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Faith

  • Just as important to a school community as a strong curriculum and engaging pedagogy is the need for a positive school culture.  Notre Dame High School is a community whose culture is inspired by Gospel values, taught in the tradition of the Catholic Church, and exemplified by our Charism taken from The Acts of the Apostles, Cor Unum Et Anima Una, which means, One Heart and One Spirit.  It is a description of the early Christian community of believers, united in faith, prayer and good works.  

    The word Charism refers to the spiritual orientation of our unique Catholic school ministry, or our Christian character, which is the cornerstone of our school.  As a Catholic school ministry in the Diocese of San Bernardino our mission calls us to form the heart, mind, and soul of each of our students.  In partnership with our families, school staff, and parish communities,  students are challenged to fulfill their unique God-given potential within an inclusive environment where teachers facilitate the learning process.  Our Charism of One Heart and One Spirit describes the total educational experience at Notre Dame High School, grounded in faith, active in scholarship, and engaged in community.

    As a school administrator in one of seven high schools in the greater Riverside area I will always say that our colleagues in the public schools do a good job with curriculum and pedagogy.  However, what they do not have is our Charism, the character of our school.   Through our schools pillars of faith, scholarship, and community, we are committed to educating the whole child in a Christ-centered environment that fosters faith development, lifelong learning, and the awareness of each person’s responsibility to care for our world.

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    Cor Unum Et Anima Una
  • Notre Dame fosters a Catholic faith based community enriched with programs and a strong curriculum blessed by the Bishop. Students complete a theology course each year aligned with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops which provides students with a knowledge  and understanding of the Catholic faith. Students are given many opportunities to grow in their faith through daily masses, retreats, and a peer ministry academic pathway. Our school is proud to be a pillar in their faith formation and overall growth as a Catholic community leader.


    Our daily masses are hosted by our chaplain in the morning for students, their families and our staff. Our time for prayer and worship is encouraged and enriched to welcome all. Our school also hosts monthly, grade level and holy days of obligation masses to provide an opportunity to bring our community together through the Holy Spirit. We begin classes, meetings, school gatherings and sporting events with prayer which provides a faith formation for our students as they grow and learn about the Catholic faith.


    Notre Dame provides spiritual retreats for our students and staff members. Our staff attend PMFP courses in their first years hired to be enriched and developed to educate our students. Providing retreats for our staff helps educate our students and provide an enriched environment grounded in faith. Student retreats include grade level, boys/girls and eight grade feeder School hosted by our peer ministers. The Campus Minister has developed a two year academic and spiritual pathway for Student leaders active in their Catholic faith. These servant leaders are enrolled in a two year peer ministry program where they work to prepare retreats, masses and continue their academic and spiritual theology curriculum.

    Elizabeth Devlin
    Campus Minister

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    Campus Ministry