Catholic school interview

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  1. Shananigens

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    I have a catholic school interview tomorrow for a preschool position. Some insight on questions they ask regarding the catholic faith would be great. I went to catholic school from k-12 but I am non practicing and don't belong to a parish. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
     
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  3. ms.irene

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    I was raised Catholic-lite (cafeteria Catholic?) and went to a Catholic college, pretty much by accident. I interviewed at a Catholic school and got the job -- I was asked something like how my spirituality would affect my teaching and I said something about how my desire to teach was rooted in my desire to work for social justice. It sounds corny now, but as an earnest early 20-something, it was heartfelt.

    It was a VERY liberal school, and not all teachers were even Catholic, so your experiences may vary!
     
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    Oh and if you get the job and do have to take your kids to Mass, I recommend going to that parish a few times to get the hang of when to stand and kneel, the MO for the sharing of the peace (if they even do that anymore?), etc.
     
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    I was asked if I was okay signing a document that had a lot of things on it that went against the catholic faith. It basically said if I did any of them or talked about agreeing with any of them, I could be terminated. I also asked how I would teach based on the principles of the faith and incorporate it into my lessons.
     
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    I'm a non-catholic teaching in a Catholic school. I love it there, but be advised -- they take the morality clause very seriously. No living with a boyfriend/girlfriend (if it gets out, you would be fired,) no supporting abortion rights or same-sex marriages on Facebook, etc. etc. You have to live up to the requirements of the church. Modest attire is important to us, too.

    For me, it wasn't hard -- but for some it is very hard. Many things that are commonplace (like living with a boy/girlfriend outside of marriage) are not seen as setting a good example.

    If you are Catholic, but not practicing, they will expect you to become a part of the parish and go to church regularly.
     
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    This really depends on the school. I was living with my boyfriend at the time and while I didn't go out of my way to talk about it, my P knew and didn't care. I was a non-practicing Catholic and was never pressured to attend Mass or join the parish outside of school Masses, etc.

    We had a teacher (who became the VP) who was openly in a same-sex partnership -- again, she didn't go out of her way to rub it in her kids' faces, but we all knew and in fact, the P advocated for her to be able to put her partner on the Diocese benefits.

    Now, this was in San Francisco, but it was a very old parish (the actual Mission Dolores church, in fact!) and it was a conservative community (mostly Latino and African-American). So I believe it can differ greatly depending on the school and the community.
     
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    Last year at my catholic school the priest asked the candidates about transfiguration.
     
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    I mean, if you're going to be teaching Religion, I could see the importance of knowing your theology...Which reminds me, at the school I worked at, only teachers who were at least confirmed Catholics were able to teach Religion. I taught Religion to my 8th grade homeroom and occasionally felt unprepared my first year (but no less so than in my other subjects!!). We did a lot of prayer intentions :)
     
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    We are asked to give priest referral letters. That being said, the districts here are quite progressive compared to how Catholic schools operate in other areas. Transgender-friendly policies are now in place in even elementary, however the whole same-sex marriage issue is still one man, one woman. We're in a contradictory phase atm.
     

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