At Sacred Heart Catholic School, our Religion program is intended to invite the children to a faith response that is living, conscious and active. Religion is integrated throughout the day to include collaboration with parents creating a firm foundation of the Catholic faith and Catholic social teachings. Through prayer, study, scripture, sacraments, liturgical experiences and service to others, the children will have opportunities to connect their faith to daily living.
Parents Are the First Educators of Their Children
The Catechism of the Catholic Church 2221 says, “The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute. The right and the duty of parents to educate their children are primordial and inalienable.”
The parish and school helps in many ways with religious education classes and sacramental preparation, but keep in mind that the parish and school are assisting you as the primary educator of your children. “I am the religious formator of my children” should be a primary point of parental self-identity and responsibility. There is not another influence more important than you on whether your child will stay close to the Church, close to the Mass, and close to the Eucharist.
Our goal is for all students at Sacred Heart Catholic School to grow in their understanding of:
- The Holy Trinity, Church History, Marian Teaching, The Saints, Church Structure, and Vocation
- Creation, Life of Christ, The Gospels, Parables and Miracles, Interpretation of Scripture, and The Old Testament
- The Liturgical Year, Parts of the Mass, Paschal Mystery, The Sacraments, and Sacramentals
- The Beatitudes, Ten Commandments, Dignity of Life, Grace, Virtue, and Conscience
- Types of Prayer, The Creeds
- Stewardship, Justice, Works of Mercy, Catholic Social Teaching
We utilize the Spirit of Truth Curriculum through Sophia Institute.
- Keeps Students Engaged
Spirit of Truth provides interactive, teacher-led lesson plans for every day of the school year, including vivid sacred art reflections, stories of the saints, games, role-plays, and critical thinking questions, to help you capture and keep students’ attention
- Delivers a Meaningful Encounter with Our Faith
Spirit of Truth covers the breadth of the Catechism in a rich and age-appropriate way and is designed to connect with students of diverse backgrounds and differing familiarity with the Catholic faith.
- Emphasizes the Importance of Students’ Personal Spiritual Journey
While it’s important for students to understand the Faith, Spirit of Truth is designed to help them internalize the Faith and apply it to their own lives, providing ample opportunity for them to reflect on how everything they are learning applies to their own lived experience.
Bully Policy at Sacred Heart
Created in the image and likeness of God, each child shares a fundamental human dignity. A Catholic school provides an environment dedicated to protecting and fostering the development of that dignity. The school helps children learn how to exercise their God-given freedom responsibly, with the goal that good choices become good habits, that is, virtues. The highest virtue is charity, which God both requires and makes possible. “Here is my commandment,” says Jesus, “that you love one another as I have loved you.” As bearers of the divine image, members of the school community deserve care and respect from all. Bullying and Retaliation are not to be tolerated.
This policy serves as a guide for when expectations of respect are not met, and for when reconciliation and restitution are needed.