There are numerous ways for both Middle School and High School students to get involved in Campus Ministry at Notre Dame, either as members taking part in planning and facilitating activities, or participating at events. High School Campus Ministry meets Monday from 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm. Middle School Campus Ministry meets every other Tuesday during Community Time.
The Campus Ministry Team is supported by committees, each ran by senior executives. Seniors have the opportunity to lead committees through an application process at the end of their junior years. These committee executives run their individual meetings to brainstorm, organize, and facilitate their activities and events. Team meetings happen Monday after school and executives meet Friday during Community Time with the Campus Minister. Our goal is to provide service opportunities, faith enrichment, retreats, and pastoral care to our Notre Dame community.
Our school community meets several times throughout the academic year to celebrate Mass together. Students of all grade levels are invited to take an active role in Liturgies and prayer services. Students can participate in School Liturgies as readers, cantors, gift bearers, and altar servers. Those Campus Ministry members on the Liturgical Committee assist with set-up for Liturgies and greet the community as they are seated. Additionally, Mass is offered before school once a week during Advent and Lent. Our school meets weekly for Community Prayer, which gathers the entire school community to listen to a scripture reading followed by a student led reflection. Students also lead various prayer services and rosary prayer groups frequently.
Each class, from grade six through eleven, participates in a yearly retreat. Each grade in the Middle School spends a half day in retreat on-campus, participating in team-building activities and small group discussions. High school classes go off-campus for a full day retreat to listen to speaker and meet for reflection or journaling in small groups.
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. This is an opportunity for students to take time away from their busy lives and reconnect with their faith. It is a very special experience, and while students aren’t required to attend, most choose to participate.
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. Students can participate in making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which meets during the school day monthly for the Patrician Society. Faculty and students volunteer monthly to make, serve, and enjoy dinner at Women of Hope, a shelter for women in Philadelphia. Students also meet monthly to prepared meals with Meals for Many. There are various collections during the year to support the needs of our community.
Students are encouraged to live out their faith through their actions and interactions as well as their words. We pray for special intentions, recognize birthdays, educate the community about social justice topics, and participate in seasonal blessings. We emulate Saint Julie Billiart, our foundress, in our daily lives through her courage, generosity, and humility.