Spiritual Formation in the Catholic faith is an integral and rich facet of life at Clear Water Academy.
The Blessed Sacrament is reserved on campus in the school chapel. Chapel Masses for school staff and individual classes of students take place Monday through Thursday. On Friday's we celebrate Mass as an entire school body in our campus gymnasium or our auditorium. Parents are welcome to attend their child's class Masses and Friday school Masses. The schedule of class Masses is always available in our weekly newsletter. Monthly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament helps students build a prayerful and ever-deepening relationship with Christ. Students visit with their class and are welcome to visit at lunch or in spare moments. In addition, class visits to the chapel take place regularly during the school year. Out of respect for Christ, a prayerful and reverent attitude is to be maintained while in the chapel. As a sign of our belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, students are taught and expected to maintain a dignified posture while in the chapel.
Spiritual Direction is offered to students in Grade 7 and up, and to parents, teachers and staff. This is part of developing and nurturing the whole person. The Deans of Students, in collaboration with regular visits from our school Chaplain, support and nurture the spiritual development of the school community.
The Liturgical Year
Clear Water Academy pays special attention to the various liturgical seasons within the Church, such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. The special events at the school aim to continually nurture the school community’s love for the Christ and his Church. The school celebrates liturgical feast days such as All Saint’s Day, the Feast of Christ the King, the anniversary of the pope’s election, and the major Marian feast days. Parents and students are encouraged to take an active part in living the liturgical year with the Church through the activities and celebrations organized by the school.
Sacramental preparation is done through local parishes. In appropriate sacramental years, students at Clear Water Academy are given supplemental encouragement, support and information to enhance their parish experience. Prayer is the heart of Christian life and the student’s living relationship with Christ. To help students develop a prayer life, students are encouraged to participate in the active daily prayer life of the school: vocal prayer with the class and personal prayer in the chapel. Students are encouraged to spend time in adoration of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
Retreats are organized throughout the year for students, teachers and staff. Students in Grades 7 to 12 attend two retreats twice a year to foster their relationship with Christ and with one another.