Catholic Identity

Statue of St. Joan in the school's church.The Catholic Identity of St. Joan Antida High School embraces that every child is a child of God and deserving of love and service. The Catholic School serves to form young people to not only be educated, but to become people of faith and good moral character.

Over the years there have been many writings that affirm the role of Parents, Teachers, and the Religiously Ordained in providing a Catholic Education for all children who come to be served. In partnership with parents, teachers, and the religious, St. Joan Antida High School embraces young women of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds so that they will develop who they are called to be as children of God.

The Role of the Catholic School

"Among educational means the Christian faithful should greatly value schools, which are principal assistance to parents in fulfilling their educational task."
Code of Canon Law (1917, revised 1983)

"Community is at the heart of Christian education not simply as a concept to be taught but as a reality to be lived."
To Teach As Jesus Did (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1972)

"The school is a place of integral formation. Its task is fundamentally a synthesis of culture and faith. A synthesis of faith and life."
The Catholic School (Congregation for Catholic Education, 1988)

"The Catholic school is at the heart of the Church."
The Catholic School on the Threshold of the 3rd Millennium (Congregation for Catholic Education, 1997)

The Role of Parents In the Catholic School

"The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute."
Declaration on Christian Education (2nd Vatican Council, 1965)

The Role of Teachers In the Catholic School

"Teaching has an extraordinary moral depth and is one of man's most excellent and creative activities, for the teacher does not write on inanimate material, but on the very spirits of human beings."
The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium (Congregation for Catholic Education, 1997)

"The entire effort of the Catholic school teacher is oriented towards an integral formation of each student."
Lay Catholics in Schools: Witnesses of Faith (Congregation for Catholic Education, 1982)

The Role of Religious in The Catholic School

"When it [Catholic Education] is animated by lay and consecrated persons that live the same educational mission in sincere unity, the Catholic school shows the face of a community that tends toward an increasingly deeper communion."
Educating Together (Congregation for Catholic Education, 2007)

"By living their vocations with generosity and eagerness, consecrated persons bring to schools their experience of a relationship with God, based on prayer, the Eucharist, the sacrament of Reconciliation, and the spirituality of communion that characterize the life of religious communities."
Consecrated Persons & Their Mission In the School (Congregation for Catholic Education, 2002)

Sacramental Life at SJA

All School Mass:

All students participate in monthly Mass celebrated at the Three Holy Women, St. Rita Parish.
(Please see the School Calendar for dates and times).

Daily Prayer:

The SJA school community comes together in prayer before each meal and as part of our morning announcements.

Seasonal Prayer Services:

SJA holds prayers services during the Advent and Lent seasons.

Pack the Chapel:

Held at lunch periods during the Lenten Season.

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