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5.a Liturgical Life of the School: Opening School Year Celebration - Elementary Sample
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Description of Activity

  • Liturgical Celebration to open the school year and introduce the vision or theme for the year

SMART Goal Design - Is this goal...

  • Specific?
  • Measurable?
  • Attainable?
  • Result-oriented?
  • Time-bound?

Goal/Expected Result

  • The principal will work with staff, students and clergy to prepare the Eucharistic celebration to open the new school year and introduce the vision or theme for the year


  • Board Liturgical Calendar
  • Living with Christ (complete monthly edition)
  • Catholic Book of Worship III
  • Glory and Praise Volume I, II, III
  • Rise Up and Sing (Cassettes/CDs with music book)
  • Directory for Masses with Children
  • Children’s Lectionary

Relevant Catholic Theme(s)

  • Faith
  • Hope
  • Mystery, Wonder and Awe


  • CGE1a Illustrates a basic understanding of the saving story of our Christian faith
  • CGE1c Actively reflects on God’s Word as communicated through the Hebrew and Christian scriptures

How will success be determined?

  • The community will gather to celebrate the Eucharist on the designated day
Contributors Tasks
School Administration
  • Gather a Pastoral Team from among the staff together to prepare the liturgy
  • Consult and include parish priest in preparation
  • Ask secretary to complete related tasks
School Staff: Teachers, Education Assistants
  • Provide art to decorate the gym
  • Suggest names of students to act as Ministers of the Word
  • Invite qualified staff to volunteer to be Eucharistic Ministers
  • Participate in the overall preparation of the liturgy as determined by their teachers’ leadership
Process Stages Details and Considerations

Late June

  • Principal, in consultation with staff, identifies the theme for the next school year, with consideration of the Board theme and that identified by OCSTA for the upcoming Catholic Education Week
  • Book parish priest for Eucharistic celebration

Late August

  • Meet with Pastoral Team to assist with preparation of the liturgy
  • Prepare the liturgy

Early September

  • Teachers to involve students in preparation of art work consistent with the school theme to be used in the opening celebration
  • Teachers identify students who will be Ministers of the Word
  • Eucharistic Ministers are identified
Mid September
  • Immediate preparation, including practicing music and readings
  • Celebration of the opening liturgy

Effectiveness (degree to which goal has been achieved)

  • Teachers will engage students in a reflection on the liturgy after it has been celebrated. The purpose of this will be to reflect on the school year theme, etc.


Follow Up/Next Steps

  • Pastoral Team meets with principal to assess liturgy
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