This year our school is also focusing on the Church’s Catholic Social Teachings so that our students and staff have another opportunity to grow in spirit. Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith. Students have learned about these teachings in their religion curriculum, but we want to ensure that all students and staff members know the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching, understand them, and have experiences putting them into practice. We are choosing a Social Teaching on which to concentrate each month. We began with the Life and Dignity of the Human Person which teaches us that every human being is created in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ, and therefore is invaluable and worthy of respect as a member of the human family. Every person, from the moment of conception to natural death, has inherent dignity and a right to life consistent with that dignity. Human dignity comes from God, not from any human quality or accomplishment. [USCCB] We will focus on the month’s social teaching during morning announcements, at All-school Mass, in religion class, through service projects, and by connecting the teachings to our school-wide theme of being a Superhero.