The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is rooted in the faith tradition of the Catholic Church; the charism of our foundress, Saint Julie Billiart; and the legacy of service of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
Through their lives and actions, and guided by the seven Hallmarks of the Notre Dame learning community, our students and graduates proclaim the goodness of God.
Prayer and Worship
“You will find in prayer the strength for your journey.” - Saint Julie
The Notre Dame community begins each day in prayer, led by Campus Ministry members. Each Wednesday, students and faculty gather for Community Prayer, with members of Campus Ministry and other members of our school community offering scripture readings, prayers for intercession, and reflections.
Our community gathers for Mass throughout the liturgical year, with students in all grade levels taking an active role in the liturgy as readers, cantors, gift bearers, and altar servers. Sacred music, offered by the Academy’s liturgical choir and instrumentalists, deepen and support our worship. There are many opportunities for families to become engaged in the liturgical life of the school community.
Welcome Mass for New Families: This is an opportunity for all new sixth grade, ninth grade, and transfer students and their families to gather as a faith community and meet one another in a shared faith experience through liturgy.
The Opening Liturgy: The Opening Liturgy is the first liturgy of the year where the entire school comes together to celebrate as a community. The sixth grade receives a sunflower pin as a powerful reminder to follow God like the sun. The ninth grade receives a Saint Julie medal as a reminder of her charism and desire to serve the poor.
Open House Liturgy: We welcome prospective families to Notre Dame for Open House and share our commitment to our faith together through celebration of Sunday Liturgy.
Mass of the Immaculate Conception: We celebrate the Blessed Mother, who was born without sin and chosen by God to be the Mother of God. Mass is celebrated with the school community.
Ring Mass: The Junior Class gathers with their families to celebrate Mass and to receive their class rings. The class rings symbolize their unity as a class. This is also an occasion to celebrate their roles as leaders in the school community.
Advent: During Advent, a weekly Mass is celebrated in the Mansion chapel. Advent is a time of preparation as we await both the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas and the second coming of Jesus.
Saint Julie Liturgy: Each February, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur return to campus to join the Notre Dame community in prayer as they gather to remember the life and charism of their Foundress, Saint Julie Billiart. During the Mass, the Sisters affirm the vows made on the day of their profession, praying, "We ask you, our good God, to keep us faithful so that we may stand with the poor in the most abandoned places, build community on earth, and proclaim your goodness all the days of our lives."
Ash Wednesday Liturgy: The Notre Dame community begins the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday with prayer and fasting. During Mass, Christians receive ashes on their forehead as a reminder to repent and believe in the Gospel.
Lenten Liturgies: Each week during Lent, Mass is celebrated in the Mansion chapel. The 40 days of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday. It is a time of fasting, abstinence, self-discipline, and prayer.
Ascension Thursday: Forty Days after Easter the Notre Dame community celebrates the ascent of Jesus’ body and soul into heaven. On Ascension Thursday, Mass is celebrated with the school community.
Students and faculty participate in a community Reconciliation service with opportunities for individual confession each semester, and are invited to pray the Rosary during the months of October and May.
Campus Ministry Team
“Our life will never be long enough to thank the good God.” - Saint Julie
Middle and upper school students are invited to join Campus Ministry as participating members or as team leaders who plan and facilitate activities. The goal of Campus Ministry is to provide service opportunities, faith enrichment, retreats, and pastoral care to our Notre Dame community.