Chapel services are a significant part of our community life at St. Catherine’s. We gather for chapel by division on a regular basis to celebrate the church, the world around us, as well as special events in the life of the School, We follow the Episcopal tradition which welcomes voices from diverse religious traditions. Students and faculty in all divisions are encouraged to participate in leading worship as readers, speakers, musicians, acolytes and ushers. Guest homilists are a regular part of our chapel services. Middle and Upper School students may participate on worship planning committees for their division, as well as join the Altar Guild. Students are required to attend all regularly scheduled services.
St. Catherine’s Episcopal identity is expressed through the following principles and ideals as articulated by the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES):
- School Worship that is creative, inclusive, draws fully upon the liturgical resources of The Episcopal Church, and is a regular part of school life for all faculty and students.
- Community Life, in which reflection, prayer and matters of the spirit are honored and cultivated and the physical, mental and emotional health of all are supported and nurtured.
- Religious Formation and Study that is meaningful, academically substantive, and age-appropriate; and in teaching the Christian tradition, which fosters dialogue with other faith traditions.
- Social Justice, which is the integration of the ideals and concepts of equity, justice, and a just society throughout the life of the school; the embracing and honoring of diversity; and the inclusion of service learning as an integral part of the life of the School.