Faith & Service

Campus Ministry

Mission

Campus Ministry at Notre Dame High School is an integral component of the school’s mission to educate the heart as well as the mind. The objective of Campus Ministry is to provide opportunities for self-reflection to students, faculty, staff and parents and to encourage growth in relationships with God and others.
Our Campus Ministry programs seek to strengthen the faith formation of the student body and to promote the development of a Christian community. All members of the Notre Dame family, regardless of faith tradition, are invited to participate in the spiritual life of the school. Our Catholic ministry recognizes and honors the diversity that exists in our faith community.

Key to Campus Ministry is the Christian Leadership Class, a Senior Religion class for students who feel the vocational call to be peer ministers. Following a model of servant leadership, the Christian Leaders organize and lead student retreats, plan liturgies and prayer services, and model Christ’s love.

News from the Campus Ministry Office

3/05/21

Christian Service

This is a reminder that all students are required to have turned in their Christian Service hours by April 16, 2021. Please note, due to COVID-19,  all hours have been adjusted to help ensure that students are able to complete their service for the 2020-2021 school year. The amount is as follows: 
Freshmen and sophomores: 10 hours
Juniors and seniors: 15 hours

Los Angeles Archdiocesan Christian Service Award Recipients 

Each year, the Archdiocese Los Angeles recognizes the tremendous work of seniors from all of our high schools, including Notre Dame. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our three recipients of this award: Madeline Stein,   Isabella Lea Ramirez, and Kenneth Mazariegos, who throughout their four years have demonstrated and have gone above and beyond to be people of service. They will be acknowledged on March 16, 2021, at the annual Christian Service Award Mass, which will be held at Our Lady of Angels Cathedral. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mr. Brown at christianservice@ndhs.org or Ms. Alvarez at alvarez@ndhs.org.  

Immersion

Our last Immersion will take place on March 9-12, 2021. We want to take this moment to thank all who have donated to all of our drives throughout the year. So far, we have donated to the following organizations: Fishes and Loaves II, Hope of the Valley, Crete Academy, and Brownson’s Center - Catholic Charities. For this upcoming drive, we are looking for men and women’s socks. For every donated package of socks, students may receive an hour and can receive up to 3 total hours. Donations can be dropped off at the security post starting March 1-March 11 from 8:00-2:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Alvarez at alvarez@ndhs.org or Ms. Morley at morley@ndhs.org.

Kairos

Our senior retreat is happening March 26-28 (Friday - Sunday) on campus at NDHS. All parents were invited to attend a parent meeting where retreat details were explained and information was disseminated. If any senior parent missed these meetings, please reach out to Miss Morley at morley@ndhs.org

All students must RSVP for this retreat if they would like to attend. The RSVP period closed on February 26. If your child missed the sign-up, please have them email me as soon as possible if they are still interested.

School-Wide Mass

Our monthly school-wide Mass for March will take place on March 16, 2021, following your student’s 5th period class. All students must remain connected with their 5th period teacher as this is a part of the school day. We invite you to take part in our Mass either with your child or connect to our Youtube channel: ndhsministry. If you have any petitions that you would like us to pray for at this Mass, please email Ms. Alvarez at alvarez@ndhs.org by March 11, 2021 

Pope Francis’ Intention for the Month of March

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God.

Prayers for the Month

Holy Week:  
Gracious God, you have heard the cries of your suffering people. You have sent Jesus to us to be our Redeemer and brother. Open our eyes to see the immensity of your love for us and the wonder of what you have done for us. Give us the courage to be your hands and heart for those who are in pain. Give us the wisdom to speak out for justice and righteousness. May your will be done in us today and always. Amen.

Easter Table Prayer Blessing: 
Creator God and Lord of Life, You who call forth from the darkness of death all those who love You, we rejoice, on this Easter Sunday, in the resurrection from the dead of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Visit our home and this table with Your bright blessing of peace and life. We pause in the midst of this prayer to remember all the holy dead of our family who live now in You and who await the final and glorious resurrection of the dead.
 
Pause for silent reflection to remember those who have died.
 
May they and we, because of our faith in You, our God, taste in the victory of life over death. May the Risen Christ, our Lord, and Savior, be our guest as we celebrate His resurrection with this Easter Sunday dinner. Bless those whose work to prepare this meal has truly been a work of prayer, and bless all of us who shall share it with Easter love and joy. May You, then, bless this table and this food, and each of us in Your holy name. Amen.
 
- Edward Hays, "Prayers for the Domestic Church: A Handbook for Worship in the Home"
 
On behalf of Campus Ministry, we want to wish all of you a Happy and Blessed Easter. We also join in prayer with our Jewish brothers and sisters who will be celebrating Passover at the end of the month. May the Almighty be with all of you during these Holy times. 

Faculty

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Message from Ben and Phil CSC

Greetings friends of the NDHS theology department, 
 
It has been about two years since Brother Phil Smith and I established a website that invited women and men at Holy Cross schools and other apostolates around the world to reflect on their shared mission and spirituality.  The Voice of Moreau became a way for us to tell the story of what it means to be Holy Cross and to share our experiences, insights and hopes in ministry and community.  During this time, we have reached out through postcards, letters, emails - we even made little paper crosses for all of the students at our high schools! - and now we are excited to present to you a couple of new resources on the website that we simply offer as a way to more fully sound forth this powerful spiritual tradition:

  • Daily Gospel Reflections for Students  - These are generally three to five-minute videos that include the reading of the Gospel for the day and a brief reflection that is intended to help nourish the budding faith of high school-aged students, but could be a way for anyone to deepen their faith and sense of vocation. 

  • Monthly Newsletter for Teachers - Called, "The Work of Resurrection," this monthly publication aims to develop certain themes and topics that are relevant for classroom teachers and includes our own sharing about our experiences of trying to live out the mission amidst the busyness of the school day.  

Basically, we want to share with you in as many ways as possible this rich legacy that has meant so much in our lives and which we feel is an excellent instrument for the building up of a world that seems so battered by crisis and division at this time.  Peace be with you all and know that we are grateful for your companionship on this shared journey of resurrection.
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