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Catholic Virtue Reflection: Our Father

By Mrs. Robin Jo Jensen

The focus of our virtue and value program this year is an in depth study of “The Lord’s Prayer." During the month of September, we are studying the “Our Father” portion of “The Lord’s Prayer."

Every word of the prayer is important, however St. John Chrysostom reminds us that: “by saying not ‘my Father’, who art in heaven, but rather ‘our Father’, “The Lord’s Prayer” creates a bond among God’s children, in which an individual ‘nowhere looks to his own, but everywhere to his neighbor’s good’.” This point should not be underestimated: to offer “The Lord’s Prayer” worthily, we implicitly acknowledge both equality among all people and a willingness to be reconciled to our neighbor – even our enemies.

May God bless you always.

What is Catholic Virtue Education?
Catholic Virtue Education focuses on teaching students and their families about Catholic virtue as outlined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. While all of the virtues, works, gifts, fruits, and prayers are intricately intertwined into our Catholic Faith, Catholic Virtue Education at Holy Cross Catholic School focuses on certain aspects each month in order to enhance learning for all students, of all abilities, in all grades.

Each month a new virtue is developed, and the students are involved in defining, discussing and exhibiting that trait in their daily lives. Principal Robin Jo Jensen includes reflections on the month's virtue in her weekly parent letter to spur discussions at home. At the end of the month parents are encouraged to attend a student-directed, all-school assembly focusing on the lessons taught throughout the month.

About Holy Cross Catholic School
Located on the growing northeast side of Green Bay at the historic crossroads of Church and Bay Settlement Roads, Holy Cross Catholic School is the point at which faith, community and education converge. The school educates children within the Catholic faith and provides them with opportunities to develop the values, attitudes and skills that will enable them to become vital members of the community. Holy Cross Catholic School has been in existence for 141 years and has an enrollment of 200 students in grades EC3 to 8th grade. For more information, please visit the school's website: www.holycrossfamily.org/.

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