Spiritual Life

2017/18 Spiritual Life Calendar

Daily Mass

Event Time
Day B (1) & Day G (2) 8:05 AM

School Wide Masses / Prayer Services

Event Date & Time
First Day Prayer Service Grades 7-9: September 6, 2017 (8:15 a.m.)       Grade 10-12: September 7, 2017 (8:15 a.m.)
Opening Mass (Mass of the Holy Spirit) September 14, 2017 (8:10 a.m.)
Feast of St. Luke October 18, 2017 (8:10 a.m.)
Mass for Life (at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception) October 26, 2017
All Saints Mass November 1, 2017 (8:10 a.m.)
Thanksgiving Prayer Service November 21, 2017 (2:15 p.m.)
Vocations Week & Immaculate Conception Mass December 8, 2017 (8:10 a.m.)
Advent Penance Service December 13, 2017 (12:45 p.m.)
Christmas Prayer Service December 22, 2017 (8:10 a.m.)
Catholic Schools Week Mass January 31, 2018 (8:10 a.m.)
Ash Wednesday Mass February 14, 2018 (8:10 a.m.)
Lenten Penance Service March 13, 2018 (12:45 p.m.)
Solemnity of St. Joseph Mass March 19, 2018 (8:10 a.m.)
Octave of Easter Mass April 6, 2018 (8:10 a.m.)
May Crowning (Mothers & Grandmothers are invited to attend) May 3 or 4, 2018 (8:10 a.m.)
Ascension Thursday Mass May 10, 2018 (8:10 a.m.)
Baccalaureate Mass (celebrated at St. Matthew’s Church) June 7, 2018 (6:30 p.m.)
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Every first Friday from October through May

Student & Faculty Retreats 2017-2018:

Event Date
Senior Retreat September 21, 2017
Junior Retreat September 26, 2017
Sophomore Retreat September 28, 2017
Freshmen Retreat October 12, 2017
8th Grade Retreat October 17, 2017
7th Grade Retreat October 17, 2017
Faculty Retreat (No School for Students) November 6, 2017

Please note that all costs for retreats are included in the yearly Student Fee that each student pays. This fee covers the cost of the retreat, transportation, and lunch. All students are required to attend their class retreat.

Spiritual Life Team

The Spiritual Life Team was created to support the efforts of Bishop Grimes to encourage and support all students and their families in their spiritual journey.  Spiritual formation is viewed from an educational and a personal perspective, taking seriously the questions and process of spiritual growth rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition. The Spiritual Life Team believes that spirituality is not the business of one person or department. Rather, that it is a responsibility that is held collectively by all staff, teachers, coaches, volunteers, administrators, and students at Bishop Grimes.

 

At the same time, the Spiritual Life Team creates and supports programs that encourage the faith formation of our students.  To that end, the Spiritual Life Team aids and assists organizations and classes in preparation for monthly liturgies; provides students with the opportunity to participate in Eucharistic Adoration on the first Friday of each month; teaches students how to be readers, altar servers, and gift bearers; works closely with the Student Council in executing monthly service projects; and organizes yearly retreats for each class.

Peer Ministers

This group of  students helps to enhance the Spiritual Life and Catholic identity of the school by setting up for school liturgies and prayer services, singing in the choir for Mass, facilitating retreats, and serving as Eucharistic ministers or altar servers.

 

Service Projects & Service Requirements

The school community continuously finds ways to be the “hands of Christ” by participating in school-wide service projects to help less fortunate members of our communities.  Past school service projects have included food collections for the hungry, Toys for Tots Christmas collection for those in poverty, Francis House, Joseph’s House, and many more.

The heart of the Gospel, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” serves as the guiding principle of Bishop Grimes’ service requirement. Each Bishop Grimes student is required to complete service hours each school year. The school defines service as a task that a person performs for the benefit of his or her local community. Service often means stepping outside of one’s familiar environments and expanding one’s horizons. Bishop Grimes students are called to discern, plan, implement, and reflect on their community service in order to attain the highest quality and meaning of service learning. The aim of the service hour requirement is to expand a student’s perspective of the world, those in it, and connecting students with those in true need, as well as those who seek to help others attain a better quality of life.

For more information, including necessary forms, on the Bishop Grimes’ Service Hours requirements, click here.

Current opportunities for Student Service Hours include:

  • Road to Emmaus Walk & Run (July 15, 2017)
    • Students may participate in the Walk/Run by signing up directly at emmausministry.org or runyourfaith.com.  Registration is 7 AM at Columbus Circle and is free.  We Participants are asked to bring an item of need that will be distributed to individuals and families in need throughout Syracuse.
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      There are also spots available for volunteers to help with registration, course marshalls, water station persons, set up, and breakdown.   Please contact Bob @ 315-439-2881 to volunteer.

  •  2017 Summer Sizzler (July 29, 2017)
    • Plans are underway for the 2017 FREE Summer Sizzler Cookout at Bishop Foery Foundation on Saturday, July 29th from 12 – 4 PM and Emmaus Ministry is looking for your help!

      The Summer Sizzler cookout is an annual event in which Emmaus Ministry provides an afternoon of food, fun, games, prizes, and a bicycle giveaway at Bishop Foery Foundation located @ 100 Edmund Avenue, Syracuse, for one of the poorest neighborhoods on Syracuse’s south side.  The cookout provides a unique opportunity for families, teens, or groups to give a few hours of service this summer to reach out and bring the presence of Christ to those in need.

      Students are invited to help anytime between the hours of 11 AM and 5 PM on July 29th. Please contact Sheila Austin at saustin@emmausministry.org or call 315-256-1982.  Please note we have a rain date of Saturday, August 12th, if necessary.

Bishop Grimes Retreat Program

Every class takes a day of retreat to go off campus and share in a day together as a community along with time for personal reflection. Retreat days are set aside for a different kind of learning experience with God and one’s peers. It is a day that is purposefully very different from a normal school day.  Students turn off their electronics, put aside the worries of tests and classes, and are encouraged to focus on the activities and people they are with as they learn more about the God who loves them.  Each class retreat has a theme that corresponds to the class curriculum and includes Mass as well as the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Beginning in 2017-2018, retreat fees are included in the student activity fee for students, so there is no additional cost associated with student retreats. Every student is required to attend his/her class retreat.