Founded in 1958 by the Sisters of St. Francis, the priests of the parish and the lay faculty and staff of St. Ignatius school continue the mission of educating students in the Catholic faith with Christ as their inspiration. St. Ignatius is dedicated to forming children to carry out the Gospel message of love of God, being active members in the Church, and service. To carry out this mission, we participate in many religion and service activities including:
Religion classes taught by teachers who are certified in religion by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and participate in religion continuing education courses
Daily prayer in class and special opportunities for whole school prayers such as the Rosary in October and May
First Friday Mass at 9:00 AM prepared by a class; students participate in liturgical ministries
Classes attend weekly Mass during Advent and Lent
Stations of the Cross and Benediction during Lent
Students have the opportunity to become Altar Servers in fourth grade
Opportunities for the Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation three times a year
Students participate in service projects as classes and as a school through Student Council and the Junior National Honor Society
Opportunities for older and younger students to mentor each other through programs such as Prayer Partners between 1st and 8th graders
Classroom visits by parish priests, seminarians, parish deacons, and other guest speaker
Each month, after our First Friday Mass, we recognize two students from each grade, Kindergarten to 8th grade with the St. Ignatius Award. This award goes to those students who demonstrate the virtues of our patron saint. After Mass, parents are welcome to the gym to take pictures in front of the Crusader mural.
Our Patron Saint
St. Ignatius of Antioch was among the Apostolic Fathers, was a Bishop of Antioch, and was a student of John the Apostle. Born in Syria, St. Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became bishop of Antioch. In the year 107, Emperor Trajan visited Antioch and forced the Christians there to choose between death and apostasy. St. Ignatius would not deny Christ and thus was condemned to be put to death in Rome.
St. Ignatius’s greatest priority was the unity and order of the Church. He was willingness to suffer martyrdom rather than deny his Lord Jesus Christ and ensure the unity of the Church. St. lgnatius did not want the focus to be on his suffering, but on the love of God which strengthened him. He knew the price of commitment and would not deny Christ, even to save his own life.
National Catholic Schools Week
At St. Ignatius and across the United States, Catholic Schools Week is a celebration of Catholic education. The National Catholic Education Association (NECA) selects a theme and each school plans activities around this theme. At St. Ignatius, Catholic Schools Week is a celebration of all the elements of our school that make it such a great place- students, parents, faculty, staff, friends, and the entire parish community.
EXPLANATION OF THIS YEAR'S THEME (TAKEN FROM THE NCEA):
The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2017 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” The annual observance starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2019 is January 27th to February 2nd. Schools typically celebrate Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open houses, and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and the community at large.
The theme encompasses several concepts that are at the heart of a Catholic education. First, schools are communities—small families in their own right, but also members of the larger community of home, church, city and nation. Faith, knowledge and service are three measures by which any Catholic school can and should be judged.
Students are prepared for and receive the following sacraments during their time at St. Ignatius. The teachers of those grades and the staff of the St. Ignatius Religious Education Office work together to prepare students as well as guide parents through the process.
Received in second grade, this sacrament allows the child to confess his or her sins to the priest and teaches God’s unconditional forgiveness. During the school year children receive the sacrament four times (September, December, February, and June).
Also known as the First Holy Communion, the celebration of the Eucharist signifies the first time when children are permitted to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. This sacrament brings the recipient closer to God while nourishing them spiritually. The sacrament of Eucharist is also received in second grade. All students in grades K-8 attend First Friday Mass each month, which one grade prepares, and one class attends daily Mass (rotating among the grades) each weekday during Advent and Lent.
A sacrament of mature Christian commitment and initiation, Confirmation is received in sixth grade with the intent of reinforcing the gifts of Baptism. Children prepare for Confirmation by understanding what it means to be a Christian under the Catholic faith. This ceremony is traditionally administered by the Bishop and recipients are accompanied by a sponsor or witness. Confirmation names are chosen as part of the celebration to signify the candidate’s newfound Christian identity. The students receive the sacrament in the spring after spending time preparing in their religion class. Part of that preparation involves class instruction and completing Works of Charity.