Greetings from the Campus Minister!
My name is Sara Castillo and I am thrilled to be serving as the Campus Minister at Cardinal Ritter. I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Bogotá, Colombia. My first time in the United States was when I started college; fortunately it was a small school. I did my undergrad in a liberal arts college in Dubuque, Iowa called Loras College. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and International Studies. After finishing college, I joined the Echo Faith Formation Leadership Program. This program is part of the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. After two years of graduate classes, community living, spiritual formation, and ministerial experience I recently graduated from Notre Dame with a Masters of Art in Theology. As the Campus Minister, I oversee and coordinate all the retreats and liturgies, along with the help of the Campus Ministry Leadership Team.
Sara Castillo, Campus Minister
Campus Ministry Leadership Team
Juniors and Seniors are welcome to apply for membership on the Campus Ministry Leadership Team (CMLT). Responsibilities include:
Every month the students, faculty, and staff come together for an all-school liturgy. Additionally, each class has a separate liturgy throughout the year. We also worship as a community on special liturgical occasions.
We welcome at Mass and communion services those Christians who do not receive communion in the Catholic tradition and extend to them a warm blessing. Liturgical seasons of the Church Year such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and special feasts are given particular attention throughout the school year as we live in Christ.
Calendar of Liturgies
All parents are welcome to join us in any of our All-School Liturgies. We also have daily Mass Tuesday through Friday (except the days we have an all school liturgy) at our Chapel Our Lady of Sorrows. Students, parents and friends of the community are welcome to join us to celebrate Mass every day at 7:25 AM.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Monday, August 15th | 8:00am
First All-School Liturgy
Tuesday, August 23rd | 10:20am
Tuesday, September 13th | 10:20am
Tuesday, October 4th | 10:20am
All Saints Day Liturgy
Tuesday, November 1st | 8:30am
Veteran's Day Mass
Friday, November 11th | 8:30am
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Thursday, December 8th | 10:20am
January All-School Liturgy with Archbishop Tobin
Wednesday, January 4th | 10:20am
Catholic Schools Week Liturgy
Thursday, February 2nd | 10:20am
Ash Wednesday Mass
Wednesday, March 1st | 10:20am
March All-School Liturgy and Sophomore Ring Ceremony
Tuesday, March 14th | 10:20am
April All-School-Liturgy – Octave of Easter
Tuesday, April 18th | 10:20am
Tuesday, May 2nd | 10:20am
Underclassmen have the opportunity to take part in an annual Days of Recollection Retreats. Attendance is mandatory. 7th Graders, Freshmen, and Sophomores go on retreat in the fall, and Juniors and 8th graders go in the spring. These retreats are led by the Campus Ministry Leadership Team.
Christian Awakening Senior Retreat
Senior Retreat is a signature Cardinal Ritter experience. This retreat has been shaping and bonding graduating classes for decades. Senior Retreat is the culmination of all the previous retreats. This four-day retreat gives students an opportunity to reflect upon who they are, their relationship with others, their relationship with God, their response to Him, and the experience of Christian community. The senior class is split up into four groups.
"Campus Ministry has affected my life a lot more than I thought it would have. I thought it was just setting up for School Mass, but it is so much more than that. You get to go and help the younger Raiders grow closer to God, themselves and each other and that has been a wonderful experience." Maddy Easley, Senior Class of 2016
"The Campus Ministry Leadership team has been one of the greatest decisions I've ever made in High school. Being apart of Campus Ministry gives me a chance to be apart of setting up and putting away all materials needed for mass. Being a retreat leader gives me chance to be with a group of underclassmen and help them get along with one another. I have been given the chance to learn so much more about myself and the Catholic faith. It has been an amazing experience to be with a group that share the same passion of praying and talking with God. I feel really thankful for being accepted into this group and I'm so glad I have the chance to not only help myself but help others grow in their faith."
Joel Riley, Senior Class of 2016
"Being apart of Campus Ministry is more than just being in a club at Ritter it means much more. One of the best parts about being on the Campus Ministry team is being able to lead retreats. It means a lot to me and the other campus ministers when we are able to lead a retreat of younger kids and be apart of their journey in their faith and with their peers. Along with leading retreats we have the responsibility to lead and participate in our all school and class masses. Being able to participate in masses not only keeps us all more involved in the mass but encourages other people to participate and is all around enjoyable. Overall being apart of campus ministry has been helped me in my relationships with friends and teachers at Ritter but also grow closer to God."
Delaney McKee, Senior Class of 2016