What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ and that we love Him in return. In comparison to the love of Jesus, everything else is secondary. And, without the love of Jesus, everything is useless.
- St. John Paul II
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is proudly Catholic, and our sacramental life is at the heart of who we are. We know that by developing strong roots of faith, students will not only lead happier and more peaceful lives now, they will also become adults who seek out lives of eternal purpose. Therefore, we offer them every possible encounter with the God who loves them:
Mass every Friday and Holy Day
Adoration and Benediction weekly
Days of recollection and retreats
Religion taught in every grade
Serious exposure to sacred music
Frequent exposure to the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Stations of the Cross, particular novenas, and other Catholic devotional practices
Loving and Serving Others
“Give alms from your possessions. Do not turn your face away from any of the poor, so that God’s face will not be turned away from you. Give in proportion to what you own. If you have great wealth, give alms out of your abundance; if you have but little, do not be afraid to give alms even of that little.” - Tobit 4:7-8
We delight in fostering a culture that is oriented towards love of God and neighbor. We expect our students to demonstrate leadership and kindness by creating a campus atmosphere of patience, humility, and inclusiveness. They consistently – and cheerfully – rise to the challenge. Whether it’s a classroom discussion in which everyone’s voice is respected, enthusiastic collegiality during sporting events, or the genuine display of empathy and comfort towards each other in times of need, our students strive to truly love one another the way Jesus loves them.
We also provide students countless opportunities to serve others. Our school-wide service projects focus on feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick, and giving alms to the poor.
preserving the awe & wonder of childhood
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. - Philippians 4:8
We strongly believe that children deserve a real childhood, one marked by simplicity, imagination, and laughter. They should not be forced to confront those things that could threaten their joy too soon. Therefore, we keep vigilant watch over our students’ hearts, constantly orienting them towards the true, the good, and the beautiful. Whether it’s our daily morning meeting, the music we sing, or our family-fun get-togethers, we fill our students’ lives with noble and lovely things, and we protect them from the negative influences that would rob them of the innocence they deserve.
zeal for the beautiful
Beauty will save the world. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky
We become what we behold, so we deliberately immerse students in Beauty - through music, art, literature, the natural sciences, relationships, and faith itself. Because of that constant orientation, students naturally develop an impatience with anything less. They chafe under false standards of Beauty and reject the tyranny of plastic measures. They come to long for only that which is most beautiful, and especially for Him who is Beauty Himself. In this way - by constantly seeking out and encountering the Beautiful - they become in some measure like that Beauty.