The Office of Campus Ministry reaches out to the membership of St. Edmund Prep in numerous activities. Prayer is a very important aspect of the students’ lives. The greatest prayer is that of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Frequent Liturgies are celebrated throughout the year. The opening of the school year is celebrated with a Mass of the Holy Spirit. At Thanksgiving we celebrate this special feast with Mass and the offering of food to the needy. The celebration of the graduates is the Baccalaureate Liturgy. This special liturgy is dedicated to the hopes and dreams of our Graduates. Frequent class masses are conducted throughout the year. These masses are celebrated right in the classroom. Our Chaplain, Father Dulaney will go into a classroom, explain the symbolism of what is happening and encourage a greater understanding of the mass among the students.
A number of our Senior Boys and Girls are trained as Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors. They assist at numerous liturgies and prayer services.
Prayer services permeate different events of the year. During Advent our prayer commemorates the spiritual coming of Christ. In January the student body celebrates the Birthday of Martin Luther King in a special way. Ash Wednesday’s prayer service takes on special meaning as this is a most sacred day on the Church calendar. Our prayer consists of meditation and prayerful responses as well as the reception of Ashes. During Lent there are two other prayer services, one of which is a commemoration of the Seven Last Words. In May, the life of Mary is honored.
Our retreat program is relatively extensive. Juniors and Seniors have the opportunity to make the Emmaus Retreat - a three day/two night retreat hosted at the Capuchin Youth & Families Ministries Center in Garrison, NY. Freshmen and Sophomores have days of Recollection held once a month on specific dates listed on the weekly calandar. A retreat experience is also made available to Faculty during the month of October.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is made available to the students during Lent and Advent. During Lent and Advent various outreach projects are conducted. For Thanksgiving a food drive is conducted for Providence House. At Christmas time each home room as well as the Faculty and Staff dedicate their efforts to providing a nice Christmas for people less fortunate than ourselves. Christmas Dinner baskets are prepared, Toys for Tots are collected and delivered, certain home rooms adopt a poor family through Catholic Charities to provide a “Bright Christmas.” Coats were collected and given to the poor and homeless.
Preparation for the Sacraments, particularly Confirmation is made available to any student who has not yet received the basic sacraments.