You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working,
and just so, you learn to love by loving.
All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.
— St. Francis de Sales
Profile of the JPII
Graduate at Graduation
Catholic Spiritual Life
The St. John Paul II High School graduate:
Has knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith;
Is a person of prayer and develops a relationship with Christ;
Respects and appreciates the faith and persons of other religious traditions;
Actively practices the Catholic faith or faith of his or her faith tradition;
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Witnesses to Jesus Christ in word and deed; Involves himself or herself in Christian ministry; Maintains openness to continuing spiritual journey throughout adulthood; and, Cultivates generosity of heart, mercy, and forgiveness.
Witnesses to Jesus Christ in word and deed;
Involves himself or herself in Christian ministry;
Maintains openness to continuing spiritual journey throughout adulthood; and,
Cultivates generosity of heart, mercy, and forgiveness.
Be the Best
Being the very best you can be means more than just Mass, prayer, or retreats. It encompasses making sound judgments, treating others as you want to be treated, and respecting each other and yourself as unique individuals with unlimited potential.
Being the very best you can be means being the best in all areas of your life: mentally, physically, socially, and, yes, even morally. Your choices all day long will have both immediate and long-lasting effects on who you are and who you become.
Faith formation opportunities at JPII will provide you with opportunities to develop your social and moral self.
- Students know that the school’s Chapel is not only where we have Mass, but is at the center of all that we do.
- You are encouraged to share your gifts with our school community by serving as acolytes and altar servers, lectors, cantors, joining the choir, or presenting the gifts.
- A chaplain is assigned to meet your liturgical and pastoral needs.
- A campus minister works with you and staff daily.
- Faculty fully participate and understand their role as ministers.
- The Bishop visits the school each year for worship.
- All of this contributes to a pervasive Catholic “ethos” and spirit of Christian fellowship on campus.
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The primary facilitator of this message is the school’s Campus Ministry team comprised of students, a chaplain, and coordinator.
Campus Ministry’s goal is to involve all members of the school community in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ in numerous ways.
Campus Ministry will empower you so that you might share the work of the Church, make a difference, and implement ideas in your communities in order to diminish the zone of indifference prevalent in many parts of society.
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- A four-year rigorous theology requirement is an integral part of the curriculum.
- Course work adheres to a “Christ centered” or Christological curriculum, recommended by the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops.
- Theology department faculty are certified in their field of study.
- The course of studies is diverse and engages you to make theology relevant in your everyday life.
- There is a strong emphasis on ecumenism (unity, cooperation, and respect for all faiths).
- Classes are both content and process oriented.
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JPII Profile of the
Graduate at Graduation
The Pope John Paul II High School graduate:
Looks to our Lord Jesus Christ as a model of servant leadership;
Possesses a comprehensive understanding of Catholic social teachings and the ability to apply such teachings to contemporary living;
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Practices Christian service as a fundamental aspect of his or her faith and humanity; Promotes respect for human life and dignity and recognizes that all people are made in the image and likeness of God; Sees the global and local dimensions of issues of social justice; Desires to serve based on compassion and generosity of spirit.
Practices Christian service as a fundamental aspect of his or her faith and humanity;
Promotes respect for human life and dignity and recognizes that all people are made in the image and likeness of God;
Sees the global and local dimensions of issues of social justice;
Desires to serve based on compassion and generosity of spirit.
You will engage in variety of meaningful Christian Service experiences throughout your years at SJP. You will learn about yourself, the needs of the environment around you, and your abilities to become active agents of change in your world.
While appreciative of the various faith traditions in our school community, you will recognize a fundamental mission of Christianity is a goal common of all virtuous people throughout the world: love of God and love of neighbor. Making a difference in other people’s lives is as rewarding an experience as you can have.
Many local groups and organizations benefit from St. John Paul II High School’s belief in Christian service. You may end up volunteering at nursing homes, coach and facilitate at Special Olympics, tutor at elementary schools, or serve as youth coaches or leaders.
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“Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” St. Francis of Assisi
The Gospel message is what Jesus said, what Jesus did, and what He told us to do.
It includes honesty, compassion, forgiveness, mercy, community, servant leadership, equality, simplicity, justice, a respect for life and the dignity of each person, a trust in God, and peace.
All students are encouraged to live the Gospel message by demonstrating a respect the for the facilities, each other, and most important, themselves.
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You will participate in retreat experiences while at St. John Paul II High School.
The retreat program is a four-year program designed to be an integral part of your growth and development during your high school years.
The retreat themes are connected to the Theology curriculum. Therefore, the topics you explore in the classroom become the basis for discussion and activities during your retreats making it come alive and be “more real.”
- All students participate in retreats.
- Retreat follow up gatherings occur for all retreat participants.
- Leadership training offered for student retreat leaders.
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“Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you.” St. Ignatius Loyola
You will be blessed with many opportunities for prayer.
You will begin each day with prayer either in the auditorium with the entire student body or in homeroom. Prayer is also used as you begin each of your classes.
You will also have opportunities to visit the Chapel to give you an opportunity to deepen your relationship with God. At times an entire class period is utilized in order to give you the ability to grow an appreciation for prayer, silence, and reflection.
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