Sacraments

Liturgy

As a Catholic institution, the Mass is of utmost importance for a faith-filled, educational experience.  At Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff participate in liturgy together once a week. Student led Masses take place on Wednesday mornings at 8:35 a.m.  If there is a Holy Day of obligation or other special celebration Masses during the week, the Mass day MAY change. Please consult the Liturgy Calendar for details. School Masses takes place at St. Francis Xavier Parish unless otherwise stated on the Liturgy Calendar.  There is also an opportunity to meet before Mass for Rosary.  All are welcome to come celebrate with us.

Reconciliation

Twice a year our students attend the sacrament of Reconciliation as a school. Students go once during Advent and once during Lent, as a way to prepare for the beautiful celebrations at the end of each liturgical season.  Students and their families are encouraged to take part in this great sacrament as often as they can.

Reconciliation is offered at St. Francis Xavier in De Pere on Saturdays from 3:15-3:45pm and at St. Mary’s in De Pere on Saturdays from 3:30-4:15pm.  One may also call the parishes for individual times.

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Eucharist

Students in 2nd grade will have the opportunity to prepare for and receive their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion through St. Francis Xavier and St. Mary Parishes. Students will prepare for both sacraments in the classroom by using the “Call to Celebrate” religious textbook series. They will also need to attend a Saturday retreat for each sacrament, outside of regular school hours. First Reconciliation is normally the first week of December. While First Holy Communion is held on two separate Sundays normally in late April/early May. In order to receive both of these blessed sacraments through St. Francis Xavier or St. Mary parishes, a student must be baptized Catholic. Any Notre Dame of De Pere student may receive their sacraments at St. Francis Xavier or St. Mary parishes.

Every week during the school year each student that has made their First Holy Communion has the opportunity to receive the Eucharist during the student led Mass.