Every student at Saint Catharine School receives daily religious instruction in the Catholic faith. Not only is our Religious Education Program based upon the Graded Course of Study of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, but our students are instructed by their teachers who are certified catechists.
In addition to daily religious instruction, all students in grades 1-8 attend Mass each Friday morning that school is in session at 8:00 AM. This Mass is celebrated by our pastor, Father Anthony M. Dattilo. Prayer Services are also held throughout the year in our school gym. Student prayer leaders and song leaders from our 6-8 grade classes lead the student body in prayer during these services. Parents are always welcome to join us at Friday mass or Prayer Services.
All students participate in a minimum of one service experience each school year during Catholic Schools Week. The transportation for these service experiences is supplied by our PTA Enrichment Fund. Our students also participate in several fundraisers each year. We participate in the St. Jude Math-a-thon during Catholic Schools Week and Operation Rice Bowl during Lent.
VIRTUE BASED RESTORATIVE DISCIPLINE
Our school has adopted a model called Virtue Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD).
This model was developed in St. Louis, Missouri and is being used at other
Catholic Schools throughout the Midwest Region of the United States.
The program focuses on learning about and developing behaviors that are virtuous.
Virtuous behaviors are grounded in the three theological virtues of:
FAITH HOPE CHARITY LOVE
Faith resides in our intellect, while Hope and Charity reside in our will.
And the four cardinal virtues of:
PRUDENCE JUSTICE TEMPERANCE FORTITUDE
Prudence resides in intellect
Justice is a habitual inclination of the will
Temperance is the will to practice moderation
Fortitude sustains the one who is committed to serving God fervently in the journey to the cross.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part Three, Life in Christ:
“A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.”
“The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.”