Faith – Our Catholic Tradition
Catholic schools exist to make God known through a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, with strong roots in both Catholic identity and academic excellence. The Catholic Community of Alpena recognized the need for their children in 1888, and that need continues today. As a Catholic school, All Saints actively participates in the evangelizing mission of the Church. Schools based on a religious foundation have an advantage over their counterparts. The community and its central institution, the Church, provide the social capital which can give the school staff and the family the support necessary to discourage youth in their care from merely taking the easiest path to high school. Catholic schools are instruments of the Church, reaching out to young people within our communities with Christ’s teachings about life, death, and resurrection. Next to the family, schools are the most important institutions in the development of the child. “Parents and teachers must collaborate openly and constructively to form children in core values which enable them to face modern challenges” (Pope Francis, 1/5/2018).
Catholic schools are designed to develop the intellectual abilities of children, teach them to love others, to make good judgements, and to develop good work habits. Continuing to offer a solid Catholic education within our community is vital. Alpena and the surrounding communities need options for developing students in middle school and high school. With Catholic education always at the heart of our Catholic mission, All Saints Parish and School must remain a place where children can be exposed to the invitation which Christ extends to us to love one another as God loves His children. All Saints Catholic School is a place of hope and growth for the future.
Mass & Prayer
The Celebration of the Holy Eucharist is integral to life in our Schools. Along with weekend Mass with their families at their respective parishes, students also attend Mass with their classmates during the week. We celebrate Mass with our Parish Priests every Wednesday throughout the academic year in St. Mary Church.
Stations of the Cross are celebrated on Fridays throughout the season of Lent
Each morning we begin our school day with prayer led by our Principal. We learn a new praise and worship song each month
We pray before our meal each day as a classroom
We pray the Angelus each day before mid-day recess