Integrating learning with christian values and faith, Montini Catholic provides each student with opportunities for becoming a mature christian person. In addition to our academic curriculum, one can continue to develop their faith with liturgical and personal prayer, retreat participation, or service opportunities.
Each day we begin the school day with communal prayer. Every class begins with prayer, always placing ourselves in the presence of our God. We celebrate Eucharist as a faith community throughout the school year. Since Word and Eucharist are at the center of our faith, we at Montini feel that is it important to celebrate as a community. Priests from our feeder parishes are invited to celebrate "for" and "with" us. This bridges the relationship the students have in their school with their home parishes.
What is Lasallian Youth?
Lasallian Youth derives its name from St. John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the Christian Brothers. De La Salle was a priest from a wealthy family in 17th century France. He actively lived his life in response to God's will. This led him to train teachers, to form a new religious congregation, to renounce his wealth in favor of the poor, and to start a system of schools which revolutionized the education of youth at that time. Lasallian schools brought the poor and working class together in the same classroom where the teachers were seen as ministers of Jesus Christ who touched the hearts and minds of the students.
In this tradition, along with De La Salle's principles of community concern for others and strong guiding faith, Lasallian schools educate young people today. It is in response to this heritage that Lasallian Youth exists, to encourage faith, service and community.
Lasallian Youth began in the United States in 1987 after a group of U.S. high school students attended an international Lasallian Youth gathering in Canada. The enthusiastic U.S. students, so deeply affected by their experience, began Lasallian Youth in the summer of 1988. Because of the experience of this initial group, youth from all over the U.S. were moved to continue the Lasallian experience. In the following years. Lasallian Youth has become a national movement, involving hundreds of young people who gather regularly as a community to reflect on their experience of service, faith and justice in the light of the Gospel and the story of St. John Baptist de La Salle. (Summarized from the Lasallian Youth Manual)
Lasallian Youth are seeking an understanding of themselves and the world. They search for understanding through activities of faith, service, and community. They are interested in learning about justice and discovering the reasons for so much injustice in the world around them. Lasallian Youth understand that self-discovery and self-understanding begin in a community of acceptance. It grows in service to others and flowers in the light of faith.
“The Spirit of God Will lead you where you did not plan to go.” -from the Meditation of De La Salle
What do Lasallian Youth Do?
Lasallian Youth try to live out the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle: Faith, Service & Community. To do this, they attempt to explore their faith as young adult Christians through service and reflection. They serve the needs of their community by volunteering to work in soup kitchens, parishes, tutoring and recreation programs, transitional housing, residences for the elderly, teen drop-in centers, and other programs that assist those who would otherwise be neglected. Lasallian Youth also builds a community of concern and friendship among themselves and others through regular meetings, monthly gatherings and social activities.
Montini Catholic Lasallian Youth meets every Friday after school. During these meetings they plan service trips and build community by engaging in various games and activities. Members of Lasallian Youth lead prayer in our chapel every Tuesday after school.
PRO-LIFE/MARCH FOR LIFE TRIP
Campus Ministry sponsors the annual Pro-Life/March for Life Trip to Washington DC in January. Students participate in a three day trip to Washington DC, attend the March for Life, attend Mass and participate in speaker presentations. Students also visit a few of the local sites in Washington DC.
SUMMER SERVICE IMMERSION TRIPS
Montini Catholic High School has partnered with International Samaritan an organization that offers service opportunities building homes for families that work in the garbage dump. These experiences allow our students to become immersed in local culture, building relationships, growing spiritually and putting our faith into action. This summer will be Montini’s fifth mission trip. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 Montini worked at a garbage dump community in Nicaragua and in 2017 we volunteered in Jamaica. This will be our fifth summer and we will be returning to Jamaica.
EL OTRO LADO
El Paso Border Awareness Immersion Program
This was the first year that Montini Catholic participated in in the Border Awareness Immersion Program.El Otro Lado (EOL) El Paso, is a Lasallian border immersion experience which centers on those living along the margins. As Pope Francis also calls us to be a Church of the “margins”, we must respond in a Gospel-like manner to the needs of our fellow brothers and sisters by accompanying them through their camino (journey). The objective of EOL is to focus on the encounter; the encounters we share through our Lasallian families and the encounters we share through Christ with groups living on both sides of the border of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. EOL participants will explore the many issues related to border realities such as: immigration, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, youth at risk, and the complex cultural dichotomy of the El Paso and Ciudad Juarez borderland. Representatives from various organizations from both sides of the border, such as Border Patrol and local nonprofits host different sessions throughout the week to give participants an overall picture of the borderland. This was an eye-opening experience for the students, as well as the moderators. Programs like this help make what is learned in Theology classes come alive. It is putting our faith into action.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
One Week Can Change A Life Forever. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian organization wherein volunteers partner with future and current homeowners to build simple, decent, and affordable housing for low to very low-income families. Montini Catholic students, faculty, and even alumni, have looked forward, each spring and summer since 2003, to serving God by serving others, united in an ecumenical environment for a common cause.
SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAM
Montini Catholic follows a service-learning program, believing that a well designed program can move service to a whole new dimension. Service can strengthen young people’s faith, but they may not make that connection without some help. Beginning with the class of 2016, the students will have numerous opportunities for journaling and reflection. Service learning is an educational movement that helps translate academic learning to the real world. The core components of service learning are authentic service, structured reflection, and integration with a subject to