La Reina High School puts on an important retreat for our Seniors each year. The KAIROS retreat is held twice a year so that all Seniors have the opportunity to attend, depending on their schedules. “KAIROS” is a Greek word meaning “special time”. During this “special time” she will be looking carefully at herself, her relationship with others and her relationship with God. KAIROS attempts to evoke in its participants a dynamic, personalized sense of God. It is a beautiful gift for young people. Our past retreatants say that they were so affected by the experience that it enhanced their relationships with family, friends, and even themselves.
Most Catholic schools and colleges have Campus Ministry Programs that make them distinct from their public school counterparts; it is what makes a school religious in nature. Campus Ministry brings the community together in worship, fellowship and outreach. To be Catholic is to be universal, to support one another in a worshipping community and to develop concern for our brothers and sisters.
The focus for the weekly meetings is fellowship combined with prayer, reflection, and business regarding upcoming Campus Ministry events. Popular activities include icebreakers, dancing, music, and eating (the glue of any good get-together). Campus Ministry is open to seventh through twelfth grade.
Campus Ministry leads the entire student body in prayer at announcement time and at many assemblies because we are a praying community, whatever faith one professes. We also have a beautiful chapel that is open all day for anyone who wants to pray privately or sit in the quiet. Campus Ministry sponsors chapel prayer weekly for any who wish to pray together. Prayer includes shared reflection on scripture, traditional prayers, Taize, and group meditation among others.
Each class is responsible for the planning of and participation in at least one liturgy a year. Students prepare readings and music, as well as creative environments and liturgical dances. Students are altar servers, lectors and Eucharistic ministers. There is a core student music ensemble with various instruments and voices that is joined by more students of the grade sponsoring the liturgy. Liturgical music ensemble practices after school on Tuesdays, and all are welcome. Mass fosters a sense of community among the different grade levels. Many students have commented that school liturgies and religious instruction have helped their understanding of religious services outside of school.
Feel free to contact the Campus Ministry office at any time during the school day.
Director of Campus Ministry
(805) 495-6494, ext. 351