Religious Instruction at Holy Cross
In alignment with the mission of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas Schools, we strive to infuse our Catholic faith in every academic subject.
At Holy Cross School, we provide not only a formal program of religious instruction but also a loving, Christian atmosphere based on moral integrity and Catholic values. Our foundation of faith is infused in every aspect of instruction.
- Weekly Mass liturgies prepared by students
- Special prayer services
- All School Masses
- Advent Wreath Blessing, Stations of the Cross, Eucharistic Adoration, May Crowning
- Prayer integrated throughout the day – individually, in groups and with a partner
- Preparation for the sacraments
Morning prayer for the staff, Monday morning parent rosaries prayer services and Stations of the Cross are just a few of the Christ-centered events that take place here.
In you would like the full set of religion curriculum guides, they are available at the Archdiocese of Kansas City Catholic Schools website.
In addition to this, Catholic infusion by grade level includes:
Kindergarten – Students listen and respond to stories about Jesus and show they are children of God
First Grade – Students come to know Jesus through the Gospels, from the Immaculate Conception to the Resurrection. Through these stories, students learn they are an integral part of God’s Family.
Second Grade – Instruction focuses on preparation for receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion. Taking part in these sacraments encourages and further initiates the children into their roles within the Church Family. A First Communion Retreat is available for families who choose Catechesis of the Good Shepherd option.
Third Grade – Students study the lives of Saints and see through living examples how virtues such as humility, sacrifice and fortitude fall into the service of God.
Fourth Grade – Student focus on God by following the Ten Commandments and living the Beatitudes. They also continue social service efforts by sponsoring children in third-world countries.
Fifth Grade – Students focus on the Sacraments, the role of Mary and scriptural passages, and discuss the importance of these in their lives. Project Genesis, an Archdiocese-sponsored program, focuses on the life of a fifth-grader with emphasis on “You as an image of God” and practicing the cardinal virtues.
Sixth Grade – Students discover and learn the history of Judaism as told in stories within the Old Testament. Integrated within the sixth-grade religion curriculum is a special introduction to Social Justice. The students continue with Project Genesis and work to accept and understand the natural evolution of their relationships with one another.
Seventh and Eighth Grade – Students study the impact of Jesus on their lives as Christians. They analyze the personal qualities that Jesus displayed in New Testament stories such as Parables, Miracles and Beatitudes.
Theology of the Body is an integral part of their religious instruction and teaches ways they can respect themselves and one another.
Eighth-grade students spend the better part of the school year focused on final preparations for Confirmation. Preparations include organizing the Mission Carnival, a service project aimed at raising money to be allocated to charities in Kansas City and abroad.