CAMPUS MINISTRY OFFICE
Commissioned “to proclaim God’s love in Jesus Christ,” HFA envisions a revitalized school community that “is Christ-centered, develops human wholeness and upholds the common good” (GS Faculty Manual 2006, 4). Taking this vision in its global and local contexts, the Grade School Campus Ministry strives to forge a Christ-centered learning community where every member strives to be a true witness of God’s love; is socially aware and conversant with the socio-economic and political situation of the country; nurtures and cares for Mother Earth, praising, loving, and serving God and others in the spirit of “Ora et Labora.”
Having such vision, the Grade School Campus Ministry seeks to facilitate faith experiences that allow every member to grow and mature holistically in the Christian faith by living out the Filipino and Gospel-rooted Benedictine values.
The Grade School Campus Ministry aims to:
Provide activities and opportunities that foster growth in self-knowledge and the knowledge of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and grow in personal relationship with the Triune God.
Foster vibrant and meaningful liturgical celebrations that enable every member to experience God and His love for humankind.
Enable every member to embrace the Christian calling to proclaim and spread God’s love in Jesus Christ.
Promote vocations to the priestly and religious Missionary Benedictine life.
Coordinate with the Outreach Office with regards to Catechism of public school children in the adopted area.
Establish link with the parish and other schools’ Campus Ministry Office.
CAMPUS MINISTRY SERVICES
1. LITURGICAL SERVICES
This service allows every member in the school community to experience and attain deeper knowledge of the faith. The different liturgical celebrations are the following:
a. Eucharistic Celebrations
• Departmental Masses (First Friday, Feast of St. Benedict, Ash Wednesday)
• Grade Level Mass (once a year/after Confession)
• Faculty Masses
• Institutional Mass, Employees’ Day/ Service Awards
b. First Communion (Grade 2)
c. Sacrament of Reconciliation (once a year, grades 2-6)
2. RELIGIOUS AND DEVOTIONAL ACTIVITIES
a.1. Morning Praise
a.3. 3 – O’clock Prayer
b. Living Rosary & Procession / Alay kay Maria , Mission (October) and Alay Kapwa (March – Lent)
c. Advent Liturgy
d. Family Day Celebration
e. Stations of the Cross
3. CHRISTIAN FORMATION AND INFORMATION
These foster the deepening of one’s relationship and knowledge of the Triune God. Employees’ retreat is held annually. Whole-day recollections for Grade 6 pupils are held outside the school (e.g. Munting Tahanan, Carmelite Chapel, etc.) Mini - Recollections are also given to Grades 4 and 5 pupils. Information materials, pamphlets and brochures on the Christian life and the promotion of vocations to the priestly-religious life are posted in the CMO bulletin boards. There is also a provision for outside communications / linkages with the Parish church and other schools to strengthen the Campus Ministry Program and the involvement of the CM Personnel with the outside community.
4. FACULTY SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS (FSDS)
This service refers to the psycho-spiritual formation of the faculty. The Group Faculty Spiritual Development Session wherein each group goes out to deepen their spiritual growth through Lectio Divina in visiting sick family members of the teachers, former colleagues and orphanages. The faculty has also a common psycho-spiritual development session with the Campus Minister once every two months. The CM often invites the Campus Ministry Consultant to facilitate these sessions. Furthermore, this service also refers to the personal and professional growth of the Campus Ministry Personnel. This entails that the CM personnel should attend seminars pertaining to or related to the office.
5. PASTORAL COUNSELING SERVICES
This is provided for those who need guidance and assistance in clarifying matters that affect their personal and faith life. The Office would like to heed the call of St. Benedict to “listen with the ear of your heart” to those who are in need. These services are not meant to duplicate or supercede the services of the Guidance Office.
6. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT / OUTREACH PROGRAM
This refers to the Campus Ministry Personnel and the Faculty members’ involvement in the spiritual growth of the sick family members of employees/ former employees, the orphans in the institutions of a particular level’s choice through Lectio Divina Monastic Meals and gift giving.
CAMPUS MINISTRY PERSONNEL
The Campus Ministry Personnel is composed of the Campus Minister, Campus Ministry Consultant and Campus Ministry Associates. The Associates of the Campus Ministry are the Religion/ Christian Living Education (CLE) Coordinator and moderators of Religious Clubs. The Office also welcomes student and faculty volunteers especially during special feasts and solemnities and other big events / celebrations.