With Catholic faith and Christian values as the cornerstone, St. John Paul II has established an atmosphere that encourages the awareness of the presence of God. In keeping with its strong commitment to Catholic Christian teaching, St. John Paul II's faculty includes a Religious coordinator who coordinates the daily religious activities of the school.
To aid students in developing an active faith-life, St. John Paul II offers daily prayer and religious instruction to its students at each grade level. Religious instruction provides knowledge of the Catholic faith including lessons on the Bible, the Sacraments, the Commandments, Catholic Church history, and prayer. Additionally, the students attend weekly school Masses, and morning, noon, and afternoon prayers are said during the school day. St. John Paul II students also observe Eucharistic Adoration as well as seasonal observances such as the Living Rosary, Vocations' Day with Mass and Speakers, Advent Masses, Lenten Masses, and May Crowning services. Middle School students observe one day of spiritual retreat.
All children at St. John Paul II participate in Saints Families, where children from across grade levels meet as a "family" to bond and develop leadership skills while undertaking group tasks. Some of the Saints Families' activities include attending prayer services together, making rosaries, and designing and making "family" crosses or posters. The relationships formed during the students' family time enable the children to develop a rapport with other students and an appreciation of the talents and abilities of all ages.
The moral and character formation of students is a priority at St. John Paul II. Thus, service to others and to the community is an essential part of the curriculum. Each grade level participates in service projects during the year, as well as school-wide service projects. Examples of the service projects include children making peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches for a local charity; students planting a community garden to provide fresh produce to those in need; raising funds to sponsor a Honduran child's education; and making gifts and cards for residents of area retirement homes. Through these and other projects throughout the year, students at St. John Paul II are given the opportunity to share with others the gifts they have received. Our faculty and staff are also involved in service projects and mission trips.