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Goal 1 Reflections

Goal Reflections

This year, we continue to seek the guidance and wisdom from our founder as we examine and reflect upon each of the Holy Child Network of Schools Goals.

The Network Goals are grounded in our 150-year heritage and influenced by the unique challenge of educating children for the 21st century. Developed by Holy Child educators, they are principles by which we teach children, and, in doing so, perpetuate our tradition. As we move through the school year, we will take time to focus on each goal and infuse it in all that we do. For example, our weekly Homeroom in the Gym and Prayer Block will be centered around the Goals and our mission moments (found in Happenings each week) will highlight the ways our community is seen living out the goal. This exercise will bring consistency and purpose to our days as we strive to follow Cornelia Connelly’s example of living lives of joy, zeal, and compassion.

As we move through the year, we will share how we are living out the goals in the classroom and beyond. See below for student reflections of Goal 1: Holy Child Schools foster a faith commitment that engenders a joyous personal relationship with God in addressing the challenges of the world.

"The faith life of our school permeates everything we do here at Holy Child. It shapes how we treat each other, how we give back to our community, and how we strive to live by Jesus’ example. It is through our faith that we are sustained, where we find courage to persevere when we are challenged. I have found our strong community of faith has been a personal blessing, and one I am honored to be a part of."

Written by Dr. Shannon Gomez, Head of School

Allen_Amanda

"To me, faith is always having that inner feeling of comfort and trust that God has your back; He has a plan for each and every one of us. I have noticed that when I connect to my faith and pray and even talk to God, I truly feel happier and have a stronger sense of self. It is so different to try to cope and go through a tough time feeling alone, like no one but you can understand, than if you just open yourself up to God who is always there. Faith isn’t just “praying” to God and asking Him to basically miraculously help you fix a problem you have. For me, it’s always having a sense of fulfillment and happiness that even when things don’t go my way, it doesn’t mean that God “hates” me or is letting something bad happen to me, but I know that God has a bigger plan."

Written by Amanda A., Class of 2022

Millard_Mary Catherine

"To me, faith is trusting in God even when you don’t understand His plan. Despite all the challenges and obstacles, we face in this world, we can still maintain a joyful spirit knowing the God’s plan for each individual on this Earth is so unique and special. We are all capable of doing great things in our lives, and faith is the first step we can take in making them a reality not only for ourselves but also for others. Together as a community and through our shared faith, we can realize our potential for greatness making the world a better place for our generation and those who come after us. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.'"

Written by Macie M., Class of 2021

Williams_Lucy

"To me, faith is always having that inner feeling of comfort and trust that God has your back; He has a plan for each and everyone of us. I have noticed that when I connect to my faith and pray and even talk to God, I truly feel happier and have a stronger sense of self. It is so different to try to cope and go through a tough time feeling alone, like no one but you can understand, than if you just open yourself up to God who is always there. Faith isn’t just “praying” to God and asking Him to basically miraculously help you fix a problem you have. For me, it’s always having a sense of fulfillment and happiness that even when things don’t go my way, it doesn’t mean that God “hates” me or is letting something bad happen to me, but I know that God has a bigger plan."

Written by Lucy W., Class of 2022