Spiritual Life

Service Program

Senior Christian Service

The Religious Education Curriculum includes a service-learning component for seniors. Those who choose to apply for this course and are accepted will spend one semester visiting four sites each week. These locations include elder facilities, preschools, elementary schools, and a variety of community locations. Listed below are many of the sites Ursuline students have enjoyed during the past several semesters.

Elder Care/Assisted Living:

Heritage Manor, Inn at Christine Valley, Liberty Arms, Meridian Arms, Omni West, Ursuline Motherhouse Health Care, Park Vista
Pre-School/Day Care:
Candy Cane Workshop, Sunny Days Preschool at St. Rose, Ursuline Preschool and Kindergarten (UPSK), Early Childhood Learning Center at St. Luke’s, St. Patrick’s Preschool Hubbard, Early Childhood Learning Cemter at St. Joseph’s, Oblate Sisters Preschool and Kindergarten
Elementary School:
Saint Christine, Saint Joseph the Provider, Saint Christine
Community:
Purple Cat, Leonard Kirtz School, Potter’s Wheel, Rescue Ministries, St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall and Food Pantry, Our Community Kitchen, Rich Center for Autism

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Included in their work for this course is an on-site evaluation from their supervisors, excellent attendance, and academic assignments in order to receive their religion credit. Each student keeps a daily journal of his or her reflections for their service work. A research project on a topic, which relates to one of their locations, a storytelling project for the children at their preschool, in-class discussions and in-service training, elementary sign language, and reflection papers on videos comprise the curriculum for this course.

Students of Stewardship

Students of Stewardship is an extracurricular service organization dedicated to serving various local charities including the Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, and Casa Madre, among others. They also raise money throughout the year to defray the cost of their culminating activity, a mission trip to an area in need, such as Appalachia. Students in grades 9 through 12 are welcome to join S.O.S., although the Mission Trip is open to only upper classmen.

 

Interact

Another extracurricular service organization is the Interact Club, which is affiliated with Rotary International. It is open to all students who wish to enhance leadership skills, serve their community and expand international understanding. Projects address today’s most critical issues such as hunger, the environment and illiteracy.

 

School Wide Service Efforts

In addition to the above activities, various Ursuline organizations sponsor the following school wide service projects:

  • Ursuline Day of Service – April 13, 2019
  • City Wide Beautification and Clean-Up Projects
  • Thanksgiving & Christmas Food Drives
  • Clothing Drives
  • Collections for the Ursuline Sisters’ HIV/AIDS Ministry & Beatitude House
  • Ursuline Family Emergency Fund

Retreats

As a Catholic High School, the spiritual development of young people is of paramount importance. Retreat days allow students to deepen their personal relationship with God and to reflect on how they can apply the Gospel message of Jesus to their daily lives.

For each class, one day is set-aside for students to leave campus and participate in a day-long retreat experience. The theme of the retreat day relates to the subject matter of that grade. Time is given for input, personal prayer and community building activities.

GRADE 9:

The freshman retreat day, schedule in the beginning weeks of school, help the class embark on their Ursuline experience as a class. The day begins with a walking journey to the nearby campus of Youngstown State University, Kilcawley Center, for a day of presentations, activities, prayer, reflections, discussions. lunch, and activities to promote class unity. The retreat presenter, Fr. Damien Ference from St. Mary Seminary Cleveland, will facilitate the retreat day. Students walk back to school in the afternoon in time for wrap of the retreat day and dismissal.

 

GRADE 10:

The sophomore retreat day, “The Face of Christ”, raises students’ awareness of how we encounter Jesus Christ in the “other”; the poor, marginalized, our family members, classmates and in the face of all those in need of our compassion and love. This Gospel Message theme supports the sophomore religion class of New Testament which all students take during second semester. The retreat day, held at nearby Youngstown State University, incorporates music, prayer, activities, lunch, fun and laughter, allowing for the class to build upon the unity they have begun to form in their freshman year. The retreat director, Mr. Ben Walther, Director of Campus Ministry at Walsh University, will help students begin to discern how God is calling them to be the Face of Christ for others in our world.

GRADE 11:

The junior retreat focuses on various social justice issues that students will encounter as part of their Junior religious education course of study, as well as issues that they will encounter in their lives. Some of the topics of the day are: taking care of God’s creation, fair trade, the distribution of power within society and its effects on people from all walks of life and parts of the world, and finally human trafficking which has become an ever increasing problem in the world but more specifically in the United States. Input, discussion and reflection are the major components of the day.

