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  • Cache-Cache

    A term in French referring to a group form of hide-and-seek traditionally played at Sacred Heart Schools. Jouer à cache-cache: to play hide-and-seek.
  • Charism

    A theological term signifying a special gift or vision given to an individual for service to the church.  The individual may found a religious community to help fulfill the gift or vision.
  • Children of Mary Sodality

    The Congregation of the Children of Mary, whose primary purpose was the spiritual formation of the students of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, was first formed in Amiens in 1816, in the Paris school in 1820. In 1832, since the rule of cloister prevented the religious from leaving their convents, Mother Barat organized a group of former students in Lyons to perform work of service, especially for the poor and needy. From these roots grew sodalities, or religious fellowships, for the various levels of students: the infant Jesus Sodality for the lower school, the Sodality of St. Aloysius for the middle school and the Sodality of the Holy Angels for the high school. The Children of Mary became the sodality to which students in their last year of high school and in college aspired. The initials E.deM., which a member wrote after her name, stood for the French Enfant de Marie.
     
    While the aims of such religious fellowships are met in different ways today, in some Sacred Heart Schools members of the former sodalities still gather for days of prayer and reflection. See this page for more details.
     
                How do I contact Children of Mary Sodality?
                Please contact the provincial house at 314-652-1500 
  • Coeur de Jésus

    Song common to many Sacred Heart schools.
     
    Refrain:
    Coeur de Jésus sauvez le monde,
    Que l’univers vous soit soumis
    En Vous seul notre espoir se fonde
    Seigneur, Seigneur, Vous nouse l’avez promis.
     
    Vous l’avez dit: Votre promesse
    Fait notr’espoir, notre Bonheur:
    “Je bénirai dans ma tendresse
    Les enfants de mon Sacré Coeur.”
     
    Vous l’avez dit: Sauveur fidèle,
    Votr’ amour nous l’a révélé:
    “Le Coeur brulant pour Moi de zèle
    Par le Mien sera console!”
     
    What is the translation of Coeur de Jésus in English?
    Heart of Jesus, save the world
    May the world be submitted to you,
    In you alone our hope is founded
    Lord, Lord, you have promise us this.
     
    You have told us: your promise
    Will be our hope, our happiness:
    “In my tenderness, I will bless
    The children of my Sacred Heart.”
     
    You have said, O faithful Savior,
    Your love has revealed it to us:
    “The heart that burns with zeal for Me
    Will find consolation in my Heart.”
     
    Where can I find the sheet music/score for Coeur de Jésus?
    Download available soon.
     
  • Congé

    Congé is an in-school holiday in most Sacred Heart schools. On these special days, classes are cancelled in favor of a”free day.” The word conge means “leave” and often means holiday. A tradition begun by St. Madeleine Sophie, congés come when they are least expected, since the planning for them is often done in secret
  • Cor Unum in Anima Unum Corde Jesus

    Cor Unum is shorthand for Cor unum in Anima Unum in Corde Jesus which translates from the Latin to mean: One Heart and One Soul/Mind in the heart of Jesus. This phrase expresses the deep desire of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, that the members of the Society of the Sacred Heart be closely united in the Heart of Jesus. The Society’s  internationality is the fruit of Sophie’s hope and generations of RSCJ remaining faithful to her vision.
  • Feast Days

    Where can I find a list of Feast Days?
                            Visit our calendar and click on “Holidays and Holy Days”
     
  • Feast Wishes

    Feast Wishes, an historically important tradition, today is an all-school gathering before the Christmas holiday during which students present the gifts of music and cards to every member of the administration, faculty and staff. 
  • Goûter

    Today, goûter is a special treat to which students in Sacred Heart schools look forward to special feast days and holidays.  Goûter: to taste.
  • Independent Schools

    Independent schools are non-profit private schools that are independent in philosophy: each is driven by a unique mission. They are also independent in the way they are managed and financed: each is governed by an independent board of trustees and each is primarily supported through tuition payments and charitable contributions. They are accountable to their communities and are accredited by state-approved accrediting bodies. For more information visit the National Association of Independent Schools
  • International Passport

    The International Passport is a small card that identifies the holder as a member of the worldwide Sacred Heart community. It is usually given by the head of school at the end of the school year to members of the graduating class.
     
                From where may I order International Passports?
                You can do so directly through our online store.
     
                Do I have to be a current student to order an International Passport?
                No, any alumni/alumnae are able to obtain an International Passport.
     
  • Local Ordinary

    The pastoral leader (bishop or archbishop) who oversees the Catholicity of institutions within his diocese (a specific geographical area).
  • Primes

    A gathering of students and their teachers, Primes traditionally was the moment during which students received cards indicating assessment of their conduct from the previous week. A card imprinted Très Bien signified “very good” in behavior; a card with Bien meant “good;” a card with Assez Bien meant “good enough,” or rather “not good enough.”  Today, Primes, sometimes called Assembly focus on students’ growth as learners. 
  • Prize Day

    The school year typically ends with a prize ceremony.  This formal assembly provides time to recognize students for their achievements in the areas of academic growth and character development. 
  • Provincial

    Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) who as leader is the governing authority for one of the geographical areas of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
     
  • Provincial Team

    The Society of the Sacred Heart is structured into provinces which are geographic regions. The leader of this designated region is the provincial.  She works with a group of sisters named the Provincial Team. A provincial is appointed by the superior general after consultation of the members of the province. The provincial appoints the provincial team is appointed by the provincial and, together with her, offers guidance for the spiritual, apostolic, and professional direction of the members of the province. 
  • Ring Ceremony

    Sacred Heart school with an upper school hosts a ring ceremony every Spring during which Juniors are given their school rings by members of the Senior class. 
  • Sacred Heart Commission on Goals (SHCOG)

    Appointed by the Provincial Team, who remains ultimately responsible for the implementation of the Society’s mission in the Schools of the Network,  SHCOG provides a system of accountability for mission as expressed in the Goals and Criteria.  The membership of SHCOG consists of the Head of the Conference of Sacred Heart Education, ex officio, the Head of SHCOG and representatives from the following areas of the school:  trustees, heads, middle managers, and faculty. SHCOG is accountable to the Provincial Team.
  • Très Bien

    French for “very good;” historically this was the highest “note” or “mark” given during weekly assemblies in recognition of the previous week’s work. 
  • Sprout Creek Farm

    Sprout Creek Farm is a working farm in Poughkeepsie, NY run by the Society of the Sacred Heart and visited by various grades for field trips, exchanges, and summer enrichment. See this page for more details.
     
                What are some opportunities to support and visit the farm?
                School Programs
                Summer Camps
                Market Products and Orders
                Support
     
                What is the contact information for Sprout Creek?
                Email: infor@sproutcreekfarm.org
                Office Phone: 845-485-8438
                Market Phone: 845-485-9885
                Address: 42 Lauer Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

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Schools of the Sacred Heart share in the educational mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart as articulated in the Goals and Criteria. The structure supporting Sacred Heart education in Canada and the United States includes the Conference of Sacred Heart Education and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.  Together they provide services and programs to ensure vitality of mission for the member schools sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart.