The religion program reflects the mission of the school by teaching students how to be informed and active members of their Roman Catholic parish, and by immersing them in Dominican spirituality through the leadership, interaction and teaching of the Dominican Friars and Sisters. The Christian values instilled in our students are a large contributing factor to the safe, nurturing, and welcoming environment of our school.
The religion program reflects our mission to educate the whole child by addressing the needs of the soul: the formation of the conscience and character, the knowledge of and a relationship with the Lord, and an understanding and experience of Christian ways to relate to others. Lastly, the program teaches students to use their talents and efforts for the good of society and for God's kingdom. The strength of the religion program lies in the fact that religion permeates the entire day at St. Pius V School.
A religious atmosphere has been established and all faculty and staff members work to maintain it. There are numerous religious symbols around the classrooms and hallways. Students pray at various times throughout the day. Students and teachers visit the church for prayer, liturgical celebrations, the sacrament of reconciliation, the stations of the cross, the rosary, learning about Catholic symbols through the sacred art found in the church, and explaining the sacred vessels and vestments used in liturgical celebrations. It is a unique strength that three of the religion courses are taught by Dominican Sisters.
The program forms a cohesive unit of instruction. It introduces the students to the truths of the faith and the traditions of the Church. It includes elements of participating in the faith life of the Church and strives to make religion more than an academic subject. Religion is taught with an emphasis on Christian living, in hopes that the students will transfer knowledge into daily choices.