O U R S C H O O L
The Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross opened St. Patrick Cathedral School in the fall of 1923 with 220 students in grades 1st through 7th. It was located in the community center at 1309 N. Stanton in what is now Cathedral High School. It was moved to the present location at 1111 N. Stanton in 1938. The Sisters of Loretto operated the school until 1976 when the first lay principal was appointed. Currently, the school houses 3k through 8th grade.
A C C R E D I T A T I O N
St. Patrick Cathedral School is fully accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference Accreditation Commission and AdvancEd, formerly known as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
The Diocese of El Paso sets the school curriculum which is adapted from the Common Core Curriculum Standards and teachings of the church. All curriculums meet or exceed state standards. The curriculum includes instruction in the areas of religion, language arts, science, mathematics, social studies, technology, health and physical education. It also includes art, foreign language, music and drama when feasible. Career education, drug education, and safety education are integrated into areas of the curriculum as appropriate. Citizenship, conservation of natural resources, social justice and understanding of the free enterprise system are correlated with instruction in appropriate curriculum offerings. The Texas Catholic Conference Education
Department (T.C.C.E.D.) determines the time allocated for instruction in each of these areas. Religious Education Curriculum: All students at St. Patrick Cathedral School receive instruction in the Catholic faith. The school has a comprehensive religious education program reflecting the needs of our school and parish community as set out by the United States Bishops’ Pastoral, To Teach as Jesus Did (1972); and the National Catechetical Directory, Sharing the Light of Faith (1977). The New Catholic Catechism (1994) serves as a resource document for religion teachers.
Students are prepared for the reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist in the second grade. Students who will be making their First Communion must have all required paperwork and certificates on file in the office before the last day of the first semester in December. Parents of students receiving the sacraments must attend sacrament preparation meetings. A special First Communion Mass is held in April or May. Any student in grades three through eight who has not received these sacraments and wishes to do so will be offered instruction. At Mass, students who have not made their First Communion and non-Catholic students will have the opportunity to approach the altar with their class. These students may cross their arms across their shoulders and receive a blessing from the priest or Eucharistic Minister. All students are to attend Eucharistic celebrations when scheduled as part of the school day. Reception of the sacrament of the Eucharist is reserved for Catholic students who have received proper instruction. All Catholic students in grades three through eight are offered the sacrament of Reconciliation when feasible during the school year, usually in Advent and Lent. Parents are expected to set an example for their children by showing reverence for and regular reception of the sacraments. Families are encouraged to pray together and attend Sunday Eucharist weekly. Furthermore, students and their families are strongly encouraged to attend and Mass at the Cathedral each second Sunday of the month. Any Mass is acceptable but especially the 10:00 a.m. Mass.
1ST H O L Y C O M M U N I O N
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are a very special events in the life of a child, the child’s family, and the life of the entire Parish. At St. Patrick Cathedral School we work with parents and children to make these two sacraments positive and memorable events for all participants.
1st Communion Information
• First Holy Communion Service takes place in April @ St. Patrick Cathedral Church.
• Students and parents participate in a 1st Communion Retreat/Reconciliations will take place in the church on this day.
• 2nd grade teacher provides the classes for those students making their 1st Holy Communion.