The Student Ministry Team is composed of juniors and seniors who serve as mentors to underclassmen. Once a month, student ministers meet with eighth and ninth graders in their religion classes to help them adjust to high school. In a program that begins with a three-day summer workshop and continues into the school year, team members receive training in small-group leadership, prayer experiences, liturgy planning, communication techniques, conflict resolution and other ministry skills. The student ministers meet monthly for faith sharing and planning.
Spiritual Growth Program
Catholic High School's overall program of faith formation is designed to form young men to live their lives for others in the spirit of the Gospel. An important element involved in this effort is service to others, not only at school but also in the wider community.
The CHS spiritual growth program includes
Daily religious education and classroom prayer
Eucharistic liturgies and Sacrament of Reconciliation
Student Ministry team
Yearly class retreats
Eighth-grade students perform 5 hours of service.
Freshmen perform 10 hours of service.
Sophomores perform 15 hours of service.
Juniors participate in the Christian Service Experience of 40 hours of service.
Catholic High School participates in several schoolwide projects designed to help the poor:
Thanksgiving Food Drive, serving the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
Operation Rice Bowl, a Lenten drive sponsored by Catholic Relief Services.
In connection with Catholic High School's extracurricular program, students are involved in community activities such as:
School Masses are an integral part of the spiritual life of CHS. Each month, students and faculty gather to worship and give thanks at our liturgies, focused on a specific theme often related to the Church calendar. Students help plan these liturgies and serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, altar servers, lectors and cantors. All are invited to worship with us. In addition to liturgies, students are offered the opportunity to participate in the sacrament of Reconciliation at school and are encouraged to attend in their respective parishes. Active involvement at the parish level is recommended as an excellent introduction to the greater Church. Students are challenged to assume their responsibilities as lay leaders and to consider vocations and ministries.
Liturgy Schedule 2017-2018
Mass - First Day for Eighth Grade and Freshmen
August 9, 2017
Mass - Feast of the Assumption of Mary
August 15, 2017
Mass - Brothers of the Sacred Heart Foundation Day
September 29, 2017
Mass - Senior Retreat
October 8, 2017
Mass - Feast of All Saints
November 1, 2017
Mass - Thanksgiving
November 16, 2017
Mass - Feast of Immaculate Conception
December 8, 2017
Mass - Respect Life Mass
January 17, 2018
Mass - Celebrating Diversity
February 21, 2018
Mass - Lent
March 27, 2018
Mass - Senior Farewell
April 25, 2018
Closing of School Mass
May 18, 2018
Reconciliation Schedule 2017-2018
September 14, 2017
September 15, 2017
February 1, 2018
February 2, 2018
Every year, faculty members and students from Catholic High School participate in various mission trips which include St. Anne's Mission in Klagetoh, Arizona; Nicaragua; and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart United States Province Mission Experience.
St. Anne's Mission in Klagetoh, Arizona, is a Navajo reservation run by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. On the reservation, the students' primary job is to host Vacation Bible School for the Navajo children of the area.
While in Nicaragua, students work with Cantera, an organization that established several community centers and farms in and around the city of Managua, Nicaragua. The experience in Nicaragua includes a combination of traditional mission work and learning the history of the nation and its people.
Brothers' schools in the United States Province have joined together for a united Mission Experience. Together, they perform service projects for a local community in the host school's region. The first year was hosted by Brother Martin in New Orleans. Catholic High hosted the 2015 Mission Experience in Baton Rouge. The 2016 Mission Experience was hosted by Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, New Hampshire. Most recently in 2017, Vandebilt and E.D. White co-hosted the experience in Houma which featured nearly 140 students from all nine Brothers' schools in the United States. Next summer's experience will take place in Mississippi.
Catholic’s religion curriculum provides classroom instruction and theological study aimed at helping students to believe in God’s love and actively pursue God’s plan in their lives. Designed to mirror the faith journey they are living, the subject material at each grade level forms the foundation for the next year. Building on the fundamental elements of Church history, Sacred Scripture, and the Sacraments as underclassmen, students are prepared to contemplate their personal moral development in light of Catholic Social Teaching and the complex world into which they will graduate. The service requirement for each grade level helps to complete each student’s religious formation at Catholic.
Because of the essential role of prayer in the formation of a personal relationship with God, students participate in varied and regular experiences of prayer. Each October seniors participate in an overnight retreat in order to set the tone for their final year at Catholic High School. Students in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11 participate in days of recollection, with special attention given to the needs of each age group. The student ministry team serves as peer ministers in the days of recollection for eighth and ninth graders.
As pastoral counselors, the campus ministers work toward the total faith development of each student, attempting to help him fulfill his social, psychological and religious needs. The campus ministers are available to students for spiritual guidance and faith counseling on a daily basis, listening, helping and lending support.