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Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry


Program Overview

The goal of the Campus Ministry Program of St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is to develop and nurture the Catholic, Christian identity of the students of SJSC's Middle School. The Program strives to provide experiences in which the students can practice and explore their Catholic identity and faith. The purpose of Campus Ministry is:
  • To acquaint the 6th – 8th-grade students with the person of Jesus Christ: His life, His ministry, and His message.
  • To give the 6th – 8th-grade students the experience of liturgy, ceremony, and prayer opportunities that they can enjoy as beautiful and symbolic forms of worship.
  • To give the 6th – 8th grade students a forum to discuss the moral implications of the choices, actions, and decisions that are inherent in their journey toward maturity.
  • To help the 6th – 8th-grade students form a value-driven personal and social conscience which will allow them to feel responsibility for the welfare of others and of society as a whole.
  • To help the 6th – 8th-grade students understand that he/she is a member of the Catholic Church and, as such, should be acquainted with the beliefs, practices and rich history of the Church.
  • To make 6th – 8th-grade students feel that he/she is an important part of his/her Catholic parish.
  • To allow the 6th – 8th-grade students feel a sense of community and friendship with other students at school in a faith and values setting and to provide an opportunity for teachers and parents to encourage the faith life of the students of St. Junipero Serra Catholic School.

Participation in the Campus Ministry Program includes a nominal fee which off-sets the cost of the program activities, meeting refreshments, and supervision costs. Participants are also required to sign a Participation Agreement. Meeting dates are provided on the Participation Agreement. 

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Spiritual Life


St. Junipero Serra Catholic School continues to be a strong faith community centered in spirituality, prayer, and devotion to living the Gospel message. Our Catholic identity is woven into everyday life at school through the active involvement of students and the support and example of parents, administrators, teachers, staff, and alumni.

Our school community, joined by family and friends, comes together throughout the year to celebrate the gift of Christ. Serra students grow in faith, service, and character by participating in monthly school Masses and prayer services.

Students in grades 1-8, guided by their teachers, plan all aspects of the liturgies: They choose the Mass themes, write the Prayers of the Faithful, select the music, and prepare the readings of the day. Students also join in the liturgical celebration as readers, altar servers, cantors, ushers, and greeters, among other roles.

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students play an active role in their own special prayer services. Preschool students are also introduced to prayer and reflection within the classroom. They are invited to have quiet time to pray at the prayer table every week and are encouraged to pray with their friends.

This involvement brings our Catholic faith to life for students and inspires servant leadership and future participation in parish ministry.

In addition to the celebration of the Mass, students also participate in recitation of the Rosary each Monday, receive the sacrament of Reconciliation, reenact the Christmas Nativity and The Living Stations of the Cross, and coordinate various social justice and outreach projects.

SERRA BEAR PRAYER PARTNERS


An important part of the St. Junipero Serra student experience is to stay spiritually connected as a community. Our students have been paired up this year with different grade levels to stay united as one and to lift up one another along the way. For the older students it provides an opportunity to practice role-modeling. For our younger students it provides support and encouragement knowing there is always someone on campus they can turn to. Students will gather several times throughout the school year to meet with their prayer partners to; attend mass, develop classroom outreach programs, participate in fun activities, and, of course, to pray!

Serra Bear Prayer Partners:
  • 8th grade and 4th grade
  • 7th grade and 1st grade
  • 6th grade and 2nd grade
  • 5th grade and 3rd grade