Religion is an integral part of every day life at SLKF, as well as an academic subject. Students learn that being Catholic is not just about one class, but that it is a way of life. Every student is expected to embrace Christian standards in all they do. Heavy emphasis is placed upon living out our Catholic beliefs through prayer, service and learning how we can help others. Each day begins with a prayer and sharing of intentions. Students in Middle School lead the class in prayer. Students in seventh grade create their own prayer services to share with the class. The Loyola Press Christ Our Life and the Pflaum Publishing Gospel Weeklies series are used in Kindergarten through seventh grades, as well as a variety of additional educational and supplemental resources. Grades PK3 and PK4 use a specially designed early childhood religious program called Discovering God (Sadlier). All aspects of the Catholic religion are explored including the Sacraments, different types of prayer, Church history, Catholic social teaching and service to others. Second grade receives Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion. Kindergarten through seventh grades attend Mass on a weekly basis and on holy days of obligation. Each class is responsible for preparing, reading and participating in school masses. Students also read during monthly Sunday School Parish Masses.
Each First Friday, the school celebrates Exposition and Adoration of the Holy Eucharist. During Advent, the whole school prays together in the morning and lights the Advent wreath. The Living Nativity is presented by the seventh grade class, which is always held the night before the closing of the Christmas Holidays. The faculty and administration give each role specifically to a student based on his or her personal qualities that are exhibited throughout their middle school years. It is an honor for an SLKF student to be chosen for specific roles. Kindergarten presents a Nativity play during the Christmas Mass. During Lent, the whole school attends Stations of the Cross weekly and the fourth grade presents a Passion Play. Students also have the opportunity to go to confession during Advent and Lent. Service projects are done several times a year, benefitting several different local and national agencies. Middle school coordinates these projects. Other special projects during the year include the Living Rosary, Archdiocesan-wide masses, a student-centered St. Joseph’s altar, buddy projects with older and younger students, a pet blessing, Saints’ celebrations, Catholic Schools’ Week, the Homeless Simulation for 6th grade, Calling All 5th Graders, 7th Grade Retreat and the May Crowning.
Non-Catholic students are expected to participate in Religion classes and activities. This position is made clear to the students and their parents at the time of registration. While they are responsible for the subject matter, religious beliefs of the Catholic faith are not forced upon non-Catholic students. Non-Catholic students attend weekly Mass but do not receive Holy Communion. At present, 20% of the student body is of other faiths.