Damien High School

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Campus Ministry

Celebration of Mass

Every day, a student has the opportunity to begin their day with Mass or in the afternoon at lunch. On special occasions, Mass is celebrated for the entire school community such as the beginning of the school year, Blessed Damien Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Youth Day, and the end of the school year. There are annual Father-Son and Mother-Son Masses. At other times, sports teams, individual religion classes and certain grade levels attend Mass. During retreats, students will attend a mass.

 

House Masses are celebrated mornings on or around the feast days of our House Saints: St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Francis Xavier, St. Francis of Assissi, St. Patrick, St. Martin De Porres and St. Ignatius Loyola.

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available to the student body on designated days in Advent and Lent or by appointment.

 

Retreat Program

In order to allow students the opportunity to look within themselves and to search out their true self-worth, their relationship with God and with their neighbor, and to witness Christian faith in a lived-community, the school offers retreat experiences in the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years. Although the retreats are a Christian experience, the student does not have to be Christian to attend.

 

Additionally, a Youth Day experience is available to all students semi-annually.

 

Vocation Club

Students learn about the Church's teaching that we are “all called to holiness.” Instead of asking the typical question, “What do I want to do with my life?”; students are asked, 'What does God want me to do with my life?' The Vocation Club fosters awareness of God's plan for our life.

 

Big Brother Program

Freshmen are automatically assigned a Big Brother (a senior from the Christian Leadership Class) to mentor him throughout the year. The Big Brother program is designed to allow freshmen to adapt to high school and to deal with the stress involved in academics, social life, sports, time management, drugs and alcohol avoidance, healthy relationships and other facets of high school life. Big Brothers also act as Peer Ministers by assisting their freshmen in their prayer life and liturgical experiences. There is also a Peer Counseling component involved in the Big Brother Program. Meetings take place throughout the year both in small groups and one-on-one.