As we are looking toward the upcoming 2016-2017 school year, we are focusing our efforts on rolling out nine core Gospel Values. In addition to our mission and the Catholic Standards and Benchmarks, the Gospel Values will help to inform us and guide us in all that we do at LCSS. This is true for everyone at the school system – teachers, students, parents, administrators, staff, and even the wider community. The Gospel Values are also reflected in our Community Pledge, which can be found here.
By following these Gospel Values, our young students will grow in faith and will learn to implement these values in everything they do – both in school and out of school. These Gospel Values will become part of who they are and will stay with them throughout the rest of their lives, giving them guidance and strength through life’s journey.
In developing and reviewing these Gospel Values, we referred to scripture and the gospels, sent out surveys to teachers and parents, met with students, and worked with the Mission Committee and with our parish priests. And as there are 9 Gospel Values, we will focus on one virtue each month. Below is a brief summary of each Gospel Value, its meaning, and a scripture passage that promotes it.
- Community. Committing to building a welcoming, strong, and loving community.
“For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another.” (Romans 12:4-5 New American Bible)
- Servant Leadership. Leading and serving like Jesus.
“For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
- Respect. Respecting the life and dignity of myself and each person in thought, word and action.
“Give honor to all, love the community, fear God, honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17)
- Gratitude. Being thankful for every gift and lesson I learn.
“Give thanks to the LORD for he is good, his mercy endures forever!” (Psalm 107:1)
- Humility and Understanding. Seeking first to understand.
“Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show his works by a good life in the humility that comes from wisdom.” (James 3:13)
- Wellness. Caring for and respecting the entire self – body, mind, heart and soul.
“Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)
- Patience and Perseverance: Having courage to push beyond my perceived limitations, the ability to keep fighting, and the strength to endure through the struggle.
“Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4)
- Diligence: Working with careful, and planned persistence.
“The plans of the diligent end in profit, but those of the hasty end in loss.” (Proverbs 21:5)
- Integrity: Acting and speaking with honesty and sincerity.
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31)