Religious Education Philosophy
“…true education aims at the formation of the human person with respect to his ultimate goal”
(Vatican II’s Declaration on Christian Education)
Huron Valley Catholic School exists to provide Christian education and formation to our young people.
Our whole curriculum aims to “relate all human culture eventually to the Good News of Salvation, so that the life of faith will illumine the knowledge which students gradually gain of the world, of life, and of mankind.”(Christian Education #8). Huron Valley Catholic School participates in the wider mission of the Church through proclamation of Christ in the light of the Scriptures, Catholic tradition, and through its academic, athletic and social programs.
In cooperation with the educational mission of the Catholic Church, our purpose is to form and develop the whole person as a reflection of the perfect person, Jesus, Son of God, in whom all human values find their fulfillment and unity. This includes the integral development of each child: spiritually, morally, intellectually, psychologically, socially, culturally, artistically, and physically.
As a Catholic school, the doctrinal elements reflect authentic Church teaching in union with the Pope and the Bishops. Through our religious education program, we aim to:
- Foster a personal relationship with the Holy Trinity: Jesus the Son of God, God our merciful Father, and the Holy Spirit.
- Instruct the students in Catholic Doctrine and traditions, the study of Scripture, personal prayer, and the proclamation of God’s goodness to all.
- Integrate religious truths and values into other areas of the curriculum and life experiences.
We believe the purpose of Catholic Christian education is to make one’s faith become living and active through the light of instruction. We follow St. John Bosco’s example of mentoring, based on his belief that: ”Education is a matter of the heart.” (St. John Bosco) We aim to provide a culture of faith and unconditional love, an environment conducive to the spiritual growth and development of each child.
As Catholic educators we recognize parents as “the first and foremost educators of their children,” (John Paul II, FamiliarisConsortio, Sect. 36), and the first to communicate the faith to their children and to educate them, the school has the fundamental task of complementing, reinforcing, and extending the family’s efforts. Active cooperation between parents and school is the cornerstone of Huron Valley Catholic School.
The Religious Education program at Huron Valley Catholic School includes, among other things:
- A strong Scripture curriculum
- The study of the Old and New Testaments is essential to the understanding of salvation history as our history, and that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment and center of that. Old Testament study includes (and is not limited to): Creation, Genesis, the Ten Commandments, God’s choosing of a People, the Prophets, Psalms and Proverbs. New Testament study includes the Teachings and the Life of Jesus Christ, the Beatitudes, the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, and the early Christian Church.
- The Scriptures are referred to daily, and the students learn by heart many verses from the Bible so that each student will know the books of the Bible, be comfortable reading the Bible, and find passages with ease. In the upper grade classes we cultivate skills that will help students be able to effectively study Scripture.
- Celebration of the Liturgy, Observation of the Liturgical Year, Preparation for the Sacraments, and Other Spiritual Exercises.
- In addition to the study of Scripture and our textbooks, our program is enhanced by our rich Liturgical traditions. Students participate in weekly Mass, furthering deeper understanding and the ability to enter into celebrating the Holy Eucharist.
- Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion is done in the second grade. In addition, our school Chaplain offers regular opportunities for Confession for all students. Students at HVCS normally prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation through their respective parishes, while we supplement this preparation with a focus on the fruits of the Holy Spirit, maturing in faith, faith in actions and community service.
- We foster a growing appreciation and relationship with the Blessed Mother and the Saints by learning about the Holy Days, the lives and Feast Days of the Saints, and other observances throughout the Liturgical year.
- Other opportunities to enter in to our Catholic heritage include: Communion service before school (one day per week), classroom visits to the Chapel throughout the year, May Crowning, monthly adoration, weekly Friday morning Mass, Wednesday Mass, and weekly opportunity for Confession.
- To exercise and make living the knowledge and heart of our Faith, Christian service is a regular part of the student’s development. As a school we support the children of Honduras in prayer and by donating money to their education, and to Hope Clinic by donating over 6,000 items to the Food Bank each year. In addition, each class participates in Christian service to the community including: Operation Christmas Child, Emmanuel House, Fairfax Manor, Pregnancy Counseling Center, supporting children in Uganda orphaned by Aids, and more.