Catholic Identity

St. Vincent de Paul School supports its Catholic identity through its Vision of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.

Faith: The school’s Faith community incorporates the Liturgy and prayer into daily school activities. 

  • School Mass is held twice a week.
  • Students participate in the Mass based on a rotation, providing them with the opportunity to be readers, servers, and offer gifts.
  • Students pray at the beginning and ending of each day.
  • The 2nd and 8th grade students participate in an annual retreat.
  • Teachers participate in an annual retreat.

Knowledge: The school incorporates Knowledge through religious education and the presence of appropriate symbols, such as statues, crucifixes, and religious pictures. 

  • The school currently uses Alive in Christ series from Our Sunday Visitor. These texts are comprehensive and approved by the diocese as meeting all curriculum requirements.
  • Each classroom has a statue of Mary, Mother of God, providing the students with the opportunity to learn about her example and love of God.
  • Each classroom has a Crucifix, providing the students with the opportunity to witness God’s love for them.
  • Each classroom is assigned two patron saints, one male and one female: their pictures are displayed, and the classroom makes books on the lives of the saints available to the students.  This provides students with the opportunity to learn from the lives of the saints.

Service: The school incorporates Service through dedicated activities both during school hours, and also as extracurricular activities.

  • Students at St. Vincent are encouraged to be good stewards through their behavior in and out of the classroom and their participation in various fundraisers for other worthwhile charitable organizations. Each grade “adopts” an agency/organization each year to provide prayer and service.
  • The school requires all students, K-8th, to complete community service hours.
  • The school has developed a Young Vincentians group for students in 4th-8th grades. They students perform acts of service, pray together, pray for each other, and work in conjunction with the St. Vincent de Paul society to increase awareness of the plight of the poor and underprivileged of Elkhart.