Community Service Day 2017
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BCHS Celebrates Pro-Life Week: Jan. 15 to 19
During this week, leading up to the January 19th March for Life in Washington, D.C., BCHS will be offering long periods of Adoration in the Bishop Chatard SBC chapel. We'll be asking those in Adoration to pray in particular for the sanctity of all human life, and for a safe and successful march for those participating. Theology classes and teachers will be attending, but to ensure the exposed Eucharist is never left alone, we need parent help too! Please sign up if you can devote an hour to Adoration on any of these days:
Other BCHS Pro-Life Week Activities
ONE-DAY DIAPER DRIVE: Jan. 22
In recognition of the anniversary of Roe vs Wade, we'll be having a One Day Diaper Drive on Monday, January 22. Please bring in diapers of any size or brand, and drop them off in the main office. All diapers will be donated to Birthline who provides material assistance to over 1,000 pregnant and parenting mothers annually.
DAY OF SILENT SOLIDARITY: Jan. 17
BCHS Pro-life students can participate in a Day of Silent Solidarity. They will choose to give up their voices in solidarity with the 3,000 lives taken by abortion everyday. Students participating will be wearing red duct tape with the word "LIFE" written on it, either on their clothes or over their mouth.
ARCHDIOCESE PRO-LIFE MARCH & RALLY: January 22
On Monday, January 22, the Archdiocese is offering a Pro-Life March and Rally in downtown Indianapolis. Bishop Chatard students, primarily those in the Pro-Life Club but open to all, will have the opportunity to participate. BCHS will provide transportation and dinner. A permission slip is required of students that choose to participate. Read the details in Deacon Rick's weekly letter, Download the permission slip (Forms are due Wed, Jan. 17)
PRO-LIFE SPEAKER: Jan. 16
On Tuesday, January 16, BCHS will welcome speaker Monica Kelsey, who will share her story and life's mission to protect all human life. Read about Monica on her website
Haven't turned in your Community Service Day Permission form?
Parent can now submit the form online. View Permission Form here
Calendar of Service Opportunities!
Researching your service options? Check out the Service Opportunities calendar! Dates, times and agency contacts are found in the calendar for various non-profit service agencies. Opportunities at BCHS will also be listed in the calendar as they become available! Use the blue button on the right to view the calendar!
Archdiocese Young Adult/Campus Ministry Activities
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis offers an array of young adult ministry, college ministry, and numerous events throughout the year for those ages 18-25. See more at: www.indycatholic.org
Coping with Loss and Depression
Click here for a list of resources available to parents and others who are guiding our youth as they try to make sense of loss and cope with depression.
About Campus Ministry
The purpose of campus ministry at Bishop Chatard is to provide a true Catholic environment of ministry that empowers the school community, especially students, to grow as Disciples of Christ. The Eucharist is at the heart of everything done in the Campus Ministry Department.
Under the direction of Bishop Chatard's Vice President of Mission and Ministry, the Director of Campus Ministry oversees a program that focuses on the areas of faith formation, Christian leadership and service. All adult members of the Bishop Chatard community (administrators, teachers, parents and staff) are part of campus ministry.
Campus ministry focuses on individual faith formation by providing weekly Mass and Reconciliation, daily prayer opportunities, liturgical events, retreats and individual pastoral guidance for students and faculty. The liturgical seasons of the Catholic Church year are incorporated into all of the school liturgy planning. The importance of individual participation and Christian unity among school community members is promoted. In order to encourage a connection with the wider Catholic community, the North Deanery pastoral leaders are invited to all campus ministry events.
Campus ministry is designed to encourage students to embrace leadership from the perspective of being a Christian role model. Students are an integral part of all campus ministry activities, especially with the school's liturgical events. A core team of juniors and seniors are trained to serve as team members for the underclass retreats. Campus ministry is responsible for organizing and training adults and students to share their faith and gifts in order to create a sense of Christian community at Bishop Chatard.
The Bishop Chatard Campus Ministry Office assists students in fulfilling the minimum service hour requirements by informing students of opportunities for service, as well as tracking the number of service hours completed. However, the true success of the service program rests on the shoulders of the students.
Campus ministry provides a structured retreat program designed to enable students at every grade level to reflect on God's presence in their everyday lives and how they might bring God's presence to others through discipleship. The retreat experiences allow the students an opportunity to connect their knowledge of faith and Christian values with actual life situations. The goal of each retreat is to bring the students to Christ in order to reiterate the importance of having Christ at the center of one's life.
Freshmen will attend a day of reflection during the school day. Sophomores will attend one of three one-day retreat experiences at CYO Camp Rancho Framasa. Juniors have the opportunity to attend an overnight retreat. The retreat program culminates with the Christian Awakening Retreat, an extended retreat experience that occurs during senior year.