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 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 morning mass on Thursdays (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 on Thursdays at 7:20 AM.
First All-School Liturgy | Feast of the Assumption
Wednesday, August 15 | 10:20 am
Grandparent's Day Liturgy
Tuesday, September 12 | 10:20 am
Thursday, October 3 | 10:20 am
Junior High Class Mass
Thursday, October 24 | 2:20 pm
Feast of All Saints Liturgy
Friday, November 1 | 10:20 am
Veteran's Day Liturgy
Monday, November 11 | 10:20 am
Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy | Spanish National Honor Society Induction
Thursday, December 12 | 10:20 am
Catholic Schools Week Liturgy | Winter Awards Assembly
Thursday, January 30 | 10:20 am
Ash Wednesday Liturgy
Wednesday, February 26 | 10:20 am
Thursday, March 5 | 9:00 am
Thursday, March 26 | 10:20 am
Thursday, April 23 | 10:20 am
May Crowning Liturgy
Friday, May 1 | 10:20 am
8th Grade Graduation
Wednesday, May 27 | 6:30 pm
Thursday, May 28 | 7:00 pm
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.
Senior Retreat Dates
View the Senior Retreat list here.
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Our Campus Ministry team wants to pray for you! When someone in the school community is in need of prayers, or knows of someone who is, he or she can submit a prayer request, and every other week the Campus Ministry team will be in the chapel praying for the needs of our community. Click here to submit a request.
"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 means so much more than just being in a club at Cardinal Ritter. 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 Cardinal Ritter but also grow closer to God."
Delaney McKee, Senior Class of 2016
Cardinal Ritter School Prayer
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who in thy mercy hears the prayers of all people, we beseech thee all grace and blessing on our Cardinal Ritter school community and family.
O Lord Jesus, grant that we may share your word, be of service to others, and love as you loved.
We thank You O Lord, for the many blessings bestowed upon the Cardinal Ritter family and implore that we may continue to fulfill the mission of justice begun by our namesake, your servant, Cardinal Joseph Ritter.
And may we always embody his motto.....
“Miles Christi Sum,” “I am a soldier of Christ.”
In Jesus name, Amen