Christian Community Service
Roanoke Catholic believes that service to school and community is an integral part of a Christian education; all students are involved in service projects. Beginning in kindergarten, each class partners in service to a particular local agency or organization, such as the Ronald McDonald House, St. Francis of Assisi Service Dogs, TAP, and the Southwest Virginia Food Bank.
Upper School Service
All students are required to perform 40 hours of community service each year. Students are to develop personal service projects, perform acts of service, and submit verification forms in a timely manner. Information on service opportunities both within the school and the broader community will regularly be made available. The number of verified service hours performed will be noted on each quarterly student report. If students have not completed the required service, or if they have not submitted verification, their report cards and/or transcripts will be withheld until their service hours have been completed.
Middle School Service
Middle School Students participate in the Saint House program. Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Grade students do good deeds for points. Community service hours that benefit the community, neighborhood, church or school in a non-paid volunteer capacity can be presented to their teachers for credit.
Every student is required to make a retreat once a year within the context of the school day.
- Holy Thursday is a half day of reflection for the whole school.
- Mustard Seeds – every parent is welcome to participate in the Roanoke Catholic Mustard Seeds Prayer Chain, which includes not only prayer intentions, but also readings, meditations and other faith resources.
- Those who want to participate in the planning of the religious education part of the curriculum are welcome.
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – First Friday of the Month, School Chapel 8 AM – 2:30 PM.
- Rosary – Tuesday mornings – 7:30
- Monthly Liturgy/Prayer Service at St. Andrew’s check calendar for date and time.
- Upper School Peer Ministry helps with retreats and class discussions.
- Prayer Partners – meets monthly with classes – Upper School paired with Lower School.
Roanoke Catholic Mustard Seeds Prayer Chain
The purpose of the RCS Mustard Seeds Prayer Chain is to strengthen the Roanoke Catholic School community through intercessory prayer and to provide prayerful support for those in need.
You will receive an email each week with the link to the Roanoke Catholic Mustard Seeds Prayer Chain as it is up-dated for an easy on-line connection.
All RCS Faculty, Staff, Parents and Students are welcome to submit prayers for our Prayer Chain. You do not have to be a member of the Prayer Chain List to send a prayer request, it is open to any Roanoke Catholic School friend.
Any intention you would like prayer for are welcome. Please:
- Keep your prayer request short and concise.
- Write the request as you want it to appear. (Prayer requests may be edited by the prayer chain coordinator if necessary for space or conciseness.)
- Send your Prayer Request to Beth Derringer, RCS Mustard Seeds Prayer Chain Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each prayer will be kept on the list for a month, unless you notify us differently.
When you send a prayer request your name is included after the body of the request when it is sent out to the prayer list members. This enables prayer chain members to send you notes of support, if appropriate. If, for privacy, you wish that your name not be used on a prayer request you send, please note that (in parenthesis) below your name. If you wish your prayer to be anonymous, you can put it in the box of intentions in the front hall at school and the prayers in that box will be on our list each week. (God knows what prayers are in there.)
The RCS Mustard Seed Prayer Chain is sent out once a week, unless an emergency arises and we need to put something out that calls for immediate attention.
1. ROANOKE CATHOLIC MUSTARD SEED NEWS
We will sometimes post news about what is happening with the Mustard Seeds. (The calendar on the web page will also have an up-dated list of events and meeting times.)
2. WEEKLY GOSPEL/MEDITATION & FAMILY CONNECTION
Here you will find the Gospel Reading for Sunday and a meditation to reflect upon. Family Connection will give some thoughtful questions pertaining to Sunday’s Gospel reading (which is always published) to discuss at your dinner tables or as you settle you family down.
3. THREE MINUTE RETREATS AND SONGS OF PRAISE & WORSHIP
Here there will be links to quiet meditations from Loyola Press that will reflect on the Gospel, the Liturgical Season or topics that are presented in the weekly readings. The Praise and Worship Music will give you the opportunity to listen to Popular Christian Music with up-lifting messages or songs from our Mass that provides support to the Gospel and/or Liturgical Season.
4. WEEKLY SCRIPTURE READINGS
The links here take you to the daily readings and also provide a reflection from writers at Creighton On-line Ministry.
5. ROANOKE CATHOLIC PRAYER INTENTIONS
To continue our main purpose, this section will hold our prayers to be lifted to the Lord. As always, please email email@example.com with any prayers you would like our community to lift up for you.
Please always check in on our ROANOKE CATHOLIC PRAYER INTENTIONS on the webpage to lift up friends and family in our community asking for prayer.
We are open to any suggestions you may have from Prayer Chains you are or have been involved with, or any new elements you think could enrich our Prayer Chain. Please feel free to send any feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We ask God’s Blessing over our Roanoke Catholic Mustard Seeds Prayer Chain and pray that He will guide us as we try to bring our wonderful school community together for Him.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a national organization that challenges coaches and athletes to use the power of athletics to impact our world for Jesus Christ. Athletes and coaches make a steadfast commitment to Jesus Christ and His Word through integrity, service, teamwork, and excellence.
The RCS chapter of the FCA is open to any student (athlete or not) in fifth through twelfth grade who want to take a leadership role and make a difference in their school, in their community, and in their parish. The monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 7:20am until 7:55am in the RCS cafeteria. Breakfast is always served, and each meeting features a speaker, worship music, or service project. Our FCA is especially dedicated to local charities and student involvement in the community.
Regional Churches Supporting RCS
Roanoke Catholic School is a regional school of the Diocese of Richmond that serves the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas. The parishes of St. Andrew’s, St. Gerard, Our Lady of Nazareth, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and Church of the Transfiguration contribute directly to the financial support of the school.
St. Andrew’s Catholic Church is located “on the hill” within walking distance of the school. RCS often holds school masses and ceremonies in this beautiful church.
Many other local parishes are represented in the student body at RCS. They include the following:
- Church of the Transfiguration – Fincastle, Virginia
- Holy Name of Mary – Bedford, Virginia
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church – Salem, Virginia
- Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church – Roanoke, Virginia
- Resurrection Catholic Church – Moneta, Virginia
- St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church – Roanoke, Virginia
- St. Gerard Catholic Church – Roanoke Virginia
- St. Jude Catholic Church – Radford, Virginia
- St. Mary’s Catholic Church – Blacksburg, Virginia
- St. Patrick Catholic Church – Lexington, Virginia
- St. Andrews Catholic Church – Roanoke, Virginia