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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Saints: Padre Pio and Therese of Lisieux
- Color: Maroon and Gold
- Motto: Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry, quote by Padre Pio
- 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
- Saints: St. Benedict and St. Scholastica
- Colors: Purple and Gold
- Motto: virtue/excellence of the Scholars
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Colors: Green & Gold
- Saints: St. Teresa and St. John Paul II
- Colors: Blue and Gold
- Motto: “Vivite Ut Evangelizetis” in latin, which means “Live to Evangelize”
- 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
- Saints: St. Sebastian & St. Cecilia
- Colors: Gold & Black
- Motto: Avec Dieu on n’est jamais perdu – With God we are never lost
- 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