Household System

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42

Helias cultivates a school-wide Household System, which exists as a means of engaging all students – body, mind, and spirit – and fostering meaningful relationships.  The Household System exists to further the mission of Helias Catholic High School to build a community of saints and scholars for Christ!

Each student is placed in a single-gender, multi-grade “Family,” consisting of one faculty member and approximately twenty students.  These Families meet weekly and provide an opportunity for community-building in a smaller setting. All Families are grouped with five other Families to create a six Family “Household.”  While each Family is single-gender, Houses consist of three female and three male Families.  These Houses meet weekly during “House Time” which is an opportunity to broaden relationships.

 

Goals of the Community System

  • Help each student know and love Jesus and the people in the Helias community more deeply
  • Foster a feeling of belonging to the Helias family
  • Provide faith, service, and social opportunities outside of standard instructional time
  • Create opportunities to grow and support students’ natural gifts and talents
  • Ensure care of all students by providing each student with an adult mentor

Head of Households is Mrs. Jacki Crider (jcrider@heliascatholic.com)

Stewards:

  • Saints: Padre Pio and Therese of Lisieux
  • Color: Maroon and Gold
  • Motto: Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry, quote by Padre Pio
  • Symbolism:
    • Rose: Represents St. Therese she is known as the “Little Flower” the saint of little ways
    • Stigmata: (Wounds in the hands) represent Padre Pio who bore the wounds of Christ
    • Hands: Represent Stewards are to take care of something of importance for someone else
    • Earth: God called us to be Stewards of this earth- we have dominion over the things of earth, but we are to be good stewards-to leave things better than what we found them, to make life better for the people around us
    • Swords: We are armed with the intercession of our patron saints who defend us

Scholars:

  • Saints:  St. Benedict and St. Scholastica
  • Colors:  Purple and Gold
  • Motto:  virtue/excellence of the Scholars
  • Symbolism:
    • Birds: The white dove is a symbol of St. Scholastica and peace.  The raven is a symbol St. Benedict. When someone attempted to poison St. Benedict a raven swooped down and flew off with the poisoned bread, saving his life.
    • Upper Left symbol:  It is the Jerusalem cross with the name of St. Scholastica surrounding it with the latin word “pax” at the top, which means “peace”.
    • Upper Right symbol:  Is the Benedictine cross, named after St. Benedict himself, and is used to ward off evil.
    • Lower left Alpha and Omega symbol:  First and last letters of the Greek alphabet.  It represents the Lords divinity and that he is the beginning and the end.  The olive branch over the alpha-omega represents peace.
    • Lower right symbol:  the mortarboard and books represent academics and graduation.
    • The three pillars:  represent the three pillars (or foundation) of the roman catholic church.

Warriors:

  • Saints: St. Maximilian Kobe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
  • Colors: Red symbolizes martyrs who have died for the faith
  • Motto: “The Lord is with me like a mighty warrior” Jeremiah 20:11
  • Symbolism:
    • The Helmet: Crusaders as warriors of the faith
    • The Cross and Sword: Those who fight for the faith due so by wearing and living the cross not by using violence.

Missionaries:

  • Saints:
  • Colors: Green & Gold
  • Motto:
  • Symbolism:

Evangelist:

  • Saints: St. Teresa and St. John Paul II
  • Colors: Blue and Gold
  • Motto: “Vivite Ut Evangelizetis” in latin, which means “Live to Evangelize”
  • Symbolism:
    • Blackbird: Bird offers the concept of spiritual world traveling above the “mundane” of normal life. The color black represents the “dark night of the soul” of Mother Teresa.
    • Vine: Represents the connection of Jesus, “I am the vine, you are the branches” (John 15:5) that all Evangelists are called to add people to. The green represents the life which God provides.
    • The White on the Vine: Represents the joy for the life we receive through being a part of the vine
    • Blue Shield: House color; also connects to the blue of Mother Teresa.
    • Large letter E: For Evangelist
    • Cross Style: The cross/letter is the same style as the cross symbol on John Paul II’s crest

Explorers:

  • Saints: St. Sebastian & St. Cecilia
  • Colors: Gold & Black
  • Motto: Avec Dieu on n’est jamais perdu – With God we are never lost
  • Symbolism:
    • Compass: Made out arrows to represent St. Sebastian, double as a compass to signify sharing of God’s word to the world
    • World map: Always stay curious and adventurous
    • Piano keys: represent cecilia the patron saint of music
    • Letter S: St. Sebastian
    • Letter C: St. Cecilia
    • Background of Shield: Represents a bow and arrow