"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12
St. Dominic Catholic School strives to teach every student about the Catholic faith and its traditions. We offer a safe environment in which your child can learn and practice the faith along with developing their God-given talents. We offer discipline and rigorous moral formation which focuses on virtues, service, and a personal relationship with Jesus. We help our students put on the "Armor of God," which prepares them to face all the challenges, trials and temptations of life.
Throughout the year, students at all grades levels learn the faith, spend time in prayer, participate in the sacraments, and demonstrate their beliefs through service to fellow students, the parish, and community members. Select examples include:
- Each school day begins with prayer including praying for the intentions submitted by students, school families, staff or faculty.
- Each month, students learn a "scripture passage of the month" and learn and pray a "prayer of the month".
- Students participate in all-school rosary and have the opportunity to pray and lead the rosary on Wednesday mornings before the all-school Mass.
- Eucharistic adoration is offered quarterly to the whole school community. Students are also encouraged to attend weekly Adoration which is offered on Tuesdays from 3:30-7:30 PM in the chapel.
Students in grades K5 through grade 8 attend weekly Mass on Wednesdays at 8:30 AM, unless a holy day of obligation occurs during the week. The Mass is planned by the students, teachers, the Director of Music & Liturgy, and priests. Parents/guardians are always welcome to join in our liturgies.
In May, students plan and participate in a May Crowning of Mary. during Very Important Person (VIP) day. All are welcome to join in the celebration.
Sacramental preparation is done in cooperation with the Director of Children's Ministry. Students in second grade receive the sacrament of reconciliation in the fall and the sacrament of Eucharist in the spring.
The sacrament of reconciliation is offered monthly to students during the lunch hour, so they can experience the peace, joy, relief, and love of Jesus Christ that comes with forgiveness and allows them to become more like Him in all things.
Each month, students learn about a "Virtue of the Month". At the core of all virtue is love, but actions are needed to express this love. It is through living the virtues that a person develops moral character because the virtuous person “pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions” (Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 1803).
Faith, Hope and Love
The virtues of faith, hope, and charity are infused, along with grace, into the soul of the person at baptism. These virtues are supernatural, meaning that they are above our nature. The virtues of faith, hope, and charity form the foundation of the Christian life because they bestow on us the capacity to live as children of God.
We grow in the virtues of faith, hope and charity through daily prayer, reading Scripture, participating in the sacraments, and by serving our neighbor through works of charity.
The virtues of faith, hope and love inform and give life to the virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. We grow in these virtues through human effort—making deliberate acts of right judgment, being fair, having courage, and exercising moderation.
Retreats for all ages are offered for students of St. Dominic Catholic School. Retreats allow students to detach from the everyday concerns that even young children experience. The activity seeks to refocus children in connection with their personal relationship with God, their family, and their friends. Quiet time for reflection allows students rest of mind and body and to quietly listen for God's voice.
St. Dominic Catholic School helps every student explore their gifts and vocation. The school is visited by members from different religious orders. Students also receive talks from seminarians, the parish priests, and our deacons.
All students and all families are encouraged to be the hands of Jesus to others at every moment of every day. This involved the exercise of many virtues and the humility to go beyond what is comfortable and easy. Opportunities exist to serve God and neighbors at all times.
Exemplary Recognition in Mission and Catholic Identity
St. Dominic Catholic School was awarded Exemplary Recognition in Mission and Catholic Identity from the Office for Schools of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. St. Dominic Catholic School was deemed an example of a true learning community dedicated to "reflection and action".
Faculty Faith Formation
St. Dominic Catholic School is committed to the ongoing religious formation of its faculty and staff members. Because forming our students in their Catholic faith is an essential component of our mission, we realize the important of forming those who will form our students. We believe that students are formed not only during formal religion classes, but also throughout the school day in the various content areas and social situations that are part of the Catholic school experience. Faculty faith formation includes intellectual, spiritual, pastoral and human formation.
Through their commitment to personal faith formation and service to others, the faculty members of St. Dominic Catholic School lead students not just by words spoken in the classroom but also by their example.