St. Brendan is, first and foremost, a Catholic school. The children receive daily religious instruction. Our parish pastor, Father Roger Gustafson, and the priests and nuns in residence engage with the children both during school hours and at parish and school events. Our Catholic identity and mission are integrated into every aspect of our curriculum and student life.
Mass. The whole school attends a children’s Mass on the first Friday of every month, which parents are invited to attend. Students attend Mass on all Holy Days and every day during Lent. Children participate in school and parish Masses as lectors, gift bearers, Eucharistic ministers, acolytes, and members of the choir.
Sacraments. Second graders prepare for and receive First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Eighth graders prepare for and receive Confirmation.
Social Service Projects. One of the distinguishing characteristics of St. Brendan School is our emphasis on finding ways to give back to our communities through student-driven outreach projects that combine creativity, entrepreneurship, compassion, and empathy. Children of all grades may propose projects at any time by presenting their idea to our principal, Ms. Lakatta. Children are responsible for the projects from inception to execution, and their reward is the joy of having given of themselves. Examples of these projects include:
Collecting towels for the SPCA;
Gathering new socks for the homeless;
A fundraiser to benefit children with cleft palate;
Making sandwiches for the St. Vincent de Paul Society;
School-wide drive for the March of Dimes; and
Various fundraising projects to support local and global disaster relief organizations.
Community Service. Eighth graders perform twenty hours of community service as part of their confirmation preparation. They volunteer at school and parish events and often propose their own social service projects.
Charitable Events and Programs. All St. Brendan students participate in the St. Vincent de Paul food drive and the San Francisco Firefighters’ Toy Drive at Christmas.
Peace Families. In grades 1 through 8 students participate in Peace Families led by our eighth graders. These families gather once a month to engage in team building activities and share time together.
Youth Ministry. Our in-school Youth Ministry program, which is a joint activity in collaboration with our parish, invites our fifth through eighth graders to foster their own personal spiritual growth and to become leaders who demonstrate Christian values. As a group, the students design activities and games that focus on the themes of prayer, morality, and inclusiveness. They also perform services for others, such as designing Christmas cards for Laguna Honda Hospital patients and Meals on Wheels recipients, and making sandwiches for the homeless to be distributed through the St. Vincent de Paul society.
Altar Servers. Our sixth through eighth grade students participate in school and parish Masses and assist our priests as altar servers.
Sunday Children’s Liturgy. At Sunday Masses, young children gather to participate in interactive activities and art projects that focus on communicating the Gospel in ways that children can understand.