Catholic Identity

Catholic Identity
A Strong and Essential Component

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School builds a Christ centered atmosphere by incorporating the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Roman Catholic Church into every aspect of the curriculum and students’ lives. As a faith community, the students, teachers, staff, and school families at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School are active participants in their faith life and support one another in their spiritual formation. Catholic identity is a strong and most essential component of our school community. Catholic morals and values are emphasized through daily practice and prayer, imbedded in the curriculum, and experienced through participation in the sacraments and service endeavors.

This Catholic identity is the foundation of our success. The teachers on staff are instrumental in modeling the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church and include Catholic values and morals in all areas of the curriculum. The physical appearance of the school also portrays our Catholic identity through icons, statues, crucifixes, and other Catholic imagery.

Graduates of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School will have:

Learned the Gospel message as proclaimed by the Church

Experienced community by witnessing to Jesus through word and deed among classmates and the larger community

Realized Jesus’ presence in prayer and worship

Learned the essentials of Catholic doctrine

SVdP Students:

  • Will have planned and participated in prayer services and liturgies
  • Will have learned formal prayers and grown accustomed to praying spontaneously
  • Will have learned the principle teachings of the Church as taught by Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Will understand and be able to explain the life of Jesus and His part in God’s plan for salvation
  • Will have participated in social action projects
  • Will have prepared for and received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation
  • Will have learned the elements of appropriate behavior in church – reverence in prayer, posture, genuflection, silence, and the like
  • Will have learned and practiced Christian virtue

Advent Devotions

  • Advent wreath lighting and prayer service – each Monday morning of Advent
  • Advent confessions

Lenten Devotions

  • Ash Wednesday all-school Mass
  • Adoration and Benediction weekly during Lent
  • Stations of the Cross – led by 6th, 7th, and 8th graders three times during Lent
  • Lenten confessions
  • The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is substituted for the rosary during Lent
  • Weekly all-school Mass
  • Monthly all-school rosary
  • Weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Weekly Confessions
  • Monthly Grade Level Chapel Mass

All-School Masses are held each Friday or on Holy days.  Special liturgical celebrations will be scheduled during the year.  All parents, including Non-Catholic parents, are invited to join in these activities.  

  • Back to school confessions
  • Celebration for Feast of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Feast of St. Francis Assisi Animal Blessing
  • 40 Days for Life Devotions
  • All Saints Day Mass, Celebrations and Classroom Activities feature the lives of the saints
  • Epiphany Classroom Blessing
  • Catholic Schools Week
  • Feast of St. Blaise – Blessing of the Throats
  • May Crowning


Students will participate in Religious Retreats before First Communion, Confirmation, and Graduation.  Students will be required to perform 20 service hours during their preparation for Confirmation.

  • 2nd Grade – First Communion Retreat (on site)
  • 7th Grade – Confirmation Kick Off Retreat – Community of St. John
  • 8th Grade – Confirmation Retreat (on site)
  • 8th Grade – Graduation Retreat
  • Faculty Retreat

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