As a school founded on the teachings and tradition of the Catholic Faith, Immaculate Heart Central’s spiritual life is centered on deepening both each individual student’s and faculty’s relationship with God as well as the unity of all the school community’s members in Christ. Just as it is important to examine one’s own conscience and try to improve in prayer and virtue, the element of communio or communion is fundamental and emphasized every day at IHC.
At IHC, students are called daily to reflect individually on their relationship with God. They are also called to celebrate and act on their faith together, as one body. The paramount example of the spiritual life at IHC is the monthly celebration of the holy sacrifice of the Mass. We have the privilege to come together as one school community to participate in the greatest act of Communion: the reception of the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Just as the Eucharist is the lifeblood of the Church, so is it the lifeblood of IHC.
In addition to monthly Mass, IHC has two penance services; one during Advent and one during Lent. The students have the opportunity to seek Christ’s infinite love in mercy in the sacrament of Reconciliation. The graces received in this sacrament not only restore and deepen our relationship with God, but also deepen our relationships with each other. Another unique event is the annual Retreat Day. This is a day where students have the opportunity to take some time out of the academic routine and enter into a day of solemn prayer, reflection, group activities, dynamic speakers, and sacramental graces through Mass and Benediction. Other opportunities offered for deepening our students’ spiritual lives are the March for Life pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., Stations of the Cross during Lent, and the May Crowning of our Blessed Mother. Last, but not least, every school day begins with unified Morning Prayer over the announcements. The benefits of beginning each day at IHC in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit transcends the most prestigious claims of the most renowned secular schools.