Religion is at the very center of learning at Saint Joseph Catholic Parish School. Our curriculum is based on the Archdiocesan principles of celebrating the sacraments, daily prayer, and Christian living. Students have daily instruction in religion and we celebrate weekly masses. We have school wide rosary services, as well. During Advent, students participate in Advent wreath lightings, and for Holy Week, the 7th grade reenacts the Stations of the Cross for the rest of the school. Students begin their day in prayer with the whole school, pray at the beginning of each class, before and after meals, and end their day with prayer. The student who graduates from Saint Joseph is an active, knowledgeable Catholic, who has been well-prepared for service to others.
We want our students to reach out to others in the very way Christ did. Our students participate in local, national, and international service projects. In addition, middle schoolers are required to complete individual service outside of school hours. Service hours do not include volunteering at a for-profit business, activities in which a student is paid, or otherwise required activities. It also does not include the ordinary obligation one has to family, friends, and neighbors.
Graduating eighth graders who submit a cumulative 30 service hours or more during their time in middle school will receive the Distinguished Service Award. The St. Teresa of Calcutta Award will be presented to one student who will be selected from those who have received the Distinguished Service Award.