Divine Child High School is a co-ed Catholic high school centered in Gospel values and Christian tradition.
Divine Child students develop a strong foundation in faith, ethics, and morals. Through daily theology classes, weekly Eucharistic Adoration, annual retreats, community service, all-school liturgies and daily mass offered before school, our students have the opportunity to grow in their faith. We are dedicated to developing youth who pursue lives of responsibility, leadership and faith in action.
Our Christian Service Program stresses service not only to the school but to the greater community as well. Each student is required to participate in a minimum of ten hours of Christian Service per academic year but many of them go well beyond this requirement. Volunteering in various capacities with over fifty local charitable organizations (partial list below), our students provide over 15,000 hours of service to the community each year.
- All Saints Soup Kitchen
- Belle Isle Conservncy
- Capuchin Soup Kitchen
- Children with Hair Loss
- Cookies for Cass Corridor
- Dearborn Animal Shelter
- Forgotten Harvest
- Gleaners Community Food Bank
- Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan
- Henderson Academy
- Lennon Pregnancy Center
- Motor City Blight Busters
- Our Lady of Good Counsel PB & J Ministry
- Prison Ministry of Oakland County at Christmas
- Project Linus
- Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
- St. Mary Food Depot in Wayne
- St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center
- Sweet Dreamz
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul
- Vista Maria
The Divine Child High School community actively celebrates its faith together. Daily Mass is offered at 6:30 a.m. at Church of the Divine Child. Our theology classes attend weekly Eucharistic Adoration and students are welcome to visit our school Chapel for a moment of quiet prayer during their busy day.
In addition to daily religious instruction, each student at Divine Child High School is afforded the privilege of participating in annual retreats aligned with their grade level’s theology curriculum.
- PSO DCHS Family Liturgy
- Spirit Week & Homecoming
- All Saints Day
- Immaculate Conception
- Advent Liturgy of Remembrance
- Catholic Schools Week
- Ash Wednesday
- Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Ceremony
- End of Year Liturgy
- Junior Ring Day
- Communal Penance with Individual Reconciliation
- Stations of the Cross
- May Crowning
- Senior Farewell
Freshmen: God IS Love - focus on God's Love and Creation
Sophomores: Respect for Oneself and Others - shaped around healthy relationships and God's love, influenced by the Theology of the Body in Catholic Social Teaching
Juniors: Calling Us to Serve - the experience is themed around "Who are we called to serve?"
Seniors: How do We Serve God in the World? - a culmination of the retreat curriculum focused on finding strength in trusting God
In humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Last year, with the support of our students, parents, faculty and community members, we were able to make a donation of $50,000 to The Capuchin Kitchen through our Pledge: Faith in Action initiative. We would like to continue our efforts in giving and supporting the community by focusing our efforts in support of not one, but four different charities. That means, all of the proceeds of this year's Pledge: Faith in Action fundraiser will be donated to four worthy organizations and not retained by the High School.
The following organizations were selected by the student body:
- Class of 2019 - Gleaner's Community Food Bank
- Class of 2020 - Diocese of Fairbanks/Northern Alaska
- Class of 2021 - The Lennon Center
- Class of 2022 - St. Vincent de Paul
When Pledge: Faith in Action began, our primary goal was to encourage our students to live out their faith through Christian service and to cultivate a philosophy of philanthropy to carry with them beyond high school. By taking Pledge: Faith in Action to the next level, we hope students will see firsthand how giving selflessly of their time, talent and treasure -- and receiving nothing in return -- will enhance their spiritual journey and magnify the impact the Divine Child community can have on the four organizations that our students voted on.
Students will be encouraged to obtain pledges for their service hours and to reach their personal goals, but we wanted to reduce the "burden" on families to meet a financial obligation, and instead focus on the important service that is asked of their students. We have set our overall financial goal this year at $10,000 per class, with a per-student goal of $50. We are asking parents to support this initiative by sharing their student's class web page with friends and associates via social media and e-mail.
Here's how Pledge: Faith in Action will work:
Step 1: From October 3rd to November 1st, students will ask their family, friends, and neighbors to "sponsor" them for a day of service by collecting pledges that will support Divine Child High School's mission of developing youth who pursue lives of responsibility, leadership, and faith in action. This year we will continue to use a web-based tool called everydayhero, the same web-based tool we used in previous years' Pledge: Faith in Action campaigns. We encourage you to learn more about everydayhero and the ways in which it has allowed people to take their fundraising to the next level. Each class will have their own page to collect pledges for Pledge: Faith in Action. Please encourage your student to share this page with friends and family through email and social media. Likewise, friends and family can share the class's page on their own social media to help create exposure and increase the impact of Pledge: Faith in Action. As in the past, supporters can make secure credit card donations through this fundraising page and students can track their class's progress in real time. We are strongly encouraging supporters to give online as it helps us track and acknowledge our donors in a more timely fashion. However, if you wish to submit a donation by cash or check, we ask that students pick up a Pledge: Faith in Action envelope from the front office. As pledges and funds are tracked, students can participate in service recognition days that commend students for their efforts to gain pledges to help support Gleaner's Community Food Bank, the Diocese of Fairbanks/Northern Alaska, The Lennon Center, and St. Vincent de Paul. While these days are incentives, they are also visual reminders that students are meeting goals and putting their faith into action.
Step 2: During the month of March, students will go out into the community and take part in a day of service with their respective class levels. Classes will go to one of several community locations to do a variety of projects that help within the Metro Detroit area. In the past students have worked with the Capuchin Kitchen, Forgotten Harvest, Children With Hair Loss, Cass Community Services, and Gleaner's Community Food bank, among others.
Step 3: We encourage the students to continue to complete service hours in the community with family and friends through the 2018-2019 school year and document the service projects so that we can all share in their Christian service experience.
We are confident that our students will make Pledge: Faith in Action even more successful than last year. Thank you in advance for your support.