SPIRITUAL LIFE AT ST JOES
The Spiritual Life Program is coordinated by the Episcopal Chaplain and the Director of Campus Ministry. We are dedicated to preparing students intellectually and spiritually for lifelong
discipleship. Every student is welcome to join Campus Ministry programs at any time throughout the year.
- Daily Mass is offered each morning in the Alumni Chapel.
- Each Theology class is invited to arrange for special Masses, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and other prayer services during the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent.
- The entire school community celebrates an Opening of School Year Mass, Freshman and Transfer Student Family Mass, Junior Ring Mass, Sophomore Family Mass, Baccalaureate Mass, All Saints Day Mass, Thanksgiving Mass of Remembrance, Immaculate Conception Mass, Christmas Prayer Service, Catholic Schools Week Mass, Distribution of Ashes, Mass for the Solemnity of St Joseph, our Patron, and Mass for Ascension Thursday.
- During Lent and Advent, there are special school-wide Reconciliation opportunities during the school day.
COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
School-wide projects include the following:
- Working with the Missionaries of Charity;
- A food collection at Thanksgiving;
- Thanksgiving dinner for a parish;
- Midnight Runs for the homeless in New York City and our local communities;
- Tutoring students in area elementary schools;
- Bringing Christmas gifts to young children at The Caroline House;
- The Advent Giving Tree;
- Habitat for Humanity;
- Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine;
- Volunteering at local soup kitchens and homeless shelters;
- The Annual March for Life March in Washington, DC;
- One week mission trip to Appalachia;
- Almsgiving during Advent and Lent.
Retreat opportunities include the following:
- The Freshmen Retreat
- Sophomore Class Retreat (Storm Retreat)
- Kairos Retreat
- Pizza & Prayer
- St Joe's Leadership Institute Retreat (SJLI)
This is an elective Theology course open to seniors by application only. Peer Ministry trains students to embrace servant leadership and its application outside of the classroom. The course begins with a required Student Leaders Institute Retreat (SJLI) during the summer. SJLI instructs students in effective leadership skills, counseling techniques and scenarios, group dynamics, public speaking, and emphasizes Catholic Social Teaching as a foundation. All lessons are in response to the Gospel, the teaching of the Church, and the larger mission of our school. Topics range from diversity and stereotypes to perception and behaviors of concern. These skills are used in
leading small groups, retreats, workshops, and directed service to their peers. The course seeks to take students interested in growth and equip them for lifestyles of leadership through service.
Students are always welcome to see the Director of Campus Ministry and/or the Episcopal Chaplain or individual guidance or personal concerns.
LETTER FROM FATHER SILVA:
In an address to the young people of World Youth Day in 2002, Saint Pope John Paul II spoke these words, “The future is in your hearts and in your hands. God is entrusting to you the task, at once difficult and uplifting, of working with Him in the building of the civilization of love.”
It is in this light that that we welcome you to become that new generation, building up a new civilization of love for all of God’s creation. Here at St Joseph High School we are proud of our Catholic identity, diverse culture, and rich tradition that all are rooted in the faith that we profess. Our Campus Ministry, chaplain, theology teachers, and community at large all play a vital role of ensuring that each generation of students that come to St Joes, regardless of what their faith background may be, are both welcomed and accompanied throughout their time here and know first and foremost that they are loved infinitely by God and that they are called to be agents of that love in a world that so desperately needs it.
With a strong intellectual tradition, athletic history, and unmatched community, it is important that the spiritual life of the students is met and nurtured. Each day the students are given the opportunity to go to daily Mass, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Confession, devotions such as the rosary and lectio divina, personal prayer, and so much more. Yearly retreats for each of the classes, countless opportunities for service, and international immersion trips all ensure that the faith that we are building up in this new generation is exercised beyond the walls of this school so that the students know and believe that the faith should not remain hidden but rather lived and shared with the whole world.
When Jesus Christ instituted the Church some 2,000 years ago he gave the mandate to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…”. This mandate given by Christ Himself is at the heart of our spiritual life; Christ’s commission to his disciples some 2,000 years ago remains the same for us all and it is a joy for us here at St Joe’s to ensure that each student who passes through the doors of this school is met with the same loving gaze of Christ Himself and built up in such a way that they may go forth to become a new generation of builders, moved not by fear but by the urgency of genuine love for God and for their brothers and sisters.
Father Eric Silva '08
"Each generation of students that come to St Joes, regardless of what their faith background may be, are both welcomed and accompanied throughout their time here and know first and foremost that they are loved infinitely by God and that they are called to be agents of that love in a world that so desperately needs it."