Prayer

Prayer is an integral part of a solid Catholic education. Our school gathers each morning for morning prayer and at least once per week at Mass. Annunciation Catholic Academy students grow in faith and deepen their relationship with God.

See our prayer resource for more information.

Service

Mindful of the Gospel mandate to serve others, especially the poor and neglected, students at Annunciation Catholic Academy participate in many service projects throughout the year. Student involvement ranges from kindergartner classes holding an annual bake sale to National Junior Honor Society students hosting a shoe drive for those in need. Food drives during Lent and Advent are common, as are collection of clothing and school supplies for our sister school in San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic.

In an effort to be good stewards of our resources, the school tithes 10% of all fundraising efforts and donates the proceeds to those in need. Over the years, the Annunciation Catholic Academy community has contributed to building a new school after the tsunami in Sri Lanka, building a well in Nigeria, feeding the homeless in our local community, and providing books for migrant students in neighboring public schools. These projects are all reminders of the many blessing we have received from God and our need to share these blessings with others.

In middle school, students perform service activities throughout the community. Students are given opportunities to truly understand what is meant by Jesus’ commandment to love our neighbor. There is an emphasis not on just knowing the teachings of our faith, but on finding ways to put them into action.

Sacraments

The primary school children receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist with the parish community. Reconciliation preparation takes place in the first half of the school year with First Reconciliation taking place in November. The second half of the year is devoted to preparation for the Eucharist which takes place in May. First Communicants are also an important part of the May Crowning Ceremony with the Academy community.

In their last year at Annunciation Catholic Academy, students begin preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, which will culminate in their full acceptance into the Catholic Church.

Buddy Program

Each student in the primary grades has a buddy! Kindergarteners have an eighth grade buddy who escorts them to Mass and models good church manners. These buddies also work together throughout the year on other academic activities. First graders attend school Masses with their seventh grade buddies. In addition, first graders have third grade buddies to give them an opportunity to share books and practice reading skills. Second grade students are buddies with the fifth grade students. The fifth grade students model good reading practice to the younger students.