St. Maria Goretti High School has a vibrant, active campus ministry program that is designed to promote Catholic Christian living among our school community. The Campus Minister, supported by the Religious Studies Department, directs the program. Campus Ministry encourages student involvement and input in all aspects of the program, including retreats, liturgies, and community service. Any student who has concerns of a spiritual nature can direct their concerns to the Campus Minister, Chaplain, or to any member of the Religious Studies Department.
The school offers a wide variety of liturgies throughout the year. All services are held in the neighboring St. Ann’s Church. Student participation is actively encouraged. A school Mass is celebrated monthly. Every class receives special recognition at one of the Masses throughout the year: Freshmen in September, Sophomores in October, Juniors in January, and Seniors in May. Other school-wide prayer services, such as the Adoration Liturgy, the Thanksgiving Prayer Service, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation are celebrated throughout the year. Opportunity for personal prayer is available at St. Maria Goretti’s Perpetual Adoration Chapel.
St. Maria Goretti encourages all students to embrace prayer as an integral aspect of their daily lives. Each school day begins and ends with a school-wide prayer, as does every class period. The Angelus is said before lunch. All school assemblies and athletic events begin with a prayer.
The “Morning Star” Rosary Group is offered every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.
Retreats & Service Day
Student retreats and the annual service day are an important part of St. Maria Goretti’s overall spiritual program. The service day is an opportunity for freshmen and sophomores to go with their classmates to a nonprofit organization and volunteer their time and talents to serving others. The service day ends with Mass. The retreats are designed to provide the students with an opportunity to deepen their relationships with God and others, and to bond with their individual class. Juniors attend a one-day retreat in which they will have an opportunity to discuss morality topics in detail, pray, and attend Mass. Seniors attend a three night retreat called Kairos. This is a special retreat in which students break into small groups and have time to reflect on their lives, their relationship with God, and their relationship with others. Mass and Reconciliation are key components of the Kairos Retreat.
St. Maria Goretti takes seriously our commitment to educate students to be responsible citizens and active participants in the faith. To this end, each student is required to perform 25 hours of community service for each year he/she attends the school, for a total graduation requirement of 100 hours. Many service opportunities are available through the school, including a week-long Mission Trip.
Respect for Life
Each year, a group of students and faculty from St. Maria Goretti participate in the January March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Campus Ministry Office
Pastoral care is available to students through the Office of Campus Ministry.
Any questions can be addressed to the Campus Minister, at (301) 739-4266 ext. 159.