“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under a bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” MT 5:13-16.
This is our theme for the 2014-2015 academic year. We will reflect on how we, members of a Catholic school, live our lives for others in service to the poor and the marginalized by being the hands, feet, ears, eyes and mouth of Jesus in our community.
The primary role of Campus Ministry is to provide for the spiritual life of the community. With the assistance of the priests from the Polk County deanery, we offer the Eucharistic Liturgy monthly and on holy days of obligation. Additionally, we offer prayer services, opportunities to participate in the sacrament of Reconciliation and devotions throughout the year.
SFC has trained peer ministers who work with me to prepare and direct an all school retreat at the beginning of the year and one retreat per class during the year held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church Parish Center, Lakeland. The Freshmen retreat focuses on Self Esteem; The Sophomores focus on Relationship with Jesus; Juniors reflect on issues of diversity and justice and Seniors explore their past 4 years of high school and their hopes for the future.
Students are required to complete 25 hours of community service each year. Hours are documented in the Campus Ministry Office. Opportunities for service are posted on school bulletin boards and announcements during morning broadcast and in Hawk Weekly.
Please know that you are welcome to visit at any time and we welcome your participation in our liturgical services.
I wish you peace and all good.
Br. Paul Santoro, OFM