Our school incorporates a Virtue of the Month program to help students and their families learn to live a virtuous life. Through this systematic approach to character formation, we hope to make practicing the virtues a natural way of life. Each month, the entire school focuses on one virtue. The Virtue of the Month is posted at the front entrance of the school as well as in each classroom. Each week, a specific activity is suggested to help students put that particular virtue into practice. Students “caught” practicing that month’s virtue are recognized and rewarded.
Here are some of the virtues (and associated activities) that St. Mary students have practiced this year:
- Joy: Show your joy by being cheerful in the morning with your family, teachers and classmates.
- Integrity: Be strong and honest. Admit a mistake that you have made, apologize, and accept the consequences.
- Responsibility: Do an extra chore at home every day this week, especially during Thanksgiving break.
- Compassion: Choose a friend or someone in your family who needs special help. Give him/her a compliment and explain how important he/she is in your life.
- Courage: Pray for courage to be proud of our Catholic faith and for all of those persecuted for their faith around the world. Say a Glory Be every day to honor God and ask for religious courage.
- Mercy: Read Matthew 5:7 from the Bible and reflect on it.
- Patience: Show your patience with your friends and let others go in front of you in line.
- Perseverance: Show your perseverance in prayer by spending a few minutes at the Adoration chapel this week.