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Campus Ministry


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Fr. Joseph Emmanuel A. Liwanag, S.J.
Campus Minister

Mr. Ricardo E. Flores
Asst. Campus Minister for Student Formation

Bro. Rico J. Adapon, SJ
Asst. Campus Minister for Adult Formation

CMO Service Staff

Mr. Henrhee Honorio A. Balaba
Mr. Nelson A. Peteros

Through Campus Ministry, students are given the venue wherein, hopefully, the process of being transformed into the Image of Christ for the sake of others can take place in their lives.

The Spiritual Formation program of the Campus Ministry Office helps prepare students for a more meaningful life, work and service to God and others. The various activities under the Spiritual Formation program include the Sacraments (particularly the Eucharist, Confirmation and Reconciliation), retreats and recollections for students and teachers, devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Our Mother of Perpetual Help, devotions to the Patron Saints and celebrations of the Christ Awareness, Ignatian and Vocation weeks. Students are inspired and challenged to grow in ways that God directs them – that is, to move closer to Him and farther from lifestyles, attitudes, and actions that keep them from knowing and loving Him.

Vision

The Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu Campus Ministry Office believes that the transformation of our community is a major work of God’s grace and that personal and communal spiritual formation is an ongoing process.

Mindful of the reality of spiritual formation and transformation, the Office seeks to promote the teachings of the Church and Ignatian Spirituality to all the members of the community as a way of nurturing in them a life which conforms closely to the image and likeness of Christ.

The Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu Campus Ministry Office envisions a community of students, faculty, and staff as a community of grace by forming them to become men and women for others.

Mission

The Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu Campus Ministry Office exists to reach out to the entire School Community and to bond them with God and others. We exist to help the community grow in their faith and challenge their growth by realizing their life’s calling.

We, therefore, venture into venues where this process can take place. Through the Spiritual Exercises, we challenge our students to grow in the ways that God is directing them, that is, to move closer to Him and further from lifestyles, attitudes, and actions that keep them from knowing, loving and following Him. Moreover, we encourage our students to take personal responsibility for the spiritual climate of our community and be agents of change in society.

Though Campus Ministry prioritizes ministry to students, we also seek to provide spiritual growth opportunities for our faculty, staff, parents, and alumni.


Spiritual Profile of an Ateneo Hearter

An Ateneo Hearter is a person with a deep spirituality and a strong sense of solidarity.

I. DEEP SPIRITUALITY (SINNER YET LOVED)
A. An Ateneo Hearter is aware of his/her own sinfulness and yet believed that he/she is loved by God.

  • To be aware that one is not perfect and is bound to commit mistakes – that is why an Ateneo Hearter feels the need to be forgiven and to forgive.

B. An Ateneo Hearter is conscious about the reality that everything is a gift from God. He/she is then committed to take good care of all these gifts.

  • To do more with the gifts given because of one’s realization that he/she is loved by God.

C. An Ateneo Hearter has cultivated a deep sense of fidelity to the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the need for daily contact with God through prayer.

  • To be constantly conscious of the Spirit of Christ, animating his/her life, works, and personal growth.

II. SOLIDARITY (MEN AND WOMEN FOR OTHERS)
A. An Ateneo Hearter understands how one’s life can communicate faith, justice and love. He/she communicates this specifically through the use of  his/her God-given gifts and in the service of others.

  • Willing to make sacrifices for the good of the community.

B. An Ateneo Hearter’s love for God flows more in deeds than in words.

  • Knows that devotion to Christ is shown explicitly by one’s care for others

Campus Ministry Programs

SACRAMENTS

The Campus Ministry Office spearheads and assists in making the Sacraments available to students, faculty, staff, and parents. The office organizes the reception of First Communion, Confirmation, Reconciliation and Baptism for students, Marriage for faculty and staff, Anointing of the Sick for members of the community and their families, and Masses for the departed loved ones of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

HOLY EUCHARIST

Conscious that the Holy Eucharist is “the source and summit of Christian life,” the Campus Ministry Office offers Daily Masses at 6:45 am at the St. Ignatius of Loyola Chapel (First Semester) and St. Francis Xavier Chapel (Second Semester). It is also at the forefront of organizing school-wide Masses. Listed below are the themes and occasions of school-wide Masses in the past years:

  • June (Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus; Holy Spirit Mass)
  • July (Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola)
  • August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • September (Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
  • October (Ignatian Heroes’ Appreciation Day)
  • November (Mass for the Dead; First Communion)
  • December (Christmas Fair; Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception; Christmas Mass)
  • January (Sto. Niño Mass)
  • February (Chinese New Year Mass; Confirmation)
  • March (Baccalaureate Mass)

RECOLLECTIONS AND RETREATS

Grounded in Ignatian Spirituality, the office administers Recollections and Retreats for students, faculty, staff and parents. Starting Grade 3, the students undergo a yearly recollection based the insights of Ignatian Spirituality and the movements of the Spiritual Exercises.

The Faculty and Staff also spend an afternoon of Recollection once every quarter. They listen to invited speakers, share faith experiences and spend time in prayer and silence.  They also go through an annual retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. In addition, the parents of first communicants are given a Recollection on the role of parents in faith formation. In addition to this, a Formation Session which incorporates Ignatian Spirituality is organized for parents in coordination with the Guidance Office.

The themes for recollections and retreats for students are as follows:

  • Grade 3 – First Holy Communion
  • Grade 4 – Opening Up to Jesus
  • Grade 5 – Journeying with St. Ignatius
  • Grade 6 – Telling Our Stories
  • Grade 7 – Identity 1: Giftedness
  • Grade 8 – Identity 2: Woundedness
  • Grade 9 – Relationships 1: Friendship
  • Grade 10 – Relationships 2: Family

PRAYERS AND DEVOTIONS

The Campus Ministry Office believes in the power of daily, basic prayers. The office provides different prayers at the start of each class. At an institutional level, the office has promoted school-wide prayer through the Morning Spiritual Warm-up, the Angelus, and the Afternoon Spiritual Cool-down.

Incorporated in daily Masses are the School’s devotions. Wednesday masses are dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Friday masses to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Novena prayers are said during these masses.

In the Month of October, a special devotion to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary is promoted through the daily recitation of the holy rosary and the wearing of October medals.  During this month, in coordination with the CLF and Social Studies Subject areas, a Living Rosary is organized for each of the two departments (GS & HS).

Every class has a Class Jesuit patron which serves as the name of their section. The classes are encouraged to pray the Novena prayer and attend the mass during the feast of their patron Saint.

PARALITURGIES

Paraliturgies are given to students who have not yet received their First Communion. The pre-school, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students are given prayer services that allow them to reflect on the Word of God and prepare them for participation in the Holy Eucharist.

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