Faith Life



As a Catholic institution, the Mass is of utmost importance for a faith-filled, educational experience. At Notre Dame of De Pere, students, faculty and staff participate in liturgy together once per week. Student-led Masses are scheduled to 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, 220 S. Michigan St., De Pere, 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.


Twice each 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. For information about Reconciliation times at our parishes, please see the Our Parishes page for more information.


Students in second 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 also will 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 or 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 who has made their First Holy Communion has the opportunity to receive the Eucharist during the student-led Mass.