Spirit In Motion. Joy In Service.
As a Catholic, college preparatory high school, we provide a unique opportunity where academics and spiritual practice interact to promote development of the whole student. Campus Ministry at MKCHS is not a club, but rather an invitation to our entire community- students, faculty, parents, volunteers- to participate in our activities and major events throughout the school year. Our program consists of participation in the following:
- Daily prayer
- Weekly Mass
- Monthly all-school Mass
- Yearly faith-focused theme
- Liturgical prayer services
- All-school penance service
- Annual grade-level retreats
- Purposeful service in the community
Prayer and Liturgical Celebrations
Every day begins and ends with prayer over the PA. During the course of the year, Campus Ministry provides a variety of liturgical celebrations. Weekly Mass, monthly all-school masses, and prayer services are all a part of the Kelly High School experience. In all of these, students play a major role in the planning, as well as participating as readers, leaders of song, ushers, and gifts presentation.
Retreats are a very popular part of life at Kelly High School. Each grade participates in a day-long faith and relationship-building experience. These retreats address a different set of topics with the goal of bringing students closer together as a class through a deeper understanding of our values and mission.
Service plays a big part of the school year here at MKCHS. Every year, a spiritual theme is selected by our Campus Ministry Team and is promoted all year long through inspirational posters in the hallways, shirts that are worn on certain occasions, and theme-focused prayer in the classrooms. In addition to the theme, there are several other ways the students are expected and encouraged to live a life of service.
Formed by the principles of Catholic Social Justice, all students are required to complete 25 hours of service to the community each school year. At Kelly High School, we proudly pronounce that our students exceed those required numbers, often times doubling or tripling the expectation.
During our annual “Kelly Springs Into Action Day”, over 500 participants from the Kelly community spend five hours performing various service projects including washing windows, performing yard maintenance, delivering meals to the aging, serving at soup kitchens, and striping parking lots. Over 2,500 hours of service is completed by the end of the day with the help of over 400 students, 50 faculty and staff, 40 parents, and 35 agencies; all with the same goal- to help others.
Among the rewarding feeling that comes from helping others through performing community service, students have the opportunity to meet people who are passionate about trying to make the world a better place. They see people in action who are living out a life of God’s work and love in our world and that is just as rewarding.