One of the most important facets of the Christian life is regular prayer, and as such, prayer is an integrated part of campus life. Each school day begins with the Pledge of Allegiance, the HSM Mission Statement, and the Morning Offering prayer. Additionally, students and teachers begin each class period with various prayers from the rich history and spirituality of the Christian faith.
The celebration of the Mass is a major part of the Catholic faith, and school Masses are celebrated weekly at HSM. Mass is usually presided over by the school chaplain or the school president, with the assistance of HSM students and faculty serving as lectors, gift bearers, and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, as well through music ministry.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered several times throughout the school year (at least once each quarter), giving students the opportunity to participate in this important sacrament of healing and forgiveness. Confessions are heard by priests in the local area of the Diocese of Alexandria.
The Living Rosary is an activity conducted once each school year that allows the entire school to participate in one of the more important devotions found in the Catholic faith. The event usually takes place during Catholic Schools Week. The Living Rosary, in vigil form, takes on different themes and focuses such as praying for our country, for the unborn, etc.
High school students and faculty have the opportunity to gather in the school chapel during lunch for prayer and praise & worship. These prayer gatherings take place every other Friday, and include contemporary music and the offering of prayer petitions. Faculty members are more than welcome to attend as well.
Angel Tree Project
Each religion class at Menard participates in the annual Angel Tree Project. The project itself is designed to assist children in our local community whose parents/guardians may not be able to provide gifts for Christmas. Students find this activity to be one of the most rewarding because of the impact it has on those whom they are helping.
Each year, Holy Savior Menard attempts, as a form of almsgiving, to gather supplies for a local Christian organization (St. Mary’s Training School, St. Vincent DePaul Store, etc.) in order to ease their financial burdens. Students participate in the activity throughout the Lenten season through their religion classes. Groups in the community, while certainly not dependent solely upon our school, are more than grateful for the kindness and charity Holy Savior Menard displays.