OUR FAITH IN ACTION
Pope Francis Global Academy is dedicated to forming students in the spirit of the Gospel and preparing them to be committed disciples of Jesus Christ. To that end, we are actively and steadily seeking ways to expand our reach through multiple efforts stemming from various areas of our school and church community.
WITHIN THE CLASSROOMS
Students begin and end each day with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. All students have religion for one full class period each day beginning in Kindergarten, and our Pre-K students have religion woven throughout their day through age-appropriate stories and activities.
Weekly our K-8 students attend morning Mass with the parish community; each grade level taking turns to prepare and lead the Masses as readers and gift bearers. Our younger classrooms are paired with older classrooms as Mass Buddies and attend Mass together encouraging full participation by all students, young and older, in the Masses through prayer, singing, and appropriate behavior. Our Pre-K students join us at Mass on Holy Days of Obligation as well as special occasion Masses. Our altar servers rotate through to cover all daily morning Masses as well as funerals.
Each month our teachers weave into their lessons one of the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and a school-wide monthly service learning project under that same banner gives them an opportunity to practice faith in action. Partnerships with our 4 founding parishes and their St. Vincent De Paul groups have given our students the opportunity to expand their reach out further into the community raising funds and collecting items such as diapers for women’s shelters, food for the St. Cornelius Food Pantry, toiletries for our area’s homeless population, and more.
Our use of the Responsive Classroom techniques, while not a faith-based program, reinforces values such as kindness, self-control, empathy, and cooperation, and teaches appropriate approaches for conflict resolution.
OUR SPIRITUAL CHARTER
The purpose of a spiritual charter is to help our students to connect the dots between the content of our Catholic faith, their prayer and service, and their life experience, which includes relationships with family and friends, leisure activities, their successes and failures, their dreams and hopes for the future, and their exposure to the conflicting values in society. Our teachers and administration utilize this information to help stay focused on the goal. The complete document can be downloaded HERE.
MINISTRY EFFECTIVENESS COMMITTEE OF THE BSJ
In addition to our school-specific efforts, our Board of Specified Jurisdiction also maintains a Ministry Effectiveness Committee which fits in as another piece or our faith in action program. Comprised of school parents, teachers and parishioners, our Ministry Effectiveness Committee shares information which encourages the home-church-school connections, and provides enrichment materials to parents and students, in addition to acknowledgments of efforts through their Distinguished Disciple Awards. COMPLETE INFORMATION ON ALL MINISTRY EFFECTIVENESS PROGRAMS IS HERE.