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Faith & Service
The Campus Ministry Department strives to carry out the vision of Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C. “to make God known, loved, and served.” Our five areas of focus are Retreats, Peer Ministry, Liturgy, Service, and Mission. Our Retreat program, led by our Peer Ministers, is responsible for assisting our community in coming to know Jesus Christ. Through school-wide Liturgies and other forms of prayer, Campus Ministry helps students to come to know God. To serve those most in need, Campus Ministry provides opportunities for students to love and serve the Lord by helping the poor and marginalized. In making God “known, loved, and served,” the Campus Ministry Department fosters the spiritual formation and transformation of the entire Bishop McNamara community.
The Holy Cross Service Program is an integral part of student life at Bishop McNamara High School. As a school community, we look to our students to live as Christ did, "feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, offering hospitality to the homeless, caring for the sick, and visiting the imprisoned.” With this as our premise, our students are assigned a minimum number of community service hours to complete each year. The Campus Ministry website lists approved service sites. Throughout the school year, there are a variety of school sponsored community service opportunities such as soup kitchens, food runs, and service trips.
One of the ways that we live out our Holy Cross Mission is to participate in the March for Life. The March is an annual pro-life rally and march on Capitol Hill to protest abortion. It occurs every year on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision in which the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion. The March gives our students the opportunity to pray, to be a voice for the unborn, and to stand up on behalf of our pre-born brothers and sisters. This year, the March will take place on January 22, 2014. Students may sign up to participate in the Campus Ministry office or at March for Life Sign Up (can only be accessed using a STUDENT'S BMHS email account) starting in December.
Participation in the March for Life is an opportunity for students to participate in a civil protest. Alongside peers and thousands of others from throughout the country, their presence is a witness to the value of life in all its stages. Through participating in this public demand for justice, students will obtain 5 auxiliary service hours. Although this is an opportunity for students to stand up on behalf of others, it does not involve the direct interaction with vulnerable populations required by our Holy Cross service program. Because a primary component of our service program is personal interaction, auxiliary hours such as the ones accrued by participating in the March are not required at Bishop McNamara and their accrual does not decrease the number of Holy Cross service hours that students must complete.