Sacred Heart Academy 110 Keating Drive, Winchester, VA 22601 Phone: 540-662-7177 Fax: 540-722-2894
The Office of Catechetics collaborates with other diocesan offices in order to ensure that children, young people and adults have the opportunity to deepen their faith and grow in a more profound understanding of all that God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – has said and done for the sake of our salvation.
Catechesis, also called religious education, is an essential element of the mission of the Church. The aim of catechesis is “to help men believe that Jesus is the Son of God so that believing they might have life in his name, and to educate and instruct them in this life, thus building up the body of Christ” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 4).
From the beginning, the followers of Jesus Christ have responded to the Lord’s command to “go…and make disciples” by proclaiming the Gospel message throughout the world. “Catechesis is the word used to describe this essential ministry of the Church through which the teachings of Christ have been passed on to believers throughout the ages” (National Directory for Catechesis, 1).
Students at Sacred Heart Academy begin each day with a fourty-five minute religion class. Students also attend weekly Mass every Friday morning. Students learn common parts of Mass and participate as altar servers when they reach fifth grade.