Faith and Reason
Ville de Marie Academy assists the parents as the primary educators of their children in faith and morals by providing the sacraments as often as possible to the students. Students witness the power of the Eucharist daily through Holy Communion. Every Tuesday, Christ is the theology teacher to the students as they spend that class in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. On first Fridays, confessions are available and the students are asked not to take any books home for that weekend, as we try to put the emphasis on the family. Every day is bookended with prayer, including an examination of conscience at the end of the day. At Ville de Marie, formation of the soul is primary with an emphasis on the interior life, while all other aspects of the exterior will follow. Retreats also play an important part of the Ville de Marie culture where boys and girls are challenged to seriously explore their vocational call.
Corporal Works of Mercy
The Catholic Faith is not merely a subject to be studied and mastered. Students are taught to integrate their faith into every facet of their lives in order to assume an apostolic role in the world.
Ville de Marie Academy utilizes the Faith and Life series from Ignatius Press in its grammar school. It was the first series submitted to the U.S. bishops for approval and recognition of being in conformity with the Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism is also used in grades 1-6. The High School theology classes are directly structured around the Holy Scriptures and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, with additional readings from Papal Encyclicals, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, and various spiritual classics. The Didache Series from Midwest Theological Forum, which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has found to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is also utilized in the high school.
Oath of Fidelity
In order to honor the holy days of obligation, Ville de Marie Academy dispenses school attendance on these days and encourages proper adherence to the directives of the Church.
"On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass; they are also to abstain from those labors and business concerns which impede the worship to be rendered to God, the joy which is proper to the Lord's Day, or the proper relaxation of mind and body" (Canon 1247).
Mass & Confession
The Holy Mass is vital to the every existence of Ville de Marie Academy. The entire student body comes together several times a week to celebrate Mass. See our School Calendar for more detailed information.
Every first Friday of the month, during school hours, Ville de Marie Academy offers opportunities for Confession for both staff and students.
First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Ville de Marie Academy offers a school Mass every First Friday (as well as the other Fridays in the month) and Confession within the octave of the First Friday in order to provide the opportunity for the staff and students to fulfill the obligations regarding the First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
"I promise you, in the excessive mercy of My Heart, that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday of nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their Sacraments, My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment." (Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary).
Virtue of the Month
Spiritual Enrichment for the Whole Family
Each week the life of a different saint is highlighted in our family newsletter.
Throughout the year, speakers come to the school to speak on various topics to the student body. In the evening, parents are invited to a talk relating to the subject matter for adults.