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Faith Formation

Holy Rosary Catholic School is dedicated to the faith formation of it's children. On this page you will find events and activities that demonstrate the things we do to help students  reach their God-given potential.

Faith formation activities and games:



Holy Rosary Families - Weekly Faith Formation Lesson

January 23, 2018


Jesus told us that the sacrament of Baptism is necessary for salvation (Jn 3:5) and commanded His disciples to go to all nations and baptize in His name (Mt 28:19).  He gave no other certain way for a person to enter into the kingdom of God.  This is why the church baptizes infants and has such a missionary character.  Baptism is the ordinary means by which we enter God’s family.  And yet…

The unbaptized who suffer martyrdom for the faith are said to have received Baptism of blood, and are saved. Those who are preparing for Baptism, and have repented of sin and practice charity, but die before receiving are saved by Baptism of desire. Those who are ignorant of the gospel but seek truth and act according to their understanding of the will of God, can be saved.  Our Lord’s desire to save all mankind, and His tenderness toward children, allow us to hope for the salvation of children who have not been baptized.  Our duty as Christians is to proclaim the gospel and invite others to Baptism, to ensure the Baptism of children in our care, and to pray for those who die without the sacrament.

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1257-1261

November 14, 2017

   Pope Francis has declared this Sunday, November 19, the first annual World Day of the Poor (WDP).  The theme for WDP is from 1John 3:18, Let us love, not with words, but with deeds.  Francis encourages us to not only provide for the poor, but to encounter the poor: to be with them, talk with them, treat them with dignity.  He reminds us that we are all poor, in various ways.  In the logo for WDP, two hands meet through a doorway. One hand helps the poor by reaching out in charity, the other helps the rich by drawing him out of himself.

  Our school will observe WDP by holding a Hunger Banquet this Friday at 1:30.  The students will be divided into groups that are proportional to the world population, based on food availability and security.  They will be served a “meal” that would be typical for their group.  The smallest group represents the 20% of the world’s population that makes over $8500 per year.  The middle group is the 30% of the world that makes $2140 to $8500.  Just over 50% of the world’s population makes less than $2135 per year, or $5.45 a day. 

   During the meal we will talk about the causes of poverty and food insecurity.  We will explore Catholic social teaching and talk about what we can do to help others. Speakers will share their experiences from mission trips.  The students will have family group discussions and share their thoughts. Teachers will be discussing this in their classrooms before and after the event.

   Please note: The students will already have had lunch. No one will actually be hungry; we are just illustrating the discrepancies in food distribution around the world.  Please talk with your children about the banquet.  Whether they received a full meal, or rice and water, their experience should help them be more empathic toward the poor, and consider their own consumption of material goods as well.

To learn more, and for ideas about how your family can encounter the poor, visit:  


http://www.pcpne.va and click on World Day of the Poor
Saint Vincent de Paul Society, 805 S. Holmes Av. 208-522-6280





October 31, 2017

   November is the month of the holy souls: those who have died in a state of grace, but are not yet perfect.  They are being purified, so that they may enter into - and stay in – heaven.  We can help them get to heaven more quickly with our prayers, especially by the use of indulgences. A plenary indulgence is the total remission of temporal punishment due to sin; a partial indulgence is just that: a partial remission of temporal punishment due to sin. 

   On any and each day from November 1 to 8 A plenary indulgence--applicable only to the souls in Purgatory--is granted to the faithful who: · devoutly visit a cemetery, and · pray, if only mentally, for the departed.

   SPECIAL for Nov 2nd (All Souls' Day) A plenary indulgence--applicable only to the souls in Purgatory--is granted to the faithful who: · devoutly visit a church or an oratory, and · recite an "Our Father" and the Creed.

   Practice this Spiritual Work of Mercy anytime, all year long! A partial indulgence--applicable only to the souls in Purgatory--is granted to the faithful who: · devoutly recite the prayer "Eternal Rest" (which is given below): "Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace."

Here’s what you need to do for an INDULGENCE: First, you can get only ONE Plenary Indulgence per day (but usually no limit on partial indulgences per day!). Second, you must be in a state of grace (not have any unconfessed mortal sins on your soul), and these three conditions must accompany the act needed to gain the indulgence: 1. You must receive the Sacrament of Confession about 20 days before or after the indulgence is to be gained. 2. You must receive Holy Communion on that day on which you perform the indulgenced act. 3. You must recite prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father (the prayers you choose to pray are up to you, but an “Our Father” and a “Hail, Mary” are suggested). Finally - you must not have any attachment to sin, even venial sin

From Holy Heroes.com. Visit their blog for more information and lots of fun faith activities!


