Goals and objectives of the program are constant and consistent to enhance the spiritual formation and moral development of all students. A genuine, personal relationship with God and the response of worship and service are ultimate goals of the catechetical program.
Liturgical and personal prayer are expected outcomes of the guidance and catechetical instruction provided. Students attend weekly Eucharistic Liturgy and begin each day and each class with prayer. Prayer is a daily priority. In particular, students are encouraged to become familiar with the devotions of the Church and to pray one decade of the Rosary with their class each day.
To ensure a broader and deeper command of authentic Church Doctrine, careful planning and programming at all levels is required. Opportunities for learning doctrine and developing a grasp of the scope and meaning of the “Good News” of salvation is the core of this process. Therefore, Scripture study selections appropriate for all ages of understanding are included in the curriculum. Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines, “Growing in God’s Covenant” are provided for Pre-School through Grade Eight. The curriculum implementation is assessed annually through the use of the Assessment of Catechesis Religious Education (ACRE) for the fifth and eighth grades.
A special section entitled “Pittsburgh Remembers” explains the contributions of St. John Neumann, C.Ss.R., St. Katharine Drexel, S.B.S., Blessed Mary Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger, S.S.N.D., and Blessed Francis Seelos, C.Ss.R to Pittsburgh.
Catholic Christian belief expresses itself in service to God and to others within the community. This service includes the ability to make moral decisions that are right and just, to control personal behavior by faith principles, to show concern for the welfare of others, and to take personal responsibility according to one’s vocation for the continuing mission of the Church in the salvation of all.
Parental involvement in the catechetical instruction of children is planned by school and parish personnel following the current directives on administration of the sacraments.
Another area of parental involvement is the Catholic Vision of Love, the Diocesan program on teaching chastity. For more information about the Catholic Vision of Love, please click here.
For information on the curriculum that is taught in our Catholic Schools, please click here.