Our Catholic Faith
“Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last, the beginning and the end of everything. The Credo begins with God the Father, for the Father is the first divine person of the Most Holy Trinity; our Creed begins with the creation of heaven and earth, for creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God’s works.”
— The Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 198
Saint Anthony Catholic School is a VPK-8 school founded on faith, joined in prayer, and kept by God. Our Christ-centered approach provides for the spiritual growth and prosperity of our students where our students learn what it means to truly live and breathe their faith.
Our Catholic Faith in Practice
In addition to the infusion of our beliefs into all areas of academic study, our students participate in ongoing faith practices. By habitually practicing and connecting with our faith, we provide opportunities for our students to link their Catholic beliefs with their daily lives.
Our Faith-Filled Practices
Daily schoolwide and classroom prayers from morning assembly to dismissal.
Weekly adoration of the Blessed Sacrament hosted by students and joined by staff and families.
A weekly celebration of the Holy Mass.
Monthly observance of the First Friday adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Our school contributes regular works of mercy through contributions of our time, talents and treasures to local, state, national and international organizations.
Students participate in confessions three times a year.
Annual events and initiatives, such as Living Rosary, May Crowning, our annual Christmas pageant, and more.
The pinnacle of our mission at Saint Anthony Catholic School is to provide a strong eucharistic foundation for our students. By infusing our rigorous academic program with our Catholic beliefs in all areas and subjects, Christ remains at the center of all that we do, whether our students are participating in athletics or exploring modern technology.
Our students participate in daily religion courses, designed to deepen our students’ spirituality. The education provided at Saint Anthony Catholic School compliments the sacramental preparation throughout their faith formation life. We integrate faith, culture, and life experiences that nurture our elementary and middle school students and help them relate their beliefs to their community and the larger world around them.
Our Spiritual Community
In 1884, two years after the founding of the Catholic Colony that would eventually become San Antonio, Florida, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church hosted mass for the first time. Our historical Catholic church is not only still active today, but its presence near the Saint Anthony Catholic School campus ties together the fabric of our shared history.
While Saint Anthony Catholic School is now a diocesan school overseen by the Office of Catholic Schools and Centers, we are under the spiritual guidance of Saint Anthony Catholic Church’s pastor and are supported by our surrounding parishes and our global Catholic community. We are fortunate to have both priests and Francisican Sisters on campus, whose presence is an integral part of our school and who help to form faith life in our school.
Members of our school community, their families, and interested prospective families are welcome and encouraged to join us in worship at Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church adjacent to our campus. Please visit the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church for more information about their mass schedule, confession, events, and family faith formation, including RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults).
Faith Resources for Families
“…It is in the context of the family that we first learn who God is and prayerfully seek His will for us.”
Adults are encouraged to continue their spiritual journeys alongside their children. There is a wealth of faith formation opportunities for adults to fully immerse themselves in their Catholic beliefs. We encourage our families to implement faith practices at home to build their household into a domestic church.
In addition to parish-based programs, these following resources are suggested:
- Loyola Press’s Christ Our Life Family Catechesis Resources
- Catechism of the Catholic Church
- New American Bible — Revised Edition
- United State Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Daily readings and Reflections
- Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida Adult Faith Formation
- Dynamic Catholic Daily Inspirations
- Tool for Developing a Prayer Routine at Home