Student Life

Give to the Lord, you families of nations, give to the Lord glory and praise; Give to the Lord the glory due His Name! Bring gifts, and enter His presence; worship the Lord in holy attire. – 1 Chronicles 16:28-9

A Catholic Commitment

True Catholic education trains the intellect to find the truth in all areas: in science, in literature, in history, in mathematics.

Seton education stresses the importance of absolute truth and unchanging moral values in every class taught.

True Catholic education knows the perfect harmony between faith and reason.

Seton education teaches apologetics and logic so the student can defend his faith, and shows that knowledge of the Catholic faith illuminates all areas of study.

True Catholic education honors and imparts the teachings of the Holy Father.

Seton education presents doctrine and moral teachings completely, according to the intellectual level of the child each year, and includes in all faculty contracts a clause requiring loyalty to the Magisterium of the Church.

True Catholic education prepares the student to face the problems of the modern world.

Seton education teaches the student to apply eternal truths to current issues, using reason and logic to see how best these challenges can be met.

True Catholic education is pro-life.

Seton education integrates pro-life principles throughout the curriculum, dismisses school each year so the students and faculty may attend the March for lIfe, welcomes pro-life speakers and encourages participation in pro-life activities. As a requirement for graduation, Seton seniors must participate in a pro-life speech competition.

True Catholic education leads the student from knowledge of God to love of God.

Seton education stresses the importance of the lived Catholic life, of morality and virtue. Seton provides many and regular opportunities for grace. The school week begins with Mass a nearby All Saints Church, and there is a second Mass each week on Friday at school. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is regularly available. In addition, there is Eucharistic adoration, daily Rosary, Seasonal devotions (such as Advent Wreath, Stations of the Cross, May Crowning), novenas, an annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Maryland; First Friday Devotion, days of recollection and retreats. At Seton, school is not in session on Holy Days of Obligation.

SPIRITUAL ACTIVITIES

The Seton school week begins with Monday Mass at 8:30 a.m. at All Saints Church. Students must arrive on time and be in proper school uniform (including only Seton-approved outerwear) before they enter the church. Juniors and Seniors are required to sign in before Mass and all students must be in their pew before Mass begins. All students are required to sit together, in the assigned pew, with their class in the front rows of the center section of the church; girls on the left, boys on the right. This seating arrangement fosters unity among the classes, allows for efficient and organized attendance, and promotes a cohesive and structured image for Seton. Special permission may be granted only by the Director for students to sit anywhere other than with their class. Students who arrive early for Mass at All Saints should go into church and prepare themselves for Mass. Students are not to socialize in the church vestibule. Classes begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday. A second school Mass is held at the school each week on Friday. Students must be in proper uniform (including outerwear) and sit with their classes as at All Saints. School is dismissed at 3:00 pm on that day.  The time of the Mass will depend on the priest’s schedule and will be announced each week in the school newsletter, the Sentinel.

The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the Seton chapel.  Students are encouraged to make visits during the day.  Parents and friends are welcome to visit our Lord in the chapel.

Seton families celebrate Mass together and ask God’s grace for the coming school year, usually in midSeptember.

The Rosary is prayed at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday-Friday in the Seton chapel.  Attendance is voluntary.

Classes are opened with prayers at the teacher’s discretion. The Angelus and grace are said at the noon hour.

This is held on the third Wednesday of each month. The time depends upon availability of a priest or deacon.  Students are to maintain a reverent silence on the way to Holy Hour and while waiting to begin.

A praesidium of the Legion of Mary meets weekly at Seton.

During the school year, days of recollection and retreats are scheduled for the students.   When such activities are held during school hours, attendance is required for all students.

An evening of fun, games and spiritual activities, which include Mass, Confession, Eucharistic Holy Hour and prayer and praise through music, is held once a year.

We walk to the cemetery across from All Saints Church after Monday morning Mass. Each homeroom meets at an assigned grave and prays a decade of the Rosary for the faithful departed.

The whole school processes around the block with the Blessed Sacrament under a canopy in honor of Christ the King.  Families are welcome to attend.

Each year on January 22nd, the anniversary of Roe v Wade, Seton has no school so that all students and families may attend the March for Life in Washington DC. Participation is strongly encouraged. The Seton community gathers to pray the Rosary at the steps of the Supreme Court before the March begins. The Sentinel will have specific details.

On the first Sunday of May, we hold an all-day family pilgrimage to Mother Seton’s Shrine and the Lourdes Grotto in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to give thanks for the blessings we have received and to pray for the continued success of our school. The day includes Mass, Rosary and a picnic. Participation is voluntary but strongly encouraged.

The May Queen and attendants are selected  from the student  body  by  the student body.   The May Crowning is held the week after Mother’s Day.

This Mass is celebrated at the end of May or the beginning of June and opens graduation exercises.

It was during high school at Seton School that the cradle Catholic began to own his faith.  “That’s where I fell in love with (it) – the philosophy, the theology, the sacraments,” he said.  “To be surrounded by all these teachers and parents trying to live their faith – that example had a huge impact on me.”

Sean O’Hare

“Seton School…is a college prep school with outstanding teachers in Religion, English, Science, Math, Arts, and Foreign Languages. Every student can participate in sports, theater, a variety of clubs, and community service.  There is a firm commitment to learning humility and developing courage…”

 

The Dalrymple Family

“Wonderful doesn’t say enough. I can’t imagine having my kids at any other school. The community is great, the teachers are great, and the authenticity of the corporate witness to the Catholic faith is amazing.”

 

Vincent Terreri

Seton School

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