Catholic Identity

Celebrating Our Faith

Holy Family is proud and privileged to be a Catholic school. We take the daily practice of our faith very seriously and strive to serve the Lord with joyful hearts. Some of the many ways we celebrate our faith include:

  • Morning opening prayer
  • Daily religion class
  • Classroom prayer & prayer before meals
  • Faith-based retreats
  • Catholic Schools Week celebrations
  • Celebrations of Liturgical seasons
  • Weekly Mass, with student organizers and readers
  • Reconciliation services
  • Daily integration of faith and academics
  • HFCS school pledge
  • Daily afternoon prayer and monthly Rosary

Catholic Identity Standards

Holy Family Catholic School is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA).  A significant element of the WCEA expectations is the foundational Catholic identity of the schools it accredits.  The Catholic Identity standards below are integral to our identity as a Catholic School.

Roman Catholic Faith Integration

The school has a mission statement and philosophy statement, which indicate the integration of the Roman Catholic Faith into all aspects of school life.

School Community Faith

The school provides regular opportunities for the school community to experience prayer and the Sacraments. We faithfully implement our Safe Environment program and Circle of Grace.

Religion Curriculum & Instruction

The school has a Religion curriculum and instruction that is faithful to the Roman Catholic Church teachings and meets the requirements set forth by the USCCB.

Catholic Faith Teachers

The Local Ordinary approves those who teach the Catholic Faith (Canon 805), and there is ongoing formation for catechetical and instructional competence.

Active Parental Partnership

The school maintains an active partnership with parents whose fundamental concern is the spiritual and academic education of their children. (Canon 796)

Community Service Outreach

The school has a service-oriented outreach to the Church and the civic community after the example of Jesus Christ who said, “I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you.” (John 13:15)

Roman Catholic Church Traditions

The school uses signs, sacramentals, traditions, and rituals of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Good News of Jesus

All school personnel are actively engaged in bringing the Good News of Jesus into the total educational experience.

What If I'm Not Catholic?

HFCS welcomes all families, regardless of faith denomination, seeking a high-quality, faith-based, academically excellent educational placement. During Mass, we welcome non-Catholic students and guests to come up to the minister at Communion and receive a blessing. Click here for more FAQs.

If you want to become Catholic, there are many opportunities to explore the Catholic faith! All three of our affiliate parish communities offer yearly classes in Catholicism called RCIA (for adults) and RCIC (for children).

North Idaho is blessed to have vibrant Catholic communities.  There are three parish communities affiliated with Holy Family Catholic School.
Interested in Finding a Church?
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic ChurchSt. George’s Catholic Church
Pope St. Pius X Catholic Church

Learn More

We have assembled the following Catholic links for your convenience as a practical and handy resource.
Catholic Resources
Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise
US Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Holy See, Vatican
Dynamic Catholic
St. Mary’s PressFranciscan MediaAscension Press