Virtues In Practice
“The Catholic School’s task is fundamentally a synthesis of culture and faith, and a synthesis of faith and life; the first is reached by integrating all the different aspects of human knowledge through the subjects taught, in the light of the Gospel; the second is the growth of the virtues characteristic of the Christian.” – Congregation for Catholic Education, The Catholic School, 37
Virtues in Practice is a program for children in grades pre-kindergarten through eight to grow closer to Jesus by imitating His life and virtues. It is set up in such a way that a whole school studies the same virtue each month, to provide a whole-school (and at home, whole-family) focus. The program covers 27 virtues over a three-year cycle, with 81 saints held up as models of the virtues.
Transfiguration Catholic Church and School has begun the Year of Faith in the Virtues in Practice program, which begins our 3-year cycle. This is not only for the Parish School, but also for the Family Formation Program, Homeschool Families, and any other parishioners who would like to intentionally grow in virtue.
Full Parent Guides, along with the workbooks for Children can be found by clicking the image to the right.
"From the first moment that a student sets foot in a Catholic school, he or she ought to have the impression of entering a new environment, one illuminated by the light of faith . . . permeated with the Gospel spirit of love and freedom."
~ Congregation for Catholic Education
#25, The Religious Dimension
of Education in a Catholic School
"Let us consider the saints . . . the saints are the true bearers of light within history, for they are men and women of faith, hope, and love."
~Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
#40. Deus Caritas Est
Virtues In Practice
The goal of Catholic Education is heaven, but knowledge alone will not get us there! Virtues in Practice helps students to live out the faith in their everyday lives.
Program Elements include:
- Virtue of the Month
- Saint of the Month
- 3-year Cycle, Spiral Curriculum
- Classroom Role-Plays and Activities
- Monthly Home Projects (behavior goals)
- Student Workbooks & Parent Guide
Created by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia
Congregation of Nashville, Tennessee
Year of Charity
"I give you a new commandment: love one anohter as I have love you."
~ John 13:34
"Beloved, let us love on another...The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love."
~ 1 Jn 4:7-8
CHARITY is loving God with all your heart, mind, and strength, and your neighbor as yourself. Through the theological virtue of charity, we place God above all things and recognize that what we do to the least of our brothers, we do unto Him.
THE YEAR OF CHARITY offers an opportunity to commit to making God our priority and lto love not only people across the globe—but the people right next to us.
Acts of Charity
Oh my God, I love You above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because You are all good and worthy of all love.
I love my neighbor as myself for the love of You.
I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.