The mission of the Center for Exceptional Children at St. Joan of Arc is to provide Religious Education and Christian Fellowship for God’s children with special needs. We learn about the Word of Jesus Christ, the Holy Bible, and our Catholic Church. We come together to share our faith, friendship, love for one another, and to appreciate all of God’s creation.
Our students are able to participate in religious education and thus celebrate their Sacraments. Currently 46 students attend Saturday morning classes. Many of our students have been participating for many years. David, one of our JC Superstars celebrated his First Communion with the program back in 1959. Our teachers also come back year after year not because of what they teach the students...but what the students teach them.
Since the program’s start in 1956, we have been able to share the Lord’s message with our students because of the support of several Christian organizations such as the Knights of Columbus and Alhambra. Their generous donations and those of others pay for curriculum, crafts, supplies and special field trips. During the past five years we have been able to experience off site Lenten Retreats, including visits to Father Solanus Casey Center and Manresa; all made possible by these donations.