At Charlottesville Catholic School, we live our Catholic faith daily in a multitude of different ways. Our Catholic faith is not only learned, but also practiced through daily prayer, everyday actions, and acts of service both at school and in the community. Each school day begins and ends with whole-school prayer. We celebrate Mass together weekly on Tuesdays in our gym.
- Families provide the foundation for the faith development of their children and value partnering with parents in forming their children in the Catholic faith.
- Catholic schools are integral to the mission of the Church and as the responsibility of the entire church.
- Catholic schools are positioned as the heart of the church’s life, and as such, share in the responsibility of being church in the world.
- Catholic schools are formative communities where prayer and worship, justice and peace, reconciliation and evangelization become lived experiences.
- All students, both Catholic and non-Catholic, are welcome to experience the beauty and richness of a Catholic education.
- Religious and cultural diversity ultimately enriches the entire educational experience for all students.
Living our mission to be Christ-like and community-focused is to be accepting of each person in the image of God; respectful of God’s creations; compassionate in our words and actions; advocates for ourselves and others; leaders in the world for a positive tomorrow; and stewards of our neighbors near and far. Our Days of Service allow each student an experience to live the mission of Charlottesville Catholic School. On these days, Middle School students go out into the community and partner will local organizations such as: JABA, Meals on Wheels, Darden Towe, Oakland School, Camp Holiday Trails, Commonwealth Senior Living, and STEAM Discovery Academy. Elementary School students stay on grounds and complete projects for additional partner organizations: Alyssa House, UVA Hospital, The Haven, Ronald McDonald House, and Blue Star Families.
Additionally, throughout the year, each grade level completes a specific service project for one of our partner organizations, and Middle School groups such as Student Council and National Junior Honor Society hold bake sales and supply drives to raise money and collect items for those in need. Giving back is an important component of our Christian faith, and we are proud to give our time, talent, and treasure to serve others.
In Middle School, students are required to complete 8 hours of service per quarter, 2 hours in each of the following areas: home, school, community, and church.
Prayer is a part of everything we do at CCS. From morning prayer at 8:05AM and end-of-day prayer at 3:10PM, to prayers before and after lunch, prayer is integrated into many facets of our day. Daily prayers include: The Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary, Glory Be, St. Prayer before Meals, Prayer after Meals, and the Guardian Angel Prayer.
In October and May, we gather weekly as a whole school to prayer a decade of the rosary, so that by the end of the month, we have prayed the entire rosary.
Students in 4th through 8th grade are paired with younger “Faith Buddies” for Mass and other religion activities.
Parishes Supporting CCS
Charlottesville Catholic School is a regional school of the Diocese of Richmond that serves the greater-Charlottesville community and surrounding areas. Our student body and faith life are supported by many local parishes:
Church of the Incarnation (Charlottesville)
Holy Comforter (Charlottesville)
Our Lady of the Rosary (Crozet)
Saint George (Scottsville)
Saint Joseph’s Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel (Columbia)
Saint Jude (Mineral)
Saint Mary (Lovingston)
Saint Thomas Aquinas (Charlottesville)
Saints Peter & Paul (Palmyra)
Shepherd of the Hills (Quinque)