Catholic Identity & Spirituality | Identidad y Espiritualidad Católica
Annunciation Catholic School is a community rooted in our Catholic faith in partnership with Annunciation Catholic Church. In particular, we have been formed by rich legacy left by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Kansas who founded and taught in our school from 1890 until 2010, and sustained by the humble joy and generosity of Capuchin Franciscan Friars who call the parish home. As a Catholic school of the Archdiocese of Denver, we are committed to prayer, the sacraments, & imitating Christ in all we do as individuals & as a school community.
The Catholic sacraments are central of our school life, and mark important points of growth in the faith life of each student. We attend Mass every week as an entire school to receive the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ and be unified as members of his body. Each week, a different grade is responsible for planning mass, preparing the readings, and writing the Prayers of the Faithful. Our younger students spend a great deal of time each spring preparing for their First Reconciliation and first Holy Communion, and our older students also spend much time each spring in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. All of the older students go to Reconciliation several times each year, and always during the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent.
Our school is also deeply rooted in prayer, and it is our hope that through their education at Annunciation Catholic School, our graduates will not only be intelligent and innovative thinkers, but also young people with a vibrant, committed, and reflective prayer life. We begin every school day with a school-wide prayer and reflection that is led by an 8th grade student and the principal. We pray before lunch and before the end of the day, and in the middle school, most class periods begin with a student-led prayer. Many classrooms have prayer corners and places where students can offer up personal prayer intentions. Throughout the school year, students have opportunities to experience and learn from different styles of prayer. At Annunciation, we seek not only to teach the mind, but to equip the heart with the habits of mindfulness, reflection, gratitude, mercy, meditation, wonder & awe, and regular prayer.
Annunciation Catholic School is a community that believes in the importance of being a Catholic school not only in name but in character. To quote St. Basil Moreau, we hope that through the education we offer and our commitment to prayer and the sacraments, “We make God known, loved, and served” in the lives of our students and throughout our community.
Check out the Annunciation Cross! This cross icon was "written" (that is the official verb used when creating a religious icon) for the Annunciation community in 2013 - it depicts many of the people, past and present, who have shaped the vibrant community in and around Annunciation Catholic Church & School. On this portion of the icon around Jesus, you can see a Capuchin Friar (the order of Catholic Franciscan priests who operate Annunciation), A teacher, students in uniform, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Bruce Randolph (a generous restauranteur and community supporter who changed the Cole neighborhood), and even angels! Click on the image for a closer look!