RETREATS + SERVICE + PRAYER = CAMPUS MINISTRY
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Campus Ministry Program
All students are required to participate in an annual retreat.
FRESHMEN attend an all-class, one day retreat: What it means to belong to the SMCC Catholic Community. It focuses on building class unity and community. There are 20 seniors who work as small group facilitators and present witness talks. They also put on skits and talk about gossip, cliques, rumors, and so on. The Campus Minister directs this retreat.
SOPHOMORESparticipate in an all-class retreat: Christian Sexuality. It focuses on a Catholic Christian perspective of sexuality. Views of sexuality are explored – society, Church, and home as well as male and female differences. While this is a coed retreat, there are times when there are single gender discussions. Here again there are 20 seniors who work as small group facilitators. It is directed by the Campus Minister as well as a female counterpart.
JUNIORS go on one of the two overnight retreats offered. This overnight retreat takes place at DeSales Center. The theme of the retreat is The Healing Power of Touch. They explore how they are in need of healing from the Lord and how they can be sources of healing for others as they reach out to one another. Living in a Christian Community for 48 hours enhances this goal. There are large group discussions with smaller ones that follow. Mr. Lauwers and Mr. Maag direct this retreat.
SENIORS Attend a 3-day Kairos retreat, in December, at Colombiere Retreat Center in Clarkston. It challenges the students to take off their masks and be real. They are challenged to let the Lord truly become a part of their lives. The leaders are made up of a team which consists of adults and seniors who have participated in a previous Kairos Retreat.
All students are required to complete 10 hours of service for every year enrolled at SMCC, for a total of 40 hours at the time of graduation. The purpose of these service hours is to help students learn that being a Christian is putting faith into practice. They learn that living a life of service is incredibly meaningful and yet fun.
They can earn service hours from a large variety places as long as it does not benefit a direct family member and they do not receive payment for it. Various organizations approach SMCC for service volunteers. These are advertised throughout the year. The Campus Minister keeps track of these hours. Also, under the category of service, there are three service trip opportunities for juniors. Two take place in Appalachia; one is during spring break and one during the summer. Participants work in Harlan County, Kentucky, with a non-profit, non-denominational organization called Christian Outreach with Appalachian People. They work to help the poor with housing by building and repairing homes. The other service trip is to Guatemala over the summer. They process coffee, build houses, and do anything the host parish has to offer. Both trips have pre-retreats.
SMCC provides ample opportunity for prayer experiences. Each class period begins with prayer. Additionally, there are 2 other times throughout the day when prayer is lead over the PA. There are Eucharist celebrations as well as Reconciliation. There are weekly all-school assembly Morning Prayers during Advent and Lent. During Lent, students pray Living Stations of the Cross.
MR. TIM MAAG • CAMPUS MINISTER
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FORMS/JUNIOR & SENIOR RETREAT INFORMATION
2017-18 Waiver & Release of Information
Junior Retreat Instructions
Kairos Retreat Instructions
PARENT RETREAT INFORMATION
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Kentucky Service Trip
Guatemala Service Trip
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