The Domestic Church

At St. John Bosco Academy, we value parents as the first and most essential teachers of their children.  We believe as the Church teaches, that the family is “the vital cell” of society, and that rebuilding the culture to a civilization of love and life must begin precisely where the breakdown began: in the family. 

"The well-being of the individual person and of both human and Christian society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family life” (CCC 1603).

The nature of the hybrid system is such that it naturally lends itself to foster familial relationships and unity.  We recognize this as being one of the most beneficial aspects of the hybrid model: parents remain the primary sphere of influence throughout the child’s formative years.

“In our own time, in a world often alien and even hostile to faith, believing families are of primary importance as centers of living, radiant faith. For this reason the Second Vatican Council, using an ancient expression, calls the family the Ecclesia domestica (the domestic church). It is in the bosom of the family that parents are ‘by word and example . . . the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children...’ It is here that the father of the family, the mother, children, and all members of the family exercise the priesthood of the baptized in a privileged way ‘by the reception of the sacraments, prayer and thanksgiving, the witness of a holy life, and self-denial and active charity.’ Thus the home is the first school of Christian life and ‘a school for human enrichment.’ Here one learns endurance and the joy of work, fraternal love, generous - even repeated - forgiveness, and above all divine worship in prayer and the offering of one's life” (CCC 1656-1657).