Mr. Ben Zimmermann oversees all Campus Ministry programs and can be reached by email at zimmermann@Damien-HS.edu - or by calling (909) 596-1946 x263.
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 senior (Kairos), freshman , sophomore and junior years. Although the retreats are a Christian experience, the student does not have to be Christian to attend. Additionally, a Youth Day experience is made available to all students semi-annually.
Upcoming Kairos Dates: November 4th - 7th (Class of 2014)
Kairos Poem by Robert Silva, class of 2012:We love, we hate, we laugh, we cry.
CELEBRATION OF MASS AND THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:
Every Day at Damien Begins with Mass. Daily morning Mass begins at 7:15 AM in the 600 Bldg Chapel. Masses for the entire school community are celebrated on special occasions such as at 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 as well. At other times, Mass may be offered for different grades or for individual religion classes. Mass is a part of each of the retreat programs, and the senior class celebrates Mass at the return of each Kairos Retreat.
In addition some sports teams attend Mass on the days of competitions. A Mass or prayer service is offered in the school chapel each morning.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available to the student body on designated days in Advent and Lent or by appointment.
Students are introduced to 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 challenged to ask, 'What does God want me to do with my life?' This awareness of God's plan for our life is fostered through the 'Vocations Club' which is made up of more than thirty five seniors as well as over thirty underclassmen.
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.
WALK FOR LIFE:
In March of 2011 Damien High School participated in the Walk For Life at the Rosebowl with Archbishop Gomez. Out of Several hundred students from around the L.A. area Damien High School had the largest group in attendance with approximately 40 students attending as well as several faculty.
DHS CATHOLIC IDENTITY RESOURCE CENTER:
LOS ANGELES ARCHDIOCESE WORLD YOUTH DAY: