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 Formation of Faith and Academic Pursuit

It is the mission of the Catholic schools within the Diocese of Greensburg to ensure excellence in the formation of our faith, in academics, and in service. 
 
We believe Catholic education is a responsibility shared by all members of the family, parish, school and diocese. Catholic Schools are centered in Christ's teachings and Catholic doctrine. Each student is created with unique talents and intellect. 
 
We believe our enriched curriculum challenges students to achieve their potentials, striving for excellence within the formation of our faith, academics and success in life. Students have a right to be in a safe, positive, nurturing learning environment with mutual respect evident throughout the school community.
 
Our Catholic schools encourage students to serve the church and the greater community, exemplifying and modeling the teachings of Christ throughout their lifetime.
 
Graduates of our schools will be discples of Christ, 21st century learners, workers for social justice, leaders, knowledgebale, problem solvers, educators and lifelong learners. 

Disciples of Christ
Students will live as Jesus lived, teach as Jesus taught, and serve as Jesus served.

21st Century Learners
Students are able to think critically, solve problems, use information, communicate and innovate. They are flexible, adaptive, collaborative, creative and globally aware. The use of technology will help facilitate these abilities.

Workers for Social Justice
Students will show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Leaders
Students will be able to work cooperatively for the good of all, accepting the freedom and responsibility leadership brings. They will be encouraged to act with integrity, and to make ethical, responsible and moral decisions.

​Knowledgeable
Students have completed a strong academic foundation and are able to apply skills, facts and knowledge in real world environments.

Problem Solvers
Students will develop their natural curiosity by encountering the world and embracing the future with a sense of imagination and wonder. They will acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They will apply thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems and final solutions.

Educators
Students will pay it forward. They will find ways to share their faith and academic knowledge with others.

Lifelong Learners
Students will work to build personal growth, and are intrinsically motivated to continue the learning process throughout their lives.

 Catholic Identity

​​​​Within the Catholic elementary schools of the Diocese of Greensburg, we teach religion daily and integrate it into every facet of the curriculum. The religious education we offer emphasizes formational growth, as well as content knowledge. We follow standards for knowledge and faith development provided by the National Catholic Educational Association​, as guided by the documents of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Catholic Identity is a key concern for us in Catholic school education today. The Diocese of Greensburg requires religious education and spiritual formation in our schools, focusing on the role of Catholic education as a mission of the church and preparing students to lead and serve.

Some of our spiritual celebrations at the elementary and high school levels include, daily school prayer, small group prayer, age-appropriate Masses, all school liturgies and prayer services, as well as season celebrations focused on Catholic values​. 

We focus on God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the church as one, holy, Catholic and apostolic, revelation (Scripture and faith), life in Christ (personal morality and Catholic social teaching), church history, prayer and religious practice, as well as Catholic faith literacy.

Focused Areas of Study

  • Community - Integrating diversity
  • Word - Teaching the authentic message of the church
  • Worship - Expressing Catholicity in liturgy, prayer and daily life
  • Service - Providing opportunities for outreach within the school and the greater community
  • Evangelization - Spreading the good news of the faith
  • Stewardship - Teaching responsibility through the prudent use of time, talent and treasure

 Community Service

At our Catholic schools, students are immersed in Gospel values. Service is at the heart of the Gospel message. For this reason, many students are required to engage in parish service. All schools sponsor service projects throughout the academic year. Service to both our parishes and communities are vital elements to our religion curriculum.

Our teachers discuss service learning during religion classes and work with students to generate ideas on how they might become involved in such learning processes. The objective of the service projects is twofold. In addition to having positive impacts on our communities, students are encouraged to reflect on their service experience to identify how they were served, personally and spiritually, by reaching out to help others.

At the high school level, each student is required to perform at least 18 hours of service each year, including six hours of community and 12 hours of school or parish service. Students complete activities with a variety of organizations. Each class also attends a day-long retreat organized by the campus minister and religious education faculty.​​​

 Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry is the response of the Christian community to the needs of our young people. It is also the process of sharing unique gifts of youth with the larger community. Campus Ministry works to foster the total, personal and spiritual growth of each young person and seeks to draw young people to responsibl​​e participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic church.

As the young church of today, students of our high schools have the opportunity to grow in their relationship with God by involvement in programs sponsored by campus ministry. This is accomplished through various activities, which are religious and social in nature. Campus Ministry coordinates the service component requirement of students.

Through Campus Ministry, students have the occasion to fully live their Catholic faith with the support and assistance of others. School chaplains and campus ministers are available on campus each day for student and faculty needs. A chapel is open daily for student and faculty use throughout the school year.

  
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Columbian Squires

​The Columbian Squires is a fraternal organization for Catholic young men, which helps them develop as leaders who understand their faith and have strong commitment to the church. It is the official organization of the Knights of Columbus in America. The Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School Columbian Squires is sponsored by the Greensburg Knights of Columbus, Council #1480.

The organization is open to any Catholic male students in grades 9-12.​

Interact

​Interact helps students to be conscientious of the needs of others and to respond to these needs in a spirit of Christian service. Interact is the student component of Rotary Internation that strives to promote service projects on the international, national and local levels.

​Interact is open to all students who are willing to participate in a pre-set number of sponsored activities. An Interact board and officers are elected.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

​SADD works to inform students of the consequences of drunk driving. Through participation in this nationwide organization, the club here organizes (with faculty support team), Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week (i.e. Red Ribbon Week in October) and plans various activities throughout the school.

​Open to all committed high school students who have taken charge of their lives by showing their friends and families they care enough not to let their friends or themselves drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol.