2018-19 School Year
Bishop DuBourg Campus Ministry is gearing up for another faith-filled, fast-paced year assisting students, faculty and staff to grow in faith and live our motto, “Faith in Christ, Service to Others.” A new team, consisting of Mr. Juan Barzallo and Mrs. Jennifer Duncan ’88, has already put many hours into planning the several events Campus Ministry will facilitate throughout the coming school year.
In August, our year begins with a faculty and staff day of prayer, focusing on individual relationships with God while offering time to reconnect with colleagues after summer break. This year’s theme comes from John 7:38, “He who believes in me, let him come to me and drink…From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water”. Rivers of living water! Amen! Teachers are welcome for daily prayer each morning throughout the year.
Once the school year is underway, all-school liturgies are held once a month, each one with a special focus including Homecoming, All Saints Day, Senior and Pro-Life Club Witnessing, and Ash Wednesday, to name a few. Check the website for more details. Please join us for any of these events!
To nurture our students’ faith lives, all students attend a retreat of some type specifically designed with them in mind. The Freshmen Retreat allows our newest students to build a deeper, more personal relationship with Jesus, as well as build new friendships with classmates. Service is the theme of our Sophomore Retreat where students visit off-site organizations such as elementary schools, senior citizen homes, food pantries, and adult daycares to offer service for the day, becoming the hands and feet of Jesus in today’s world. Juniors leave Bishop DuBourg for three days to participate in a Kairos Retreat. Kairos, God’s time, is a retreat allowing juniors to get away from the distractions of everyday life, to take time for themselves, and to make time for God. What a fantastic opportunity! As leaders in our school, seniors take part in a Fourth Day Retreat off campus, an extension of the Kairos Retreat. The retreat reminds seniors of their time spent with God on their junior retreat and how important that relationship with Jesus truly is, especially as graduation awaits.
Campus Ministry has some new events planned for this year including a Service Fair and daily prayer groups for students, so follow us on social media or visit the Bishop DuBourg website often to stay informed. Allowing students, teachers and staff opportunities to develop or deepen their personal relationships with Jesus, instilling a passion to serve others, and helping in the formation of purpose-driven Catholics: this is the goal of the Bishop DuBourg Campus Ministry Office. Stop by the office and say “hello,” we would love to meet you!
Everyday at 7:25 am, faculty members are invited to gather for morning prayer. Campus ministry also plans, organizes and implements all-school Masses—which occur about monthly; a student-based liturgical music group also is an extension of Campus Ministry. Occasional class Masses occur as well.
Twice per year—Advent and Lent—the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available to students and faculty. There is also a Campus Ministry Club for the students who want to get more involved. They host canned food drives, shoe drives and other service throughout the school year.
Cans Food Festival 2018
Our "Roll Out the Red Carpet" Hollywood Homecoming week also kicks off the "Cans Food Festival" (Festival de Cannes). From now until November 6, please bring in your can and nonperishable food items to the Campus Ministry office or main office. The class who brings in the most will earn a comfy out-of-uniform day!
We are committed to supporting our school family community, as well as the larger community around us. This year, proceeds of our can food drive will benefit both Affton Christian Food Pantry and a brand new home-grown initiative called the "Food for Thought" Pantry, which will supply food items to students in our own school who often go without breakfast or lunch. Please consider making a food item donation this giving season!
You all deserve to walk the red carpet for such selflessness and generosity!