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St. Mary's School, as an extension of the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, exists to further the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Roman Catholic Church. In short, we're here to save souls. 

As a school, St. Mary's has the primary mission of educating young people in mind, body and soul. We believe in teaching the whole child. We believe in teaching the book and in teaching the life skills that make children successful in college and in life.

We do that by creating a balanced curriculum similar, but not identical, to the curricula present in our area public schools. To that academic curriculum, we add spiritual formation that comes from daily prayer, weekly Mass, monthly opportunities for Confession and various other spiritual events throughout the year. Our pastor, Fr. Blake Deshautelle, is present on campus throughout the week and is in the classrooms talking to our children and encouraging them in life and in faith.

In addition to faith and academics, St. Mary's believes in the value of small classes, clubs, sports and interaction with children of differing ages. This breadth of experience is far healthier and more humanizing for young people than the artificial separation of larger schools.

Finally, St. Mary's provides a community approach to education that requires parental involvement so that everyone grows from their experience at St. Mary's - children, parents, faculty and clergy. We're all in this life together and so we'd all be growing together. 

That growth in mind, spirit, body and community is what St. Mary's stands for.

Faith Life


A Roman Catholic School in the Tradition of the French School. Students of all Faith-Traditions are welcome.

Faith Life


A Roman Catholic School in the Tradition of the French School. Students of all Faith-Traditions are welcome.

The Roman Catholic Church has always prioritized the education of the young in all facets of knowledge. This tradition flows from the firm belief that the work of salvation begins in the work of leading the Christian life in the world. To this end, there is no meaningful separation between religious studies and worldly studies. Everything which affects man is from God! At St. Mary’s, faith permeates every aspect of the day from the content of studies to prayer before meals.

Despite the reputation and misconception which is common in the so-called Bible Belt, the Catholic Church welcomes any and all who are interested to be a part of our religious services and to attend our schools. All truly are welcome! Full participation in the Sacraments is, of course, limited to fully initiated Catholics, but all have a place in the Catholic Church and at St. Mary’s.

St. Mary’s has as it’s purpose to get children into heaven and into college. We do this by establishing an environment that allows natural and supernatural virtue to develop and blossom. 

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?  The life of faith can never be merely an add-on or a "Sunday morning thing" for a Christian. Christ Jesus is the source and summit of any well lived life. Despite the nonsensical and illogical assumptions of the world, faith is no mere appendage to the mind, it's what gives the mind direction! Without faith, the mind is left to ponder the eternal things with neither direction nor instrumentation nor wise guidance.

It is the height of tragedy that our world has abandoned faith in favor of lesser things like science and technology. Without the wisdom of the ages, science and technology are matches in the hands of a child. With the wisdom of faith, these tools become what they are - gifts of God to bring the Earth into right order.

To these ends, St. Mary's students are encouraged to grow in the knowledge and love of God and the Church every day in every class. Nothing which is true can ever hope to be separated from The Way the Truth and Life.

Students begin classes with prayer, attend Holy Mass weekly and participate in other spiritual exercises throughout the year. Fr. Deshautelle is in each religion class monthly for Q&A and confession. 

Special attention is given that part of human nature which needs to think and sit on the eternal things. At St. Mary's, we trust the Holy Spirit to lead our students into all Truth. And there can be greater Wisdom than He who is Wisdom itself.

 

REGULAR EVENTS

DAILY PRAYER

The school day begins with all students gathered in the gym for morning prayer, the pledge of allegiance and daily announcements. Morning prayer begins promptly at 8:00. Additionally, students begin each class with prayer.

WEEKLY MASS

All students, grade 2 and up attend Holy Mass weekly. Typically, the Mass takes place in the school chapel. Six to eight times each year, all-school Masses are celebrated in the school gym for special occasions.

MONTHLY CONFESSIONS

All students, grade 3 and up are offered the opportunity to go to confession with a priest on a monthly basis. Typically, an entire class goes to the chapel together, they are welcomed by Father and a teacher facilitates. Non-Catholic students are welcome to speak with Father in a counseling setting if they’d like, but no one is required to confess or to seek counseling. Students may also request a private meeting with Father through their religion teacher.

MONTHLY VISIT FROM THE PRIEST

All students, grade 1 and up receive a monthly visitation by Fr. Deshautelle. He answers questions and provides instruction in the Faith as requested by students and teachers. He also spends time getting to know the students. 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Throughout the year, students in selected classes will travel to local community service facilities to assist the poor and needy with all manner of good works. These students must submit permission forms from home.

ANNUAL EVENTS

LIVING ROSARY

THE MARCH FOR LIFE

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS’ WEEK

LIVING WAY OF THE CROSS

MAY CROWNING

CAMP JOSHUA

 

Student Life


Clubs, Organizations and Activities for Students in Grades 1 - 12.

Student Life


Clubs, Organizations and Activities for Students in Grades 1 - 12.

Contrary to what some might expect, it is very possible to offer a broad range of clubs and organizations in the small school environment. We may not have 200 4H members or a run-off election for our National Honor Society Secretary, but we're able to offer an amazing selection of clubs ranging from the ubiquitous Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and DARE to the more specialized like the St. Mary's language clubs, art and music clubs and athletic clubs round out the mix.

Student life extends well beyond extracurricular activities. Natchitoches' many festivals and events  allow for students and alumni alike to enjoy one another's company. Our small town atmosphere makes St. Mary's more like a family than larger communities are able to experience.

Of course, the mixing of ages allows for a much more natural psychological development than a child would experience in a more homogenous environment.

Athletics


Sports for Boys & Girls, Grades 3-12. Member LHSAA.

Athletics


Sports for Boys & Girls, Grades 3-12. Member LHSAA.

Athletics instills discipline, self-possession, fortitude, grace under fire and obedience. Team events build up the student body into a community and the alumni community into a family that never really leaves St. Mary's. 

We believe in sports. St. Mary's has a long, proud history of athletic excellence in Louisiana. Boys and girls team and individual sports offer each student a real opportunity to take part in competition and the benefits of athletics.

We've also found that athletic events give our alumni and parents a chance to experience the community life that makes a small-town school like St. Mary's so special. Thanks to our close relationship with Northwestern State University here in Natchitoches, we have access to some first rate athletic facilities and our young men and women gain the wisdom of college athletes and coaches that would otherwise be found only in big city schools. 

Alumni Association


Once a Tiger, always a Tiger!

Alumni Association


Once a Tiger, always a Tiger!

St. Mary's has been educating Natchitoches for many years. That's generations upon generations who want to share their St. Mary's experience with their own children and grandchildren. Many St. Mary's students can stop by the library or the development office and find their grandparents' and great-grandparents' photos in old yearbooks. 

 

Alumni are always welcome at St. Mary's. Whether it's at our sporting events, our children's programs or one of our many alumni events, tigers never stop being tigers.

At present, our Alumni Association and our St. Mary's Tiger Athletic Association are the two primary alumni groups.