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Our Catholic Faith is what we believe and how we live that belief.  For 2,000 years, this Catholic faith has been handed down from one generation to the next, starting with Jesus Christ to the apostles.  In our own lives, we may receive that faith from our parents, from friends, or even a stanger we meet.

Prayer is the primary focus for our school.  As a school community, St. Joseph's Catholic School students begin each day in prayer.  Students attend Mass once a week on Tuesday mornings as a class.

Each month, our school community joins together to celebrate the Eucharist as well as the students living rosary, Eucharistic Adoration and church choir.

Living as a Catholic includes many wonderful beliefs, practices and devotions.  There are even more than we can list here.  But we hope to provide you with a brief inside glimpse of what we believe and how we live that belief.

We hope this resource will be valuable to both interested non-Catholics as well as all those who are already Catholic who might be looking to deepen the practice of their faith.

To learn about what we believe as Catholics, you will want to start with reading What Do Catholics believe?  And if you would like to learn more specifically about the seven scaraments, visit the Sacraments section on our parishs' website.

 

 

Virtue Program 
Our main objective of initiating  our virtue program, at Saint Joseph’s Catholic School, is to offer our community,  students, teachers, parents, and parishioners an opportunity to open themselves up to know, value, practice, and analyze internally the virtues with regular and consistent practice.  The main focus is on the practice of specific virtues each month.  Virtue is a desire to have a firm commitment to do the right thing. It allows people to give of themselves without question and to do the right thing for the sake of humanity. Students will be provided ongoing opportunities to practice virtue on a daily basis. The goal is to educate and encourage each student to ponder on the virtues daily that they are requested to practice internally.  This serves to encourage the community as a whole to make the virtues part of his or her own lifelong habits, while giving the opportunities to become effective leaders in all aspects of their character formation. For this reason, Saint Joseph's considers education in virtue to be a top priority of the educational needs not just of our students, but of all our community. 

September/OctoberGenerosity/Baptism
 We will begin our introduction of virtues with generosity and fittingly baptism.

Generosity                                         

Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. It can involve offering time, assets or talents to aid someone in need. Often equated with charity as a virtue, generosity is widely accepted in society as a desirable trait. Generosity is a guiding principle for many registered charities, foundations and non-profit organizations. Generosity can also be spending time, money, or labor, for others, without being rewarded in return. Although the term generosity often goes hand-in-hand with charity, many people in the public’s eye want recognition for their good deeds. Donations are needed to support organizations and committees; however, generosity should not be limited to times of great need such as natural disasters and extreme situations.

The word generosity derives from Latin and means “of noble birth”, thus offering us an opportunity to also reflect on the Sacrament of Baptism. 

Throughout the remainder  of this  month, and for the month of October, we will conduct various activities with the children to help them understand the importance of being generous to those in need.  One of these activities will involve supporting cancer through the purchase of yellow ribbons which will be available at the school.