Religious Education

                Faith. Academics. Service.

7800 Livingston Road Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745

Phone: 301-567-6212 Fax: 301-567-6907 email: schooloffice@stccatholic.org

 

2015-2016 St. Columba School’s Spiritual Formation

 

 

Spiritual Formation of all St. Columba students is based on our mission statement and Philosophy.

 

We at Saint Columba School recognize the worth and dignity of each individual as a child of God  Through daily examples of words and actions, we strive to guide all students to do their fullest potential and to promote an atmosphere that encourages each child to grow spiritually, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.

 

The staff works with parent/guardians to build a solid foundation of Christian moral values, self-confidence, self-discipline and self –worth that will remain in each child throughout adult life.  We seek to instill the love of God and neighbor so that each child becomes an active contributor to Church and Community.

 

It is our goal to make the spiritual development and religious education of our students the school’s highest priority.  Our objectives are met by providing our students with opportunities that encourage the development of Christian morals and values on a daily basis.

 

Teachers serve as role models for the students by creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation, thereby promoting Christina values and morals.  The pattern of the relationship between students is one of seeing Christ in others through mutual respect and tolerance of differences.  It can be concluded that teachers, parent/guardians, and students work together to build a Christian community based on faith and rust in each other.

 

As a school, we do have 37% of our students as non-Catholics, and a t least 5 faculty and staff. As a Catholic institution, we will provide an orientation and class workshops on prayers ,mass,  and liturgical services and religious celebrations  for our non-Catholic members.   This aims to make them knowledgeable, active participants and comfortable in our environment. It also will enhance a unifying understanding and faith in all our Christian values.

 

K – 8 students go together for Mass every First Friday.  Each class also takes turns attending 8:15 Friday Masses.  First Friday Masses are sponsored by each grade level e.g. Jesse Tree Mass in December is done by First Grade.

 

We have daily morning prayers as a faculty and our school community does a daily morning and closing prayers.

 

We do special liturgical services like the Living Rosary in October and May, the Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent, and we do our Advent Wreath in December.

 

Our spiritual formation is also part of our daily learning and interaction especially in Religion.

Our Spiritual formation also extends to our spirit of service.  Every month we sponsor and host a service project and a community outreach program from the 911 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, Red, White and Blue Day, American Diabetes Foundation, McKenna Center, St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Center Toy Drive, St. Charles Children’s Aid Society Book Collection, Oxon Hill Pantry, HCA, soles for Soles, St. Jude’s Math-a-thon, Pennies for Patients for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Program, World Food Day, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Hurricane Sandy Out of Uniform Day and Little Sisters of the Poor among others,

 

St. Columba School exists to provide Christ-centered environment for academic excellence, faith formation and spirit of service.