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DOMINICAN CATHOLIC TRADITION

Santa Catalina School was founded by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael in 1950. The charism, or unique gift, of the Dominican Order included an emphasis on learning and service to others. Now an independent, Catholic school, Santa Catalina continues the Dominican mission by providing a holistic education that includes academic study, prayer, and community service. In the spirit of St. Catherine of Siena, patron saint and namesake of our school, the Santa Catalina community strives to effect change in our world through both word and action.


DIVERSITY OF FAITH TRADITIONS

Santa Catalina embraces the true meaning of the word "catholicity" (from the Greek words kata and holos, meaning "inclusive of everyone") with an invitation and welcoming spirit to all of our students. We affirm and celebrate the religious diversity of our student body with a grounding in the particularity of our Catholic heritage and an openness to truth.

1st Semester Religious Holidays (September-December 2017)

HolidayReligionDate
Eid al AdhaMuslimSept. 2-3
Eid al GhadeerMuslimSept. 10
Rosh Hashanah (New Year)JewishSept. 20-22
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)JewishSept. 29-30
Day of AushuraMuslimOct. 1
Sukkot (Feast of Tabbernacles)JewishOct. 4-11
Simchat Torah/Shmini AtzeretJewishOct. 11-13
Birth of the BabBahai'iOct. 20
DiwaliJain/Sikh/HinduOct. 19
All Saints DayChristianNov. 1
Arba'eenMuslimNov. 10
Eid al-Mawlid an-NabawiMuslimNov. 30
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin MaryChristianDec. 8
Our Lady of GuadalupeChristianDec. 12
Chanukah (8-day Festival)JewishDec. 12-20
ChristmasChristianDec. 25
KwanzaaAfrican-AmericanDec. 26-Jan. 1
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)BuddhistJan. 24

2nd Semester Religious Holidays (January-June 2018)

HolidayReligionDate
ChristmasEastern OrthodoxJan. 7
Asian Lunar New YearConfucian/Taoist/BuddhistFeb. 16
Ash WednesdayChristianFeb. 14
HoliHinduMarch 1-2
PurimJewishFeb. 28-March 1
Navroz (Persian New Year)Muslim/Bahai'iMarch 21
Palm SundayChristianMarch 25
Mahavir JayantiJainMarch 29
PassoverJewishMarch 30-April 7
Good FridayChristianMarch 30
Easter VigilChristianMarch 31
EasterChristianApril 1
PaschaOrthodox EasterApril 8
VaisakhiHinduApril 14
RidvanBahai'iApril 20-May 2
Ramadan BeginsMuslimMay 16
ShavuotJewishMay 19-21
Declaration of the BábBahai'iMay 23
Vesak (Buddha Day)BuddhistMay 29

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