Students Serve Community in Annual Faith Formation Day


Each year St. Maria Goretti High School sets a day aside called Faith Formation Day, where the surrounding community becomes their classroom for the day. The purpose of the day being to help students ultimately deepen their faith. The activities are chosen to correspond with what is covered in the religion curriculum during a given year.

So instead of starting classes, come 8:15 students piled into buses and headed off across the Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia areas.

At multiple sites, the freshmen class worked alongside local organizations and churches including: Boys and Girls Club of Hagerstown, Marshall Street School, St. Ann’s Church, St. Joseph’s Church, Children in Need, Habitat Restore, and Girls, Inc. The service and retreat day is to introduce freshmen to the theme of service, which will be a cornerstone of their experience at Goretti (100 hours for graduation).

The sophomore class headed down to Washington D.C. to visit the Saint John Paul II Shrine alongside Mrs. Gouker and Mrs. Lilly.

Per tradition, the junior class attended a retreat at Rhodes Grove Retreat Center in Chambersburg, PA. The retreat titled “Making Moral Decisions,” corresponds with the semester class they take covering morality.

Finally, as a capstone to their years at Goretti, seniors also experience a day of Mass and service to remind them to always give back to God and their community. The senior class split among multiple work sites, extending their reach into West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the greater Frederick area. Unique projects included a drama production with Mrs. Massey at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Hagerstown. Mr. Rafter took his group to the Boys and Girls Club of Martinsburg, WV where they painted, cleaned, and organized for the local organization. Another group of students worked with Habitat for Humanity of Washington County on a local housing project in Hagerstown. The group painted and worked to seal the bottom floors of the under-construction home. The construction team hoped the house would be done in time for Christmas.

Other service opportunities included Rescue Mission: Feeding the Homeless in Frederick and Pregnancy Ministries in Chambersburg, PA.