Campus Ministry belongs to everyone at Notre Dame! The many aspects of Campus Ministry here at Notre Dame assures that there is a place for everyone to offer her gifts and talents, her energy and life to make service-learning a fun-filled, growing and meaningful experience.
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Leadership in campus ministry is assumed by the Campus Ministry Team, in collaboration with the campus minister and her assistant. The team meetings, conducted by the executive committee, happen each Monday afternoon. We meet to plan and organize the various activities and programs for which Campus Ministry is responsible.
Involvement in the liturgical life of the Notre Dame family can be on many levels. Some help in the actual preparation of each liturgy. Others use their musical talents to enhance the worship experience. Singers and readers, poets and artists, all contribute their special talents. ALL who gather are "celebrants."
Each Wednesday the school community gathers together for prayer with students and faculty assuming leadership roles by presiding and offering the reflection.
Each class, from grade six through eleven, participates in a yearly retreat. The Junior School, in particular, spends a day in retreat on-campus followed by an evening dance and celebration. The faculty, too, take a day for prayer and reflection. The KAIROS Retreat, a four-day retreat for seniors, is offered two or three times a year depending on the size of the senior class. Campus Ministry strives to connect a living faith with everyday life through prayerful reflection and meaningful rituals. Retreat days are part of the spiritual life of each student.
Gospel Service is a hallmark of the Christian formation process here at Notre Dame. From the 6th grader who adopts a "grandparent" at Fair Acres to the senior who still keeps in touch with her Cyprian Capers friend, each has discovered something new about herself, about human need and about the mutuality of true service.
The Christian formation of young women is a serious responsibility. Our service must be grounded in gospel values if we are to be disciples of Jesus. Reflection is an intrinsic part of both the choice of service and the experience itself. Dedication and faithfulness are key. It is modeled by the faculty who participate in various service-learning activities, providing encouragement and support every step of the way. Notre Dame has a long tradition of outstanding service-learning flowing from the philosophy and mission of the school. The students who carry on this heritage find a "blessing" behind each face.
Notre Dame has many exciting events throughout the year to raise our awareness of the needs of others and our responsibility to work toward justice and dignity for all. The Gesu Picnic held each autumn, hosts inner-city children from the Gesu School. Notre Dame students are "big sisters" for the children and fun spills all over the campus! Teatime with the Melmark girls and scientific discoveries with the Cyprian Capers kids bring special folks on campus. Monthly visits to Women of Hope and Hunger Awareness events throughout the year help us all to remember and address the many hungers of the human family. The Turkey Drive, Advent "Presence", Summer service trips...there is rarely an event at Notre Dame that isn’t special!
Always, we try to offer the gift of ourselves, a listening heart and a word of encouragement to each person we meet. "We believe that each individual is a reflection of the good God, and deserves to be respected, loved, supported and encouraged." That, after all, is what MINISTRY is all about!