We pray together as a school community every morning and afternoon during the announcements, as well as at the beginning of classes.
Through the Eucharist
Recognizing that the Eucharist is the source from which all that we do comes, we gather as a school family for Eucharistic Liturgy approximately once a month, as well as on Holy Days of Obligation. The Eucharist is also available to students and faculty during our morning communion service, which is celebrated every Monday through Friday at 7:40 am in Our Lady of Grace chapel.
Spiritual growth and commitment often takes root through less formal, more focused religious experiences.
Each student and class is offered a number of retreat opportunities throughout the school year. Every student attends a day-long class retreat in partial fulfillment of their Religion credit and is offered an overnight weekend opportunity. The school publicizes a number of parish and Catholic organizational retreat opportunities as well.
The highlight of the Lenten season is the annual "All School Reconciliation Service!" Students prepare the day before in Religion Class" The following day, between 20 and 30 area priests come to the EC Coliseum and 400+ students, faculty and staff receive this great Sacrament!
Through Various Special Events
Religious knowledge is of little benefit without application in our lives. Each month, students have opportunities to put their faith into practice through a variety of special events or initiatives. Many are annual and others are spontaneous as the opportunities become apparent. They include:
See You At The Pole - Annual event in September where we gather around the flagpole, in the morning, to pray for our classmates, our community, and the upcoming school year.
May Crowning - Prayer services honoring our Blessed Mother, Mary, during religion classes.
National Catholic Youth Conference
Christmas on Campus- Annual event for the underprivileged children in the area.
During Respect for Life Month in October, Elyria Catholic participates in the "White Cross" project by placing 144 white crosses on the front lawn, representing the estimated 144 babies that are killed by abortion per hour in the United States. Please pray for an end to abortion!
Students gathered around the flagpole one morning in September to pray for our school, community, and country.
Christmas on Campus was once again an enormous success, due primarily to the generosity of so many in the Elyria Catholic community. We had approximately 130 underprivileged 1st graders come to our school home to celebrate the joy of Christmas, including a group of Southeast Asian refugee children.
Through Peer Ministry/Music Ministry
The privilege of being a Peer Minister is reserved to Junior and Senior class members who exemplify the characteristics necessary for modeling good Christian behavior. These men and women are the student spiritual leaders of Elyria Catholic. They play an active role in planning liturgies, social justice initiatives, and community outreach activities.
Music Ministry is open to any student who wishes to give back their musical/vocal gifts that God has bestowed on them. These students lead the music at all liturgies. Practices are on Friday after school as liturgies approach