Household System

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

Helias Catholic cultivates a school-wide House system, which exists as a means of engaging all students – body, mind and spirit – and fostering meaningful relationships. The House system exists to further the vision of Helias Catholic High School to build a community of saints and scholars for Christ. Students are assigned to their respective houses upon initial enrollment at Helias Catholic and remain in those houses through all grade levels.

Goals of the House System:

  • Help each student know and love Jesus and the people in the Helias Catholic community more deeply.
  • Foster a feeling of belonging to the Helias Catholic family.
  • Provide faith, service and social opportunities outside of standard instructional time.
  • Create opportunities to grow and support students’ natural gifts and talents.

Evangelists:

    • 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 and 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

Missionaries:

    • Saints: St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare
    • Colors: Green and Gold 
    • Motto: familia supra omnia — Family Overall
  • Symbolism:
    • Simplicity of the shield refers to the simple life of both St. Francis and St. Clare.
    • Wings represent dove wings which are typically seen with St. Francis and the cross is that of St. Francis of Assisi as well. 

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.

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

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.