- Pope Benedict XVI
Meeting with Catholic Educators during his Apostolic Journey to the United States, April 17, 2008
Campus Ministry seeks to foster lifelong spiritual growth in our students. We are a community of believers who are inspired to serve. Through programs, retreats, liturgies, and service opportunities, St. Edmund Prep graduates go out into the world with a strong sense of God's love for them and their unique role in God's plan to serve and improve the world.
Prayer is a very important aspect of the Catholic life. 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 Baccalaureate Liturgy takes place the week before graduation and focuses our prayer on our graduates and their future.
Class masses are conducted throughout the year. Celebrated by our Chaplain, these commentated masses take place right in the classroom and explain the rich symbolism and meanings behind the rituals of the mass and encourage a greater understanding of the mass among the students.
Other liturgical seasons and holidays are commemorated through prayer services. We prepare our hearts and minds for the celebration of the Lord's birth during Advent, and begin the penitential season of Lent on Ash Wednesday with the reception of Ashes. During Holy Week, our prayer and meditation is centered on the traditional Seven Last Word of Christ.
In January, we celebrate with prayer the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and in May we dedicate ourselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. During Lent and Advent, students are invited to encounter God's love and forgiveness in the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Students are invited to serve as liturgical ministers (Altar Servers, Lectors, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion). There is a training program and on-going formation for students to learn and reflect on their important role in the worship life of our community.
Preparation for the Sacraments, particularly Confirmation is made available to any student who has not yet received the sacraments of initiation.
In the midst of our busy lives, opportunities to pause, reflect, and pray are important as we work to develop and deepen our relationship with God. Afternoons of recollection held once a month for Freshmen and Sophomores. These afternoons of prayer and reflection help to guide them as they begin their high school careers.
Juniors and Seniors have the opportunity to make the Emmaus Retreat. This three day/two night retreat hosted at the Capuchin Youth & Families Ministries Center in Garrison, NY, provides an opportunity for a community of participants to deepen their relationship with God and to share their faith with others
Our faculty and staff make retreat each year to encourage them in their special roles as catholic educators.
"The New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel."
- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Our Cleopas Retreat program gives juniors and seniors the opportunity to share their faith and minister to 8th graders preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation. Under the guidance of adult Retreat Directors, our trained student and alumni ministers provide engaging, high-quality youth ministry. During the retreat, confirmandi are encouraged to examine who and what they value as growing adolescents – and how there’s always room for God in that growth.
For more information or to schedule a Cleopas Confirmation retreat, Directors of Religious Education or Pastors should contact Deacon Ron Rizzuto, Director of Campus Ministry.
"The Confirmation candidates of Holy Name of Mary Parish in Valley Stream enjoyed a wonderful retreat experience. How wonderful to see teenagers sharing faith and enthusiasm with younger teens – peers ministering to peers. The Spirit of Jesus was so evident in these high school young people and adults alike. It was electric!!!"