Our aim is to provide every possible opportunity through liturgies, prayer, service, retreats and charity drives, for students and faculty to enter into a deep, personal relationship with God.
Student Ministry Team
Spiritual Growth Program
Student Ministry Team
The Student Ministry Team is composed of juniors and seniors who serve as mentors to the 8th and 9th graders. 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 four-day summer workshop and continues into the school year, team members receive training in small-group leadership, communication techniques and other ministry skills. The student ministers meet monthly for faith sharing.
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 available regularly for students and faculty. Involvement of many school groups in planning liturgies helps make the celebrations more meaningful to students. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the sacrament of Reconciliation both at school and 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 2016-2017
Mass - Feast of the Assumption of Mary
August 15, 2016
Mass - Brothers of the Sacred Heart Foundation Day
September 30, 2016
Mass - Feast of All Saints
November 1, 2016
Mass - Thanksgiving
November 17, 2016
Mass - Feast of Immaculate Conception
December 8, 2016
Mass - Respect Life Mass
January 25, 2017
February 22, 2017
Mass - Lent
March 17, 2017
Mass - Senior Farewell
May 3, 2017
Closing of School Mass
May 19, 2017
Reconciliation Schedule 2015-2016
September 17, 2015
September 18, 2015
January 25, 2016
January 26, 2016
Every year, faculty members and students from both Catholic High School and St. Joseph's Academy participate in various mission trips which include St. Anne's Mission in Klagetoh, Arizona; Nicaragua; Blessings on the Bayou in Labadieville, Louisiana; and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart United States Province Mission Experience. Additional mission trips are usually offered in addition.
St. Anne's Mission in Klagetoh, Arizona, is a Navajo reservation run by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. On the reservations, students' primary job is to put on vacation Bible School for the Navajo children of the area.
While in Nicaragua, students work with Cantera, an organization who 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 national and its people. Blessings on the Bayou takes place in the St. Philomena Catholic Church parish in Labadieville, Louisiana. Students make visits to local nursing homes and perform various services for the elderly community such as landscaping, house painting and cleaning, and visiting the shut-in of the parish.
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 city. 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.
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.