 

GRADE 12:

The focus of the senior retreat allows the students to reflect on their lives, to look forward to the many decisions they will make in the upcoming months, to repair relationships and to ask forgiveness. It is also a time to deepen their prayer life and experience new forms of praying, to walk the labyrinth with their peers, who are their companions on this journey to adulthood and to express gratitude for all the gifts they have been given. It is also a time to look inward and decide the type of adult they wish to become.

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At the start of each academic year, all students, Catholic and non-Catholic, receive a Liturgical Ministries survey through their religion classes. Students are asked to prayerfully consider ways in which they may serve God and the Ursuline faith community through the following Liturgical Ministries:

Altar Servers

Altar Servers sign up in August through their Religion class to assist at Masses. Although past experience is appreciated, interested students need not be altar servers in their Catholic parish. Training is provided to anyone new to this ministry. Both young women and men may be trained as altar servers.

 

Eucharistic Ministries

Seniors are invited to participate in the special role of Eucharistic Minister. Eucharistic Ministers provide extensive training after school and are commissioned to serve during our Feast of St. Ursula Liturgy. Once commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers, students may also serve in their home parish.

 

Readers

Readers take on the important ministry of proclaiming the Word of God and Petitions at all-school Masses and Prayer Services. Students interested in becoming a lector should sign up on the Liturgical Ministry Survey distributed through all religion classes in the fall of the academic year. Readers meet on the day of Mass to rehearse the selected readings.

Liturgical Choir

The Liturgical Choir, El Fuego, is open to all interested students. El Fuego, Spanish for “The Fire,” brings music and song to all Ursuline worship experiences. El Fuego is open to vocalists and musicians. The choir meets to practice after school on Mondays in the Band Room. Practice is also held on the day of the liturgy during period three. Occasionally, El Fuego is asked to sing for Diocesan Masses and community events. Dr. Linda Miller, Religion teacher and Liturgy Coordinator, directs the choir with periodic assistance from Mrs. Joan Williams of the Fine Arts Department.

 

Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee, made up of all student volunteers under the guidance of Dr. Linda Miller, meets after school to plan school Masses and Prayer Services. Members of the Liturgy Committee support our worship experience with their creativity and leadership. Students interested in joining the Liturgy Committee may sign up on the Liturgical Survey in August through their religion class.

 

Morning Mass

Students are invited to assist as sacristans or readers at morning mass in the Rev. Daniel Venglarik Chapel where Fr. Murphy presides.

 
For more information on how students may become involved in liturgical ministries, contact Dr. Linda Miller (lmilleruhs@youngstowndiocese.org).

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Prayer & Worship Schedule

All liturgies or prayer services begin at 10:00 in the Ursuline gym unless otherwise noted.

All students, parents, alumni, and friends of Ursuline are invited to attend Morning Liturgy on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:20 AM in the Father Daniel M. Venglarik Chapel.

 

  • Friday, August 31, 2018 — Opening of School Prayer Service, UHS Gym
  • Wednesday, September 5, 2018 — Senior Class Retreat, Villa Maria, PA
  • Wednesday, September 5, 2018 — Freshman Class Retreat, YSU – Kilcawley Center
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 — Junior Class Retreat, Villa Maria, PA
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 — Sophomore Class Retreat, YSU – Kilcawley Center
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018— Feast of St. Ursula Mass, UHS Gym
  • Thursday, November 1, 2018 — All Saints Day Mass, UHS Auditorium
  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018 — Thanksgiving Mass, UHS Gym
  • Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday December 12-14, 2018 — Sacrament of Reconciliation, Learning Center
  • Friday, December 21, 2018— Advent Prayer Service, UHS Gym
  • Tuesday, January 29, 2018 — Feast of St. Angela Merici, UHS Gym
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2018 — Ash Wednesday Mass, UHS Gym
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019 — NHS Induction Mass, UHS Gym
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday March 26-28, 2019 — Sacrament of Reconciliation, Learning Center
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 — Stations of the Cross, UHS Gym
  • Friday, May 24, 2019 — Senior Baccalaureate Mass, St. Columba Cathedral
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