Saint Catherine of Siena School

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Our Faith

In our Diocese of Bridgeport Schools, educators infuse the modeling, teaching and living of the ten core Gospel Values. To counter selective moral decision-making, young people need help with understanding the core values and beliefs upon which to build good, healthy lives, with Jesus at the center. As followers of Jesus, we strive daily to emulate the light of our own spirit of love, gentleness, inner peace and understanding through our thoughts, words, and actions. Through the shared experience of prayer, moral teaching, faith traditions, and the sacramental life of the Catholic Church,the following ten Gospel values are present every day:
 
  1. Faith in God- We believe that faith, being a gift from God, is a trusting, personal, and loving relationship with Him. It helps us to accept and to do His will in the world.
  2. Truth- We believe that truth is found in its fullness in Christ and in His Church. We reflect this by imitating His truth in our lives by choosing honest words and actions.
  3. Respect for Life-We believe in the dignity of all human life from conception through natural death; and that it should be respected and protected because we are loved by God and created in His image.
  4. Community- We believe as a Eucharistic community we share a common faith and live in unity with the Spirit, as disciples of Jesus.
  5. Service- We believe that through our baptism we are called to serve and bring hope to others; especially those in need.
  6. Simplicity- We believe that God asks us to live simple lives and not to covet material possessions. A simple life is one that does not distract us from eternal life.
  7. Justice- We believe that it is our responsibility to make conscious decisions to do what is right as instructed by the Beatitudes.
  8. Peace- We believe that as Disciples of Christ our prayerful response is to promote peace by living in harmony with ourselves and others.
  9. Compassion-We believe that we are called to take on the mind and heart of Jesus in dealing with those who suffer; to in fact “suffer with them” as demonstrated through our words, acts of compassion, forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing.
  10. Forgiveness- We believe that God asks us to forgive ourselves and others who hurt us. Through reconciliation we are free to love ourselves and others as God commands.