St. Patrick Parish Mission Statement
We are committed through Eucharist and Sacred Scripture to be united as a Catholic community, loving one another as Christ loves us.
St. Mary Elementary and Junior High School Mission Statement
The school family of St. Mary Elementary and Junior High School of Dixon, Illinois affirm the following: the Gospel message, mutual compassion, understanding, respect, and responsibility to our faith community while experiencing a Catholic education community. Each child will encounter God through service and gratitude by following Jesus' example.
The philosophy of this school is to lead the students to reach their true potential – spiritually, academically, socially and physically.
The goal, spiritually, is for each student to develop a personal relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, as taught in the Scripture and Sacred Tradition. God's truth and message are integrated into all learning.
We strive for academic excellence by developing essential self-directed learning and critical thinking skills. Knowledge is emphasized rather than grades as is cooperation rather than competition.
Opportunities are provided for the students to engage in service activities in the home, school, parish, and community. Through these activities, the students develop into responsible citizens and show respect and care for all individuals.
The students are encouraged to develop healthy bodies through physical education classes and extracurricular programs. The emphasis of these programs is skill development, team building, and good sportsmanship. Through this framework of spiritual, academic, social, and physical growth, each child is encouraged and guided to discover his/her own gifts and to realize and be grateful for the full value of these gifts from God in an atmosphere of faith.