Be it known to all who enter, that Christ is the reason for this school. He is the unseen but ever present teacher in its classes. He is the model of its faculty and the inspiration of its students.
Reitz Memorial High School works to build a community of faith founded on Catholic principles where students not only receive an excellent education, but they are also prepared to be disciples of Jesus Christ. The faculty and staff provide a safe environment where students are taught to love God and their neighbor in concrete ways and put into practice the virtues of faith, hope, and love.
Considering the challenges that our students find today in living out their faith we want to give them the tools necessary to be people of integrity, in a drastically changing culture. For this reason we focus on three fundamental and interrelated elements: Theology, Spirituality, and Service. All of which address the intellectual, spiritual and human formation of our young people.
The study of God and its application to our lives is an essential element to our Catholic Tradition. Students continue their faith formation through the six core courses that we offer. Freshman year students have two semesters of theology while sophomores, juniors and seniors each have one semester. During their junior or senior year, students are expected to take a course in social justice.
In our theology courses we cover scripture, the sacraments, church history, morality, social justice and other areas that help students to apply their faith to specific challenges they encounter today.
Prayer is a daily experience at Memorial High School. We begin each day with prayer and Mass is offered once a week before school. Every month there is an all-school liturgy, in which the students participate as music ministers, lectors, gift-bearers and Eucharistic ministers. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is always available for students as a place of quiet reflection where the Blessed Sacrament is reposed.
Yearly, students attend a retreat as a class that provides them an opportunity to grow in their individual relationship with God, strengthen the unity of their class, and exemplify what it means to be a young Christian disciple.
In response to Jesus’ command to love and serve on another, the students of Reitz Memorial High School are encouraged to live a lifestyle which involves a loving response to the needs of others. In light of this philosophy, Reitz Memorial regards Christian service as an integral component of the holistic education of each student.
In addition to the benefits for the recipients of their service, students should find it rewarding and productive for their own growth. The personal efforts to serve others will add an essential dimension to their educational experience. Therefore, all students will actively participate in at least two (2) service projects per school year.