- Student Life
The mission of the Office of Campus Ministry is to support Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School’s commitment to the development of the whole person – body, mind and spirit. All of our activities and programs are aimed at fostering the potential of our students within the context of the Christian community. Rooted in the Faith and the living of Gospel values, we seek to provide students, faculty and parents with opportunities to grow in self-knowledge and to deepen relationships with others and God.
While we are committed to being actively engaged in a dialogue of respect with other religious traditions and faith expressions, Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School serves as a beacon of Catholic identity and is fully committed to implementing the three goals of ministry with adolescents as set forth in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document, Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry (1997):
A symbol from our patron saint’s Italian family crest, the “Borromean rings” consists of three interlocking rings so arranged that if one ring were to be removed, the entire construction falls apart. Yet, even while no two rings are connected in this arrangement, the three are completely inseparable. Associated with the Trinity, the rings also serve as an incredibly perfect model of the balanced and complete human person – BODY-MIND-SPIRIT -interrelated and united in the purpose of using our entire being to bring forth God’s Kingdom.
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At Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, faith development and spiritual growth are essential to the development of the whole person. There are many opportunities to experience avenues for this growth:
3 days a week we begin the day with a communal prayer in the auditorium. Students and adults share in this ministry, reminding us all of God’s loving presence throughout the day. School-wide prayer services are also scheduled for various occasions throughout the year.
The Eucharist is the summit and center of the Catholic faith. At Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, the Eucharist is celebrated throughout the school year.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered to both students and staff on a regular basis.
The BMCHS Peer Ministry seeks to empower BMCHS students to live as disciples of Jesus witnessing as Christian examples to the BMCHS community. The students are challenged to grow as mature individuals, to learn more about their faith and to use their God-given gifts in the service of others. They may serve in any of the following ways:
Students are asked to complete a Reflection Questionnaire prior to joining the Peer Ministry Team.
The Campus Minister and the Peer Ministry Team are available to minister to the spiritual needs of the students. The school chaplain is also available one day a week.
All 9th grade students start the school year with a community-building retreat which aims to facilitate their transition to high school and to introduce them to the mission of BMCHS.
A retreat is held later in the year for 9th – 11th grade students giving them an opportunity to reflect on their journey in faith as well as nurture their spirituality. On this same day, the 12th grade students participate in a service day followed by a related integration experience. Participation in this day is mandatory for all students.
All 12th graders have a retreat day early in the first quarter to prepare them for their final year in the school community. In the spring, they participate in a two-day, one-night retreat to prepare them for the rest of their spiritual journey in life.
“The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace.”
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
In support of the BMCHS mission, we emphasize service as a way to help students come to an awareness of their responsibilities to the local and global community. Volunteering in the community helps the common good of all and through service to others, students demonstrate character, respect for self and others, integrity, and compassion. Responding to those in need is foundational to living Gospel Values.
Student service hours are reported using the Student Web Portal. Paper service hour forms are no longer be used but can be kept by the student as proof of the service completed. Here are the full instructions for reporting service hours:
Ask your theology instructor for more information on acceptable volunteer opportunities.
An important part of the high school experience is the participation with fellow students and faculty members in activities of personal interest and development. Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School offers a full-range of honor societies, clubs, sports, and activities which stimulate and develop interests of each student.
Co-curricular activities allow the student to pursue interests and talents related to a course of study. Extra-curricular activities give the student a chance to serve and to pursue interests not directly related to their studies. Athletics combine physical development and exercise with competition and enjoyment.
We are proud to offer our students the following clubs and activities but most importantly to offer the option to begin new activities, which can be initiated by the student body.