As a parochial Catholic school, Sacred Heart Cathedral School is the largest mission of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. We are privileged to educate the first worshipers in our new Cathedral.
As a Catholic school — particularly as the Cathedral school of the diocese — we exist to proudly form Christian leaders to transform society. We teach our children the Catholic faith explicitly, yes — but we also integrate it into all classes and have staff who will model it for children.
SHCS students attend Mass twice weekly and study religion formally every day. Students plan Mass and serve and cantor at all school Masses
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered regularly. Students are prepared for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion (both in second grade) and Confirmation (fifth grade) as part of the school day.
SHCS has two religious on staff: a deacon who teaches 8th-grade religion and a Sister of Mercy who teaches all 4th and 5th-grade religion. The Vicar General for the diocese is also the Rector of our Cathedral, and two more holy priests at the Cathedral.
We have a virtue of the month that is integrated into the school day. We use a Dominican site “education in virtue” as a resource. Students are recognized by teachers for putting virtues into action and receive a “virtue slip” for modeling virtues we study.
Catholic identity initiatives in progress:
SHCS introduced the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program in Kindergarten in 2018-19. This is a Montessori approach to learning the Catholic faith.
We introduced our school charism statement in 2018-19 after a year-long study with a leadership team and faculty. Our guidebook was “Charism and Culture: Cultivating Catholic Identity in Catholic Schools” by Timothy Cook.
Finally, we introduced ConQuest for boys as part of gender-separate Middle School mentorship program (we meet during school twice monthly) and Endow for girls (focus on JP II’s Mulieris Dignitatem and God’s plan for women) in 2018-19.