Be it known to all who enter Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal School that Christ is the reason for the school.
Our purpose as Vincentian educators, is to foster faith, service, and excellence in the Catholic Christian Education of our youth.
Christ, the unseen but ever present teacher in our classes, harmoniously develops the whole child with emphasis on their spiritual, moral, physical and intellectual being.
Together with the school families, the faculty and staff model Gospel values, centered on the Eucharist, in a community of worship and social concern.
We, as Catholic educators at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Parish School are committed to the Catholic education of youth. We strive to educate the whole person by fostering the spiritual, intellectual, social, psychological, and physical potential of each student in a Christ-centered environment.
We base our philosophy on the principles as stated in the pastoral message of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. The four-fold purpose of Catholic education is to teach doctrine, worship, build community, and foster service. We acknowledge the parents as the Primary Educators of their children. They have the responsibility to assist their children in living up to his/her purpose and potential in life. The faculty will strive to enhance the parental responsibility of guiding the students to achieve, greater degrees of self-realization, self-acceptance, and awareness of obligations toward God and fellow human beings.
The school first opened in 1954 through the leadership of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul. The Daughters of Charity are an international community founded in Paris, France in 1633 by St. Vincent De Paul and St. Louise de Marillac. The charisma of the community is shared with the students, faculty, staff, and parents by focusing on special Vincentian saints, and teaching about the community and its mission to serve the poor.
Our school patron saints are St. Vincent De Paul, St. Louise de Marillac, and St. Catherine Laboure. The Miraculous Medal was given to St. Catherine Laboure By Blessed Mother through an apparition. All persons who wear the Miraculous Medal are believed to receive special graces.
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal rests on the foundation of the Vincentian charism, which is based on the example and teachings of St. Vincent de Paul. A 17th-Century priest, St. Vincent recognized Jesus Christ as the ultimate teacher, and followed Him by dedicating his life to prayer and service.
St. Vincent’s mission was to serve the poorest of the poor, whom he called his “lords” and “masters.” He integrated both prayer and reflection into his service, and encouraged others to do the same.
St. Vincent’s success in calling both religious and lay people to join in his work laid the foundation for many Vincentian groups that exist today. Some of these groups include the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Priests), the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul (which St. Vincent founded with St. Louise de Marillac), the Ladies of Charity, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Vincentian Marian Youth (which has a group at St. Vincent School).
The entire Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal School community endeavors to follow the example of prayer and service St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac set for us four centuries ago. We are thankful and proud to be part of the Vincentian family.
The school day begins and ends with prayer. Every Monday the entire student body gathers at the Peace Tree to pray and begin the week together. Each departmental class begins with a prayer. In addition to daily Religion classes, devotions proper to the liturgical seasons and feasts of the Church are emphasized and celebrated. The Rite of Reconciliation is provided twice a year for Catholic students in grades two through eight. Catholic children are prepared for the sacrament of the Eucharist in the Second grade. Parents are expected to attend preparation meetings for the sacrament. All children are expected to participate fully in religion services.
Since Mass is the principle act of worship, families enrolled in Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal School are expected to faithfully observe the obligation of attending the Saturday vigil or Sunday celebration of the Eucharist as scheduled in their respective parishes. One day each month, and on special feast days, student body liturgies are held. Parents are urged to participate in our student body liturgies.