Aware and conscious of the effects of globalization, ecological destruction, growing moral decadence in society and the seeming “loss” and the weakening of the Christian faith among the youth and adults alike, and that we are commissioned “to proclaim God’s love to all and bear “witness to Hope in Jesus Christ,” HFA envisions a revitalized school community that “is Christ-centered, develops human wholeness and upholds the common good” (HS Faculty Manual 2008).
The High School Campus Ministry strives to forge a Christ-centered learning community where every member strives to be a true witness of God’s love, has a deep sense of mission and is socially aware and conversant with the socio-economic and political situation of the country and nurtures and cares for Mother Earth: praising, loving, and serving God and people in the spirit of “Ora et Labora.”
This is in line with the school‘s vision.
In pursuit of the vision, the High School Campus Ministry seeks to facilitate faith experiences that allow every member to grow and mature holistically in the Christian faith by living out the Filipino and Gospel-rooted Benedictine values and to deepen a sense of mission among our students, faculty, parents, office staff, maintenance and non-teaching personnel.
The High School Campus Ministry aims to:
1. Provide activities and opportunities that foster growth and development in self-knowledge and personal relationship with the Triune God: Father, Son and the Holy Spirit as well as deepen a sense of mission.
2. Foster vibrant and meaningful liturgical celebrations that enable every member to experience God and His love for humankind through the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the reception of the sacrament of Reconciliation.
3. Enable every member to embrace the Christian calling to “proclaim and spread God’s love” and “bear witness to hope in Jesus Christ” the Missionary Benedictine way through the daily Morning Praise, Midday Prayer, Lectio Divina, the Angelus, 3 O’clock prayer and other devotional services.
4. Promote vocations to the priestly and religious Missionary Benedictine life through vocation promotion and Vocation Search-ins inside and outside the campus.
5. Coordinate with the Outreach Head and/or SCIP Coordinator the exposure trips of students/ Club and faculty members for processing and deepening in the light of Scriptures and the Rule of St. Benedict (Benedictine values).
6. Establish linkages / networks with the parish and other schools’ Campus Ministry Office or other offices for advocacy work in ecology, peace, good governance, truth, etc.
HS CMO SERVICES:
I. LITURGICAL SERVICES
A. Eucharistic Celebrations
First Friday Masses Year Level Masses
Faculty Masses Parents’ Recollections
Feasts/Institutional Masses: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Employees’ Day
B. Sacrament of Reconciliation
C. Sacrament of Confirmation (GS/ HS in coordination with PTA)
II. RELIGIOUS & DEVOTIONAL SERVICES/ACTIVITIES
* Daily Morning Praise Angelus Midday Prayer
* 3 O’clock Prayer Lectio Divina Rosary
III. CHRISTIAN FORMATION / INFORMATION through
a) RECOLLECTIONS / RETREATS
For the Faculty (beginning / end of school year)
For Parents (Years I to IV)
For Students - Year I to IV
and Retreat & Recollection (Synthesis of Benedictine education)
for Graduating Batch (Yr. IV )
b) FACULTY SPIRITUAL DEV’T.
Lectio Divina / Faith Sharing /
c) LINKAGES with other parishes/schools/other CMO’s
Psycho-spiritual formation sessions
Seminar – workshops like Benedictine-retreat giving Seminars, etc.
IV. PASTORAL COUNSELLING SERVICES
Provided for those who need guidance and assistance in clarifying matters that affect their personal and faith life. The Campus Minister is actively involved with the C.A.R.E. Program whose Formation team includes the following: OIC for Student Services and Formation, Guidance Head and the Guidance Counselor.
V. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / OUTREACH PROGRAM
The CMO’s and Faculty members are involved in outreach activities by
processing and deepening the students’ exposure experiences through task reflection sessions, Bible sharing, etc.
This is done with the Institutional Outreach Head and the School and Community Involvement Program (SCIP) Coordinator.
VI. VOCATION PROMOTION
CMO and volunteers (students and teachers) join Vocation promotion / campaign activities like Vocation Search-ins inside and out of the campus, Youth fora, and prayer rallies.
The Campus Minister gives Vocation Talks to students and other interested parties in coordination with the Guidance Office (esp. during Career-Vocation Day/Week).
O Jesus, Divine Shepherd of souls, who called the Apostles to become your disciples, now call the ardent and generous heart of our youth to make them Your followers and ministers. Let them share Your thirst for that universal redemption for which You daily renew Your sacrifice upon the altar. O Lord Jesus, always living to make intercession for us, extend our horizons to the entire world, where many long for the light of truth and the warmth of love, so that answering Your call, many young men may prolong here Your mission, edify Your Church as a People of God, and become the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
Extend, O Lord, Your loving call to many pure and generous-hearted young men and women, that they may grow in their desire for evangelical perfection and may dedicate themselves to the service of the Church and their neighbor who so desperately need such assistance and solidarity. Amen.