Prayer of Consecration of Holy Rosary School

to our Blessed Mother, Mary

October 13, 2017

Most Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary, tender mother of all, today we consecrate Holy Rosary School in Idaho Falls, ldaho—the buildings and people—to your Immaculate Heart.

We ask you to intercede with your Son Jesus to bless our school. May every classroom and hallway, the cafeteria and gymnasium, the offices, library, STEM house and playground be entrusted to your care and protection. May the love of our teachers and staff witness to God's love for us and draw all those they touch to your Son Jesus. May their devoted teaching and caring bring forth a bountiful harvest of knowledge and grace for their students.

Coming from varied backgrounds and walks of life, we ask you to bless every person who is part of Holy Rosary School. We ask for your special blessing upon Father Raul, Father Carlos, our deacons, and the members of our parish. Bless our principal Mrs. Van Pelt, our teachers and staff, our students and their families. 

We honor the memory of missionary priests like Fathers Peter DeSmet and Anthony Ravalli, who first proclaimed "with the words of their mouths" the Good News of Jesus Christ in Idaho, and Father E.M. Nattini. We honor Father Thomas Percell, who founded our school in 1919, and the Sisters of the Holy Cross who were the first teachers.  We honor the builder of our current facility, Monsignor Verhoeven, and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the founder of the first American parish school. 

Blessed Mother, please protect each and every person and family who is part of our school. We ask for your intercession for their daily needs and the necessities of life. Dedicate us to the important work of nurturing and educating our young church.  Aid us in defending the most vulnerable and the poor among us. Teach us your own preferential love for the little and the poor, for the unwanted and the suffering, for sinners and the downhearted: bring everyone under your loving protection.

Oh Queen, standing at the right hand of Our Lord, arrayed in gold, watch over our minds and hearts. Enkindle in our hearts and homes the love of purity, the practice of a virtuous life, an ardent zeal to bring souls to you, and an even deeper desire to pray with you for the needs of our school and our Diocese.  Watch over and protect Bishop Peter Christiansen, all the priests and deacons and all the religious. Help them to strive for personal holiness as they work to build your Kingdom.

Hold all our lives in your arms: bless and strengthen our every desire for good; revive and nourish our faith; sustain and enlighten our hope; awaken and animate our charity; guide all of us along the path of holiness.

Wrap everyone in this school in your mantle of protection against the Evil One and please accept our entrustment, dearest Mother. We ask you to use us as you wish and walk with us on our pilgrim journey in this life towards your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

0 Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you!    Amen.

This is an adaptation of the prayer of Bishop Peter Christiansen as he consecrated the Diocese of Boise to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, August 15, 2016


October 10, 2017

   This Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the last of the Virgin Mary’s apparitions in Fatima, Portugal to three shepherd children. She appeared on the 13th of each month beginning in May 1917.  World War 1 was raging, and it was the eve of the Bolshevik revolution.  Our lady gave messages that applied to those and future world events.  She gave us instructions to work for peace in the world:

Pray the rosary daily for peace in the world and to end the war
Perform and spread devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, especially the 5 first Saturdays
Pray, fast, and do penance for sinners and to make reparation for the sins of the world
Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

   While the Fatima apparitions fall into the category of personal revelation, and so are not binding as a matter of faith, the popes have embraced the Fatima message.  Pius XII consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart, and in 1944 the feast of the Immaculate Heart was established.  Pope Saint John Paul II credits our lady for saving him after the attempt on his life on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, 1981.  The assassin’s bullet now resides in the crown of our lady’s statue in Fatima.

   Holy Rosary School will celebrate our Lady and her love for us this Friday.  We will attend mass, gather in the school by the big cross. Led by Father Raul, we will consecrate our school to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  At 2:30, the sixth grade will lead us in praying the rosary in the church.  We hope you can join us for any or all of these devotions.

   Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence through November 26 to any person who, under the usual conditions*, 1) visits the Shrine of Fatima, 2) visits with devotion an image of Our Lady of Fatima displayed for public veneration during the days of the anniversary and participate in prayer (our rosary this Friday), or 3) cannot visit due to infirmity, but make devotion to our Lady of Fatima in private.

For more information about Our Lady of Fatima, visit marian.org/Fatima

 *sacramental confession 20 days before or after, reception of Holy Communion, prayers for the Holy Father, and detachment from sin. If these conditions are not met, the indulgence is partial.



to the following students for participating in the Holy Readers Summer Program!!

Takara Miller
Hank Morris
Eva Roybal
Isaac Slaughter
Gabriella Geraldi
Ryan Tocheri
Alaina Miller
Catherine Pontzer
Chris Bright

 Great Job, everyone!!