Campus Ministry at Notre Dame High School exists to support the spiritual growth and moral development of our school community in the Catholic faith.
Campus Ministry at Notre Dame High School exists to support the spiritual growth and moral development of our school community in the Catholic faith. By educating the mind and heart, we seek to cultivate the faith lives of our students through transformative and meaningful encounters with God. We strive to make God known, loved, and served by experiencing Christ through direct service to those who are in need and deepening one's relationship with Christ through prayer, worship and retreat experiences.
All students complete a four-year religious studies curriculum, to which Campus Ministry offers a reflective dimension. Opportunities are available to deepen one’s faith – through worship, retreats, and community service.
Through the Peer Counseling Program, selected seniors demonstrate leadership through service. They act as mentors to members of the freshman class as well as role models and guides to students of all levels. In both classroom discovery and interactions with other students, the Program seeks to form “servant-leaders”, deepening the bonds among us.
School Prayer-Student lead prayer daily with the entire school daily. There is a prayer service in the St. Br. Andre Chapel each morning before our school day begins. The intentions of the book of intentions are remembered in the prayers as well as all the intentions of the ND community. Classes can organize prayer services for their specific classes and this is done several times throughout the year. The Chapel is opened throughout the day for private prayer and reflection and is a sacred space for students to build their personal relationship with God and increase their own individual spirituality.
The St. Br. Andre committee is a committee of students that helps organize prayer and liturgies at Notre Dame. The committee meets regularly and advises and organizes all aspects of spiritual life for our students and community.
Holy Cross connections are done daily during the afternoon prayers as well as the Moreau quote of the day. These are also available on the ND APP.
School liturgies are on all Roman Catholic Holy Days of Obligation and other important feasts of the Congregation of Holy Cross. The entire school participates in the liturgies and they involve students in all parts of the mass.
Prayer Services for Advent, Lent, and other Holidays are also organized for the entire school by Campus Ministry and the St. Br. Andre Committee.
RCIT (Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens) is available for ND students in certain situations where they were not able to receive sacraments for certain, extenuating circumstances in their local parish. This is done in consultation with the Archdiocese of Hartford.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is Celebrated in the School during Lent with a Reconciliation Service and several local priests that celebrate the sacrament with our students.
An ongoing retreat program provides opportunities for deeper spiritual reflection, and is an integral part of the academic year for students and faculty alike. These retreats, often held jointly with young women who are students at Sacred Heart Academy, not only foster personal spiritual growth, but help build a community attuned to matters of the heart. At the freshman and sophomore levels, retreats are experienced annually by class in addition to optional personal opportunities throughout the year. Juniors and seniors may choose to partake in retreats which call them to an even more personal and mature time of recollection.
All students are required to respond to Jesus’ call, “…whatever you did for one of these least brothers or sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Gospel of Matthew 25:40). This response comes in the form of a service outreach to those in need each year.
As freshmen, students make a one-day visit to a Catholic elementary school or social service agency, offering their service. After the visit, a reflective retreat is held and each student then must submit a short paper detailing what he learned about Jesus’ call to service and himself.
Sophomores spend 15 hours and Juniors 30 hours in an approved setting of their choice. Sophomores complete a written reflection concerning one person who clarified the Gospel mandate to serve those most in need. Juniors share a PowerPoint presentation with their Teacher Advisory period, highlighting their experience and its social justice implications.
Seniors do their community service in a different way; one that focuses on civic engagement. Organized through the Social Studies Department, this program requires students to volunteer for a political campaign, giving ten hours of service to a candidate (local, state, or national) of his choice. As part of their service preparation and reflection, seniors research and reflect upon the teachings of the Catholic Church on critical political issues of the day.
We invite members of the Notre Dame Community to submit your prayer intentions to the Campus Ministry Office.
Mr. Abbott's '5 things you can do for community service during COVID-19'
1. Clean up your hood. Head to the local park, beach, playground and pick up the trash. Plastic, especially the small pieces can get washed down into the street drains and out to sea. Be sure to wear gloves! Take pictures/video and email them to Mr. Abbott.
2. Record yourself reading a Children's book as if you were reading it to a child (hold up the pictures to the camera!). Email Mr. Abbott the video and we will use it for our "Lunch Time Story Time" series on social media.
3. Write letters to people who are shut in. Nursing homes around the country and the world continue to provide care to their residents. However, family and visitors have been barred from entering. I worked in a nursing home before teaching. I can tell you that human interaction is powerful. Write a note to anyone just to say hi and that you're praying for them. Tell them about yourself. Ask your little brother or sister to draw a picture too. Then, mail them to any nursing home -- I recommend Regal Care in West Haven. Send Mr. Abbott a copy or a photo.
4. Write thank you letters to healthcare professionals, grocery store workers, or maybe your teachers who are working even harder during this time to hold things down. Send Mr. Abbott a copy or photo.
5. Write a "get well soon" card to someone who is sick from COVID-19. I know at least one person personally who could use the encouragement while in quarantine. You can send them to me and I will make sure they get where they are needed. Email Mr. Abbott for addresses.