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School Philosophy

Christian education is intended to make one's faith become living, conscious and active through the light of instruction.  St. Mary School provides the unique setting within which this ideal can be realized in the lives of our students.

It is our mission to provide a strong foundation in the fundamentals of our Catholic faith through the teaching of Catholic Doctrine, actively belonging to a faith community and by encouraging and providing opportunities for service to others.

"The teaching church calls upon each of us to have an active faith in God and His revealed truth."  It is our role, along with the parents, the primary educators of the children, to develop and nurture a personal relationship with God through instruction in scripture, Catholic Doctrine, and regular participation in liturgical experiences.

The formation of the children's faith is supported, affirmed and encouraged by their experience of community in our school and church.  We are united and strengthened by a common religious conviction and hold a deep respect for the uniqueness of each child.  In the safety of this loving environment, moral, ethical and spiritual values are strengthened.

"The experience of christian community leads naturally to service."  By developing a sense of caring and by promoting respect and kindness to others, the children will be able to live as followers of Jesus.

Guided by our Pastor, Monsignor Joseph A. Martin, and supported by the parish family, the school aims to fulfill the charge of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in their pastoral message on Catholic Education, To Teach as Jesus Did.  "Catholic Education is an expression of the mission entrusted by Jesus to the Church He founded.  Through education the Church seeks to prepare its members to proclaim the Good News and to translate this proclamation into action."