Catholic Identity

The Hands, Heart, and Feet of Christ


Rooted in our Catholic faith, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School has taught thousands of students in response to the commission of Jesus to teach all nations. Students build a strong faith foundation through participating in Mass, daily prayer, religious formation, and community service. Our faith-filled community teaches all students to be the Hands, Heart, and Feet of Christ.

Eucharistic Celebrations

Celebration of the Holy Eucharist at Mass is integral to the St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School community. Students in grades 1 through 8 attend liturgy every Wednesday and Friday. Kindergarten students attend on Thursdays and once a month with the whole school. By the end of the school year, students will have attended Mass about 79 times. Parents are invited to celebrate with their children at the special all school Masses.


Preparation for Holy Sacraments each year is a joyous time for our faith community. Students baptized in the Catholic Church prepare for and receive Holy Sacraments. Both the Sacrament of Penance and First Holy Communion are received in 2nd Grade. The Sacrament of Confirmation is received in 8th grade.

Saint Families

Students are encouraged to get to know one another as members of the Body of Christ through the Saint Family program. Younger students are partnered with middle school students, who collaborate on activities and meetings, and sit together during Friday mass. Partners are part of Saint Families, who research their personal saints, gather for prayer, celebrate feast days, and join each other for activities. The Saint Family program promotes mentorship, trust, and community among students.

Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline Program

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School is committed to nurturing a positive, caring school environment. When faced with challenges of conflict, we find solutions that cultivate virtue for ourselves and one another. Through the implementation of Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD), SMMA instills virtues that are integral to our Catholic identity. These habits are modeled to provide a strong foundation for fostering our faith relationship with Jesus Christ and with others.

To learn more about religious formation in the classroom, please see the Year At A Glance for each grade.