Service learning is at the heart of the St. John Paul II Catholic Schools experience. We cultivate love for God and neighbor by giving in service in our family, school, community, and parish. In this gift of self, we discover our deepest identity, for we reflect the very life of God and imitate Jesus, Who “did not come to be served but to serve.”—Matthew 20:28a Indeed, Jesus identifies Himself with our neighbors in need: “Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” –Matthew 25:40b Faith truly comes alive as we serve others.
In following the leadership of Jesus Christ, we seek to teach the message of hope contained in the Gospel. We envision that our children will be empowered to value the dignity of each person. Through our commitment to Catholic Education, we recognize the opportunities to grow in faith, foster a sense of ministry, and to advance a just and caring society.
The Mission of the St. John Paul II Catholic Schools is to inspire excellence by teaching the total person and fostering the following of Christ, as taught by the Catholic Church.
Our school community is proud to offer this new Campus Ministry initiative as a way to reach students and give them the support and encouragement they need to live their faith today and build strong foundations for their bright futures. This initiative has been a few years in the making, and this year we have made some positive steps to make it a reality. An important part of this initiative was to move the Chaplain’s office from the administrative wing so that he would be more accessible and visible to the students. This idea was the start of the Wojtyla Room, a hybrid office/campus ministry room, that would be used as the Chaplain’s office and includes some comfy furniture for students to use during their breaks or for small group meetings. The Wojtyla Room, which is named after our Patron, St. John Paul II (born Karol Wojtyla), is dedicated to fostering friendship and holiness in our students. Friendship was an important part of John Paul’s life, and during his pontificate he consistently emphasized the importance of friendship for the Christian life. Being holy is all about having strong relationships, the deepest and most important being our relationship to God, but equally important as the friendships that help our students grow and understand their potentials.