A community of faith isn’t something I truly experienced until I started high school. As soon as I stepped in the doors at Assumption I felt myself surrounded by faith. Every morning starts out with prayer. It was here that I became interested and fully immersed in my theology classes. There are always opportunities to participate and get involved in prayer services and masses. But perhaps the biggest contributor to our community of faith is the retreat program. Personally I wasn’t keen on the idea of missing school to go somewhere new and do something about which I had very little knowledge. However, after attending my freshman retreat, I was hooked. I can now proudly say I attended all four years of retreat. Every retreat had a strong impact on me and changed my life in some way. These retreats are strongly encouraged for all students regardless of religion. Assumption is even willing to help out with financial aid if one needs it to attend. While each person's retreat experience is unique, nearly everyone comes back feeling renewed, refreshed, and reconnected to God. We are also encouraged to pray for those who go on retreat. Seniors are even given the chance to lead a freshman retreat. Catholic schools don’t let students feel exclude when it comes to sharing the faith.
I can only personally speak from my experience at Assumption, but for me a Catholic school is a community, a community of which everyone would be blessed to be a part. Catholic schools share all these values. They all encourage their students to be faithful, studious, and generous with service.