Our Catholicism

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.

Catechesis

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.

 
 

Prayer

Students develop the habit of daily prayer starting in Kindergarten, where they learn the Our Father in Latin. Students begin and end each day at Ville de Marie Academy with prayer. Morning Prayers and Holy Mass are said before the school day begins. Before lunch, Grace before Meals and the Angelus is prayed. There are many other opportunities for the students to engage in prayer throughout the day, such as prayers before tests and at the beginning of each period. See the School Prayer section for more information.
VDM PRAYER CARDS

Oath of Fidelity

If a teacher does not possess an understanding of the Catholic Faith, he or she cannot teach it. If the teacher does not live in a committed manner, his or her words are unconvincing. Therefore, Ville de Marie Academy teachers take an Oath of Fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church on an annual basis.
OATH OF FIDELITY
 
 

Holy Days

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.

 
 

Retreats

Every year students, staff, and parents have the opportunity for a short retreat. A staff retreat is scheduled annually before the beginning of each school year, and a limited number of space is also available for any VdM parents who would like to join us. Besides the opportunity for spiritual reflection and rest from their busy schedules, these guided retreats serve to build community and unite the faculty, staff, and parents together in a common vision and purpose for the coming school year.

Eucharistic Adoration

Once a week students and staff are given an opportunity to attend a Holy Hour of Adoration together for the intention of the school and her students and families. All Ville de Marie Academy families are invited to join. Check the School Calendar for more detailed information.
 
 

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

A different virtue is highlighted every month in the classroom. Teachers look for the monthly virtue to be practiced amongst the students.
 
 

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.

May Crowning

The May Crowning of our Blessed Mother takes place at Ville de Marie Academy during the month of May. The service includes a procession around the school with the statue of our Lady of Fatima, a communal rosary lead by most of the grades, followed by Holy Mass. In the Chapel, each grade has the opportunity to lay roses at our Lady’s feet, and the youngest student generally has the privilege of crowning her. This is one of the most important spiritual events for the students every year.
 
 

St. Joseph's Day

The entire student body attends Holy Mass and a celebration for St. Joseph takes place with various activities. A Novena to St. Joseph by the staff, students and families is prayed nine days before the feast day.

Our Lady of Fatima Weekly Drawing

Each week a drawing is held by students and staff, and a different VdM family is selected to take home our statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Families are encouraged to pray the accompanying prayers together each evening to foster devotion to Our Lady and to offer intentions for the welfare of Ville de Marie Academy and everyone associated with the school.