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.
FIRST FRIDAY MASS AND EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
We are so blessed as Catholics to be able to receive the true presence of Christ in the most Holy Eucharist. The Blessed Sacrament allows each of us to develop a deeper and personal relationship with Christ. Mass will begin at 7:10 am in the chapel followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 8a.m. to 3p.m.
FRIDAY MORNING PRAYER IN CHAPEL
As one body in Christ, we gather as a school family with our hearts and minds focused on Jesus. Students and teachers gather in praise and testify to how we are fully coming to know who God is through our everyday lives. Morning prayer begins at 7:20 a.m. in the school Chapel.
DAD'S DIVINE MERCY FRIDAYS
Every Friday at both lunch shifts there will be Eucharisitic Adoration and prayers, led by a group of students' Dads.
MORNING / AFTERNOON OFFERING PRAYER
The Holy Savior Menard School community starts and ends the day praising and giving thanks to God. Each morning at HSM begins with school-wide community prayer. Students hear about the lives of Saints, the history of Catholic feast days, liturgical seasons, and other Catholic doctrines. After, we join in prayer to the Sacred Heart of Mary. At the end of the day, we join in prayer to the Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered regularly throughout the school year, giving students the opportunity to participate in this important sacrament of healing and forgiveness. All-day Penance Services are held once during the liturgical season of Advent, and again during Lent. Students are able to seek confession on all retreat days, as well and weekly every Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Living Rosary is an activity conducted twice 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 in October, which we celebrate at the Month of the Holy Rosary. We gather in prayer again during the month of May, which is recognized as the Month of Mary. The Living Rosary, in vigil form, takes on different themes to focus on prayer for our country, for the unborn, etc.
LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS
The Stations of the Cross help to bring us closer to Jesus as we meditate on His great and unconditional love He showed for us through His most sorrowful Passion. Stations of the Cross are held with the entire student body every Friday morning during Lent.
This is a beautiful liturgical ceremony that is offered in thanksgiving for the blessings God has bestowed upon the graduates and their families. The Mass is for the graduating class and their families which is held at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.
May Crowning is celebrated each year. The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. As Catholics, we honor her as "the Queen of May." A wreath of blossoms is placed on the statue of Mary's head to indicate Mary's virtues which are to be imitated by the faithful. Based on various criteria, students from each grade are selected by the faculty and staff to sit on the May Crowning Court. These students participate in the crowning ceremony and are recognized for their outstanding Christian attributes. It is a great honor to be selected for the HSM May Crowning Court.
This is the last school Mass for seniors as the entire school community gathers in worship to pray for our seniors as they prepare to leave HSM and move forward into the next chapter of their lives.
8th Grade Mass
Through prayer, we celebrate our eighth graders and honor their success as they bring their junior high years to a close. Students take place in a pinning ceremony, where the outgoing freshman welcome them to high school before their families and the whole student body.
Catholic Identity Activities
Each month of the school year, the Campus Ministry department coordinates a schoolwide project with the purpose of further building a Christian foundation for the students of Holy Savior Menard. These activities offer the opportunity to become more familiar with forms of prayer and worship, various practices of the Catholic Faith, and facilitates faith-based interactions between students.
The Catholic Identity Activities for the 2022-2023 school year include:
- August - HSM Prayer Partners
- Students paired and given the opportunity to get to know one another, pray together, and make their "All In" commitments for the school year.
- September - Schoolwide Eucharistic Adoration
- Held in the gym, accompanied by praise and worship music
- October - The Living Rosary
- Held on the football field, students presented roses to the Blessed Virgin Mary
- November - All Saint's Day Relic Presentation
- Display and presentation of dozens of Saint's relics in the HSM gym
- December - Advent Penance Service
- All-day Penance Service held in the HSM Library. Students are able to seek confession from and one of the 8-10 volunteer priests throughout the day.
- January - Eucharistic Procession and Adoration
- All students, faculty and staff process behind the Blessed Sacrament from HSM to St. Rita Catholic Church , followed be Eucharistic Adoration in the church.
- February - Stations of the Cross
- March - Lent Penance Service
- All-day Penance Service held in the HSM Library. Students are able to seek confession from any one of the 8-10 volunteer priests throughout the day.
- April - The Last Supper Reenactment
- On Holy Thursday, students from our freshman class reenact scenes from the Last Supper, in which Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
- May - May Crowning