The culmination of two years of study came at the Sacred Heart Cathedral School Sacred Space Assembly, which took place in late spring 2017. Our eighth-grade hosts interviewed representatives from each grade, and the whole school community got to watch nine short videos on the driving questions each grade tackled in their project-based learning assignments.

While we saw how much students learned about measurement, engineering, materials, and manpower in our 2016 assembly, this year’s assembly centered on the theme of sacred space as plans for the rose window, altar, saint statues, and baptismal font come to fruition.

This project was fun, challenging work that helped our students grow in the knowledge of their faith and in their understanding of the Cathedral that is rising before the eyes of those who will worship there. As the only Catholic school in this country that is connected to a new Cathedral, we have had a unique and transformational spiritual and academic journey.

Kindergarten: Why is our Cathedral made in the shape of a cross?

First Grade: How are holy water and baptism represented throughout the Bible and in the Cathedral?

Second Grade: Why is the confessional designed the way it is in the new Cathedral?

Third Grade: How is sacred space created?

Fourth Grade: Why is the altar important in Sacred Space?

Fifth Grade: How are devotion to the Sacred Heart and the saints incorporated in the Cathedral?

Sixth Grade: How do elements of the sanctuary help us worship?

Seventh Grade: How does natural and artificial light affect worship in the new Cathedral?

Eighth Grade: How do geometrical shapes and intentionally chosen numbers in our new Cathedral reflect the Catholic faith?