Prayer & Sacraments

Experience Christ Every Day 

Prayer and the sacraments are at the heart of everything we do at West Catholic High School. Responding to God’s invitation for intimate communion with Him, we foster the student’s relationship with God by encouraging and offering many opportunities for prayer and participation in the sacraments.

For more information, read about the benefits of living the liturgical calendar or watch the video below.

It is a universal human experience to recall the past and memorialize special events, like an anniversary or birthday. These celebrations help us remember our history, yet they can also bring us vitality in our present. The liturgical calendar transcends these experiences of time to direct us to our eternal end. “The genius of the liturgical year is the way it reminds us that time was transformed when the Divine Word became flesh.” West Catholic intentionally celebrates certain feast days throughout the year to remember the saving work of God in history and to proclaim the good work God wants to do in our lives today. 

St. John Paul II is the patron saint of West Catholic High School. Every year we celebrate John Paul II's Feast Day with Mass, a special Polish lunch, the JPII Games, trivia contests, Polish music and lessons focused on his life.

Date: October 22

Advent is a time of preparation for the joyous comings of Jesus Christ. West Catholic celebrates Advent with special morning prayers, Advent calendar activities, Advent wreaths and reconciliation.

Dates: Advent begins the Sunday nearest November 30, the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle, and covers four Sundays.

Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego and brought about many conversions in Mexico. West Catholic celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe's Feast Day with Mass in Spanish, a special Mexican lunch, Aztec dancers, Mexican music and lessons focused on the Marian apparition.

Date: December 12

St. Josephine Bakhita was a Sudanese woman who was horribly tortured and sold into slavery. She converted to Catholicism and was able to forgive those who harmed her. West Catholic celebrates St. Josephine Bakhita's Feast Day with Sudanese music, a Messages of Hope activity and lessons centered around her life and focused on the importance of forgiveness.

Date: February 8

St. Joseph's Feast Day commemorates the life of the stepfather of Jesus and the husband of Mary. West Catholic celebrates this feast day with Mass, Italian music, a special Italian meal and lessons centered around the life of St. Joseph.

Date: March 19

Lent is the 40-day liturgical season of fasting, special prayer and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. West Catholic offers opportunities for reflection, school Masses, a student presentation of the Lenten Tableau and Reconciliation during Lent.

Dates: Lent begins Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.

Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is always celebrated on a Sunday; however, West Catholic will also celebrate an Easter Mass during the school week in the Easter season.

Each academic department has a patron saint whom students learn about and ask of their intercession by praying a novena before their feast day.