“With God, we strive for Excellence –
Kia kaha ka haerenga me Te Atua.”
Charism is a gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church, communicated through a particular person who gathers disciples around him or her or with whom he or she translates a bold vision into action.
Charism is a living passion for whatever dimension of the life of Christ is missing now - peace, truth, mercy … it is the heart of the foundress/founder that was aglow at the period of history, beating on in us in another day and age. It is ever changing … It is where the reign of God is needed most. It develops from age to age and dies from age to age … and then grows up in a new way.
Holy Cross Catholic School follows the Charism of our Patron, St. Francis of Assisi, acknowledging the presence of the Capuchin Brothers who follow in his footsteps, which is “To joyfully live the Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ.” St. Francis of Assisi loved nature, animals and God as Creator of all things. St. Francis of Assisi imitated Jesus so closely that he became known as “Alter Christi” (another Christ).
Holy Cross Catholic School is an extension of the family and the Church, and we embody the values and teachings of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd. This is manifested through our relationships, sacramental celebrations, rituals and symbols which can be found in a setting which strongly upholds the dignity and value of each person, made in the likeness and image of God.
The Special Character of Holy Cross Catholic School as defined in the Integration Agreement is as follows:
“The school is a Roman Catholic School in which the whole school community, through the general school programme and its instruction and observances, exercises the right to live and teach the values of Jesus Christ. These values are expressed in the Scriptures and in the practices, worship and doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church as determined from time to time by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland.”