At the heart of education at Notre Dame School lies the Christian belief that each person is a unique being created in the image of God. Opportunities to deepen this relationship are a high priority at Notre Dame. The Catholic identity of Notre Dame School is fostered and carried out through our campus ministers. There are campus ministers/religion teachers who are responsible for the implementation of goals and objectives pertaining to the Gospel values of faith, worship and service.
Faith life is enriched by participation in liturgical worship services offered at the school on a weekly basis. During Advent and Lent there are liturgies and opportunities for the sacraments and reconciliation. Students on all grade levels are invited and encouraged to plan and participate in these liturgies. Students have a choice of whether to attend, but the religious dimension of the school is a vital part of the tradition and mission of Notre Dame, so all are encouraged to attend.
Participation in the Eucharistic Liturgy and communal prayer as a school community is an integral part of life at Notre Dame. The entire school community is encouraged to participate in these opportunities for prayer.
Prayer times are scheduled on various L days at 8:15 a.m. A team of students and a faculty member plans these events. In preparation for important liturgical feasts, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated.
Weekly liturgies are celebrated at 12:05 on Fridays in the Chapel.
The spiritual development of each student is an important aspect of life at Notre Dame; our Retreat Program is a high priority. Retreats are offered annually for each grade level and all 9th-, 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-grade students participate as part of their religion program. In the spring, juniors attend a peer-led retreat called Kairos at a spiritual center on the Jersey Shore.
Service Program Information
Service volunteer hours are required of each student as part of the Notre Dame graduation requirements. Juniors have a Service Volunteer Fair held in school in the Fall where various speakers present ideas and opportunities to them. The forty-hour service requirement is expected to be completed by the end of junior year. Please click here to read the Service Program Handbook. For more information about the ND Service Program please contact Mr. Scott Vasey at Vaseys@cheznous.org