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Faith Life

Ancillae-Assumpta Academy is a private Catholic school that warmly welcomes families and students of all faiths into our community.  Children of other faiths participate in the study of the Catholic faith, share in liturgical worship and prayer experiences, and are involved in service to others.  At the same time they are encouraged to share their own beliefs and religious practices.

Approximately 12% of our students belong to other faith traditions while students who are Catholic represent 66 parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.   We strongly encourage participation in parish life and frequently draw lessons from the parish experience.


“To those who have been given much, much is expected.”  This phrase rings true for the community because we consider ourselves to be fortunate in many ways.  In our global awareness of other peoples and their needs, the Handmaid community, faculty, parents, and students of the Academy participate in a number of networking endeavors to further the Handmaids’, and ultimately the Church’s mission, of working on the side of the poor.  Regularly scheduled food collections, seasonal service endeavors, and volunteer opportunities at the Handmaid mission in El Salavador are only some of our community efforts to reach out locally and globally to “share all that we are and have”, to feed the hungry, and to be  Eucharist for those in need.

Read more about our Service Learning Program.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

The mission of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is to make the Lord's presence alive in the world through Eucharistic Adoration and Apostolic Service.  To this end the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the St. Raphaela Mary School Chapel  every morning from 7:30 a.m. to  11:00 a.m., and in the Sacred Heart Chapel on weekdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Eucharistic Celebrations

During the school year, there are several school-wide community Masses.  Class Masses are held in the Saint Raphaela Mary Chapel.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Students are provided with the opportunity to celebrate this sacrament annually.

Sacramental Preparation

In the fall, second grade students  prepare to celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.  Beginning in the spring of  first grade, their parents attend several meetings to assist them in preparing their children for these sacraments both of which are administered at the Academy. 
Complete instruction for the sacrament of Confirmation is an integral part of the fifth grade Religion curriculum.  Parents are to make arrangements for their child to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation in the home parish and notify the Coordinator of Religious Education with this information.

Eighth Grade Retreat

Eighth grade students are given the opportunity annually to participate in a day of retreat and prayer at Saint Raphaela Center, Haverford.

Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart, a R.I.C.E. networking program designed to actualize the ACJ Mission, networks with Handmaid missions throughout the world.   By sharing resources, Heart to Heart builds unity and promotes justice and peace.  Families are encouraged to participate by making a monetary donation that will educate a child in need for a whole year.  Learn more about Heart to Heart!

ACJ Associates

The ACJ Associate experience invites women and men to deepen their relationship with God in the spirit of St. Raphaela Mary.  This bonding challenges them to live the spirit of reparation and Eucharist in their daily living.  Monthly meetings include faith sharing and the prayer of Adoration.
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