theme to the entire community. After celebrating Mass, all socialize in a family picnic and games.
 
All Saints Day Mass - November
Celebrates our communion with all the saints in heaven as we honor all those who now live with God.
 
Immaculate Conception Mass with HS  - December
We celebrate and give thanks to God for Mary’s “yes” and purity in conceiving Jesus and give honor to her as our patron of the USA.We enjoy celebrating this Mass with the NDA High School girls.
 
Our Lady of Guadalupe with HS - December
We come together with the NDA High School girls and celebrate Juan Diego’s humility and strong faith in Mary and his role in uniting all diverse peoples.
 
Catholic Schools Week Mass - January
We come together and celebrate with gratitude the opportunity of attending NDAES and all that it offers so that when students graduate, they are morally responsible Catholics, Academically prepared, effective communicators and life­long learners.
 
May Crowning Mass - May
We celebrate this most cherished tradition of honoring Mary, Notre Dame, as Queen of heaven and earth. At this special Mass, an 8​grade student is chosen to crown our Lady.  Eighth graders are dressed in their Graduation robes since this is the last Mass with the entire student body; the 3​ graders are dressed in their first Holy Communion outfits and can receive Holy Communion with the entire NDAES family for the first time.
 

School Prayer Services

 
Opening School Prayer Service - August
​I​ntroduces and emphasizes our chosen school theme and welcome all families, especially our new TK students and families.
 
Grandparents Day - October
The day fosters inclusion and directly shows gratitude to grandparents and special family members for all the love, and sacrifice brought to their grandchildren.
 
Living Rosary - October
This is one of the most cherished traditions of our Catholic faith community. That our Religious Affairs Committee and 8​grade leadership team organize.
 
Thanksgiving Prayer Service - November
We highlight our gratefulness for all God’s gifts and beautiful creation to us. We are mindful of those who are less fortunate and bring canned goods to be distributed to a poor parish/shelter.
 
Christmas Prayer Service - December
We highlight the greatest gift of Christmas~the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. After the prayer service, we sing a few Christmas songs before returning to our homeroom awaiting Christmas vacation.
 
Epiphany Prayer Service - January
​​The gift of the Magi is emphasized in this prayer service and we reflect on the gifts we can offer for the new calendar year.
 
Ash Wednesday Prayer Service  - February
At this Prayer Service, we recall the traditional Lenten practice of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. As we receive the ashes on our foreheads, we reflect on our own lives and try to change for the better in living gospel values and showing compassionate care to those in need.
 
Stations of the Cross Prayer Service - February/March
The 8​th grade leadership leads the Stations of the Cross and, as a student body, the children reflect on what the Lord Jesus went through in order for us to gain eternal life.
 
Triduum Prayer Service - March/April
We commemorate the three most holy days of the year~The Triduum~Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. We reflect on the price paid by Christ in order for us to gain Eternal salvation.
 
St. Julie Day Prayer Service - April
We have a short reflection on the life of St. Julie Billiart, (our spiritual foundress) and share her joyful charism of spreading God’s goodness and provident care. Sometimes, we have School Families, led by the 8th grade leadership, in order renew the spirituality of St. Julie.
 
End of Year Prayer Service - June
We reflect on all the blessings we have been privileged to receive during the academic year. After a reading from scripture and prayers of petitions, we have a short message from our principal.