Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School was established in 1872. A plaque in our lobby proudly proclaims that “Christ is the reason for this school, the unseen but ever present teacher in its classes, the inspiration for its faculty and the model for its students.” We know that it is through Christ that as the days, years, and decades have gone by we have grown stronger and more fully rooted in our mission of Faith, Academics, and Service. We hope you notice something different in our hallways and classrooms. We strive to create an environment wherein the love of Christ is evident. We are committed to the education of the whole child — mind, heart, body, and spirit — beginning in Preschool and continuing through eighth grade.
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School students celebrate Mass weekly as a school at Holy Name Parish. The school also offers a chapel for those seeking personal prayer throughout the day. Students receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation twice a year. Preparation for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation, Holy Communion, and Confirmation are part of the religion curriculum.
In addition to their weekly Mass day, students have religion class three days a week and a “Christ in Me” class one day per week. Preschool students use the program I AM Special published by Our Sunday Visitor. Kindergarten students use the program Seeds published by Phlaum Publishing Group. Students in first through eighth grade use the text We Believe and Liturgy and Worship published by William H. Sadlier. All materials used by our school are found to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Religion classes consist of learning the Catholic doctrine, praying together, and sharing one’s faith with the school community. The “Christ in Me” curriculum helps students make practical, daily application of Christ-like virtues in their lives. All faith traditions are honored within the framework of our religion curriculum.
In conjunction with the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church Youth Ministry program, as well as faculty-planned events, the majority of students at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School enjoy retreat opportunities throughout the year.
Second and eighth grade students celebrate the Sacraments of 1st Reconciliation, 1st Communion and Confirmation, respectively, and participate in retreat opportunities with their parents, guardians and sponsors, along with the Pastor and church and school staff members.
Fifth through eighth graders are offered the opportunity for off-site spiritual retreats coordinated by the Holy Name Church Youth Minister and the religion faculty at Holy Name School.
Seventh and eighth grade students travel to the Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp & Retreat Center for overnight retreat, and have also visited St. Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, Indiana, and the St. Margaret Chapel and meeting facility in Henderson, Kentucky.
Other retreats are held at local points of interest such as the Brain Injury Adventure Camp and Audubon State Park.
All retreat opportunities focus on pointing students toward Christ and feature important elements like prayer, meditation, Scripture reading, team-building, messages of valuing self and others, and the importance of service to all in imitation of Christ our Lord.
Spiritual retreats for students are the hallmark of Catholic education which focuses on the whole child -- not only in this life, but the life which is to come!