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Campus Ministry Program

Campus Ministry Program

Mary Star of the Sea High School’s mission is to provide an environment which fosters love of God and neighbor.  It is therefore of great importance that the campus ministry program provides the students with frequent opportunities for reception of the Sacraments, personal prayer, Christian charity, and service to others.

The Eucharist:  The Eucharistic Sacrifice is celebrated once a month for the entire student body.  The scheduled date and time for these celebrations is found in the school calendar.  Mass is also celebrated on other special occasions such as class retreats, holy days of obligation and in preparation for various athletic events.

Reconciliation:  The Sacrament of Penance is offered once a month to the entire student body.  Students desiring to receive the Sacrament of Penance at other times may schedule an appointment during the school day with a priest on campus.

Adoration and Benediction:  Adoration and Benediction of the Holy Eucharist is provided at least once a quarter for the entire student body.  Both guided meditations and quiet personal prayer are provided during this service.
Days of Prayer:  The freshman and sophomore classes have an off campus day of prayer and reflection once a year.  Since the day of prayer is part of the school day, all students are required to attend.

Retreats:  Juniors and seniors interested in participating in a serious, spiritual retreat are provided the opportunity to attend an off-campus overnight retreat.  All students are highly encouraged to attend these retreats but they are not mandatory.  One additional weekend retreat will be offered for all students who wish to further develop their spiritual life.  The retreats will be coordinated by the director of campus ministry and will be supervised by faculty members and additional adults as needed.  Participation in all overnight retreats requires completion of an application process, including a signed behavior contract and retreat fee payment.  No student will be denied a retreat opportunity due to financial need.  Contact the director of campus ministry for financial assistance.

Campus Ministry Guest Speakers:  Guest speakers are invited several times a year to give presentations to the entire student body.  These presentations are directed to motivate the students to live out their commitment as Catholic Christians.

Charity Drives:  Charity drives to help the poor are scheduled throughout the school year:  Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive, Christmas Toy Drive, and the Lenten Mission Drive.  These are opportunities for the entire school community to express Christian charity to the less fortunate.  The items and monies collected are distributed to the poor in the local community as well as to the missions abroad.

Christian Service:  The Christian Service Program seeks to develop the faith of each student so that service becomes a part of daily life.  Mary Star of the Sea High School challenges students to develop themselves as whole persons—spiritually, intellectually, and physically.  In this spirit, the Christian Service Program provides a hands-on experience, at least once a month, for our students to answer the needs of the community through a Christ-centered person-to-person ministry.