Catholic identity at St. Francis de Sales Central Catholic is rooted in relationships, whether the relationships are with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; the Church; family; friends; or society as a whole. These relationships are fostered in countless ways, including but not limited to the following:
- Prayer at the beginning and end of every day, as well as before lunch and before individual classes begin.
- The weekly celebration of Mass for every child in grades 3-8, as well as all-school liturgies and monthly prayer services for our younger grades.
- An engaging and rigorous religion curriculum that teaches each child not only the dictates of the Church, but that in the end, human dignity is dependent upon our human faith in God and the free exercise of that faith - whether that faith is Catholic, Christian, or any other peace-loving tradition.
- Weekly offerings of food and money to benefit local food pantries.
- Yearly classroom service projects to benefit the poor and disadvantaged.
- Extraordinary acts of charity in response to extraordinary needs. For instance, St. Francis students this year have raised on their own initiative well over $2,500 to benefit Haiti relief efforts... and they have done so without any expectation of reward.
- Class retreats for all students in our middle school grades to build fellowship with God and with each other.
- A focused effort at staff professional development in the areas of catechesis and spirituality.
- The P.S.A.L.M. student organization that advocates in West Virginia on behalf of global efforts to eradicate the use of land mines and cluster munitions.
- Our Families in Touch (FIT) group of parents that meet weekly before the school liturgies in prayer and fellowship, and read aloud the petitions of our students.
In short, the central curriculum of St. Francis and the core of our Catholic identity are the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy!