Community Service Day 2017
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Volunteers needed for Community Service Day: March 23
Volunteers are needed to drive and/or chaperone service groups along with a BCHS staff member during Community Service Day on Friday, March 23, 2018 between 8 a.m. - 12:30.
Volunteers must be "Safe and Sacred" certified. Can you drive? Let us know how many students you can take in your vehicle. Please respond by Friday, March 16, to Cathy Dolan, Campus Ministry Administrative Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter Egg Service Project: March 5-23
BCHS students can help the school with the annual Easter Egg Hunt! We need individually packaged candy donations for the eggs. There will be an opportunity to earn a service hour and daily incentives for students who bring a donation. The project will run from March 5-23. Bagged candy can be dropped off in the Campus Ministry Office.
Mass with the Archbishop: March 28
We are honored that Archbishop Thompson will be the celebrant for our all-school Mass during Holy Week. Our Mass is scheduled to begin at 9:55 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28. All are welcome to attend this Mass, but we would like those interested in attending to RSVP so that we can plan for seating. Thank you.
Haven't turned in your Community Service Day Permission form?
Parents 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.