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
Sterling House, Heritage Manor, Inn at Christine Valley, Liberty Arms, Meridian Arms, Omni West, Ursuline Motherhouse Health Care, Windsor House

Pre-School/Day Care
Candy Cane Workshop, Goddard School, Head start: McCartney and Renaissance, Oblate Sister, St. Christine, St. Patrick, Sunny Days, Ursuline Preschool

Elementary Schools
Alpha School of Excellence, Campbell, St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Lloyd, St. Joseph the Provider, St. Patrick (Hubbard), St. Rose

Community
ACLD Mollie Kessler, Leonard Kirtz School, Potential Development, Potter’s Wheel, Rescue Ministries, Rich Center for Autism (St. Charles Satellite Center), St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry

 
service-in-our-community-ursulineIncluded 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, the Religious Education Department sponsors the following school wide service projects:

  • Campus Clean-Up
  • City Wide Beautification and Clean-Up Projects
  • Thanksgiving & Christmas Food Drives
  • Clothing Drives
  • Collections for the Ursuline Sisters’ HIV/AIDS outreach
  • Election Day Poll Workers
  • 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:

As new students to Ursuline and to each other, the freshman retreat day is geared to help members of the class experience cooperative team-building activities, listen to inspiring gospel-centered stories, and create bonds with new friends. This day helps ease many of the insecurities and concerns that freshmen often experience. Most importantly this day offers opportunities to pray with and for each other, realizing that we are all children of God. The facilitator for the day is Mr. Bob Kloos of Beacon Street Ministry and Arts in Cleveland. Mr. Kloos says that his role is “To announce the scriptures in a way that engages, enlivens and enthuses those ‘who have ears to hear.’

 

GRADE 10:

Sophomores experience presentations and engage in activities that build upon their freshman retreat. Mr. Bob Kloos, of Beacon Street Ministry and Arts in Cleveland, focuses on community building within the class, recognizing the human dignity of each person, and raising students’ awareness of seeing the face of Christ in our neighbor. The day is enlivened with Scripture, Mr. Kloos’s storytelling, “Group Jenga”, juggling bean bags, balancing peacock feathers, puppet skits performed by the students, and a backdrop of music and song. The retreat location, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, provides “holy ground” for spiritual growth of the sophomore class.

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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Stewardship

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 10:15 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, Sept 1, 2017 — Opening of School Prayer Service, UHS Gym
  • Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 — Senior Class Retreat, Villa Maria, PA
  • Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 — Freshman Class Retreat, Mt. Carmel
  • Thursday, Sept. 19, 2017 — Junior Class Retreat, Villa Maria, PA
  • Thursday, Sept. 19, 2017 — Sophomore Class Retreat, Mt. Carmel
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 — Feast of St. Ursula Mass, UHS Gym
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 — All Saints Day Mass, UHS Auditorium
  • Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 — Thanksgiving Mass, UHS Gym
  • Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 — Immaculate Conception, UHS Auditorium
  • Tues., Wed., Fri. Dec. 12, 13 & 15, 2017 — Sacrament of Reconciliation, Learning Center
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 — Advent Prayer Service, UHS Gym
  • Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 — Feast of St. Angela Merici, UHS Gym
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 — Ash Wednesday Mass, UHS Gym
  • Wed., Thurs., Fri. Mar. 14, 15, 16, 2018 — Sacrament of Reconciliation, Learning Center
  • Wednesday,March 28, 2018 — Stations of the Cross, UHS Gym
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 — NHS Induction Mass, UHS Gym
  • Friday, May 25, 2018 — Senior Baccalaureate Mass, St. Columba Cathedral
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