HOLY ANGELS CATHOLIC CHURCH
Teaching the Youth
It's delightful to ponder Jesus as a child. He was an educator even then and they yearned for His word. Our children thirst as well to know about our Lord and His Church. What a joy it is to share in their first steps towards growing stronger in their faith.
Religious Education is for children grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. We cover the sacrament of First Communion in the 2nd grade and Confirmation in the 8th grade. Classes are on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Holy Angels School. We begin classes in September and run through the first week of May.
Registration information is mailed out in April to all parishioners to allow for early registration. We want to prepare for our first night of classes and also be considerate to those volunteer catechists who like to plan accordingly to bring their excitement and love of the Catholic Faith to your children.
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HOLY ANGELS SCHOOL
Holy Angels Catholic Parish and School, Aurora, IL is a community of priests, educators, parents, and parishioners dedicated to providing a combination of religious and academic excellence in its educational program.
The school, with an enrollment of over 400 students, is the largest Catholic school in the Rockford diocese. Holy Angels is the only elementary school that is a STEM School in the diocese. Programs are offered from pre-school through eighth grade. In addition to basic academic subjects, Holy Angels offers other educational opportunities, including computer classes in grades K-8 and accelerated math classes in grades 6-8. An emphasis on music and fine arts is evident in the school's concert band, chorus, and general art and music programs. Resources are available to children who need special help with basic academic skills. An extended care program offers quality supervised care from 6:30 AM before school and after school until 5:30 PM.
The school boasts a large number of after-school clubs and activities. These clubs include drama, physical education, and math.
Holy Angels excels in sports as well as academics. The school's football teams are made up of 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys. Grades 5-8 participate in both the girls' and boys' basketball teams. Girls in grades 5-8 are eligible for the volleyball team, and students in the upper four grades are also able to participate in the school's track and soccer teams. Cheerleading is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls.
Holy Angels students engage in numerous Christian service projects,
ranging from collecting food for the parish's food pantry to supporting Catholic missions in Peru, and other countries. Each month one class from Holy Angels visits a nearby nursing home to assist at liturgies and visit with the residents.
Prayer receives major emphasis at Holy Angels. The children are involved in planning and participating in the liturgy, attending Mass once a week as a school and are asked to go on Sunday as a family. Pupils pray together in the classroom at the beginning of the morning and afternoon sessions, at the end of the day and before the noon meal. A portion of the rosary is recited each day and special prayer services are also held from time to time in classrooms. Morning prayer is led over the public address system by a different child each day. Prayer is offered for the concerns of the community, the nation, and the world as well as the personal needs and intentions of the individuals and families.
At Holy Angels, the parents are active and involved as well as the children. The school has over 300 parent volunteers who work at everything from overseeing lunchtime and the playground to serving as room mothers and teacher's helpers. The Home and School Association is also active in supporting fundraising and all school activities. The high level of parental involvement is evident in the attendance at November parent-teacher conferences, which is always close to 100% participation.
The excellence of Holy Angels' academic program is manifested in its high standardized testing scores, numerous scholastic awards and prizes, and the success of its graduates in high school, college, and beyond. Projects from the science fair and history fair advance to the regional level and capture top honors at the state level.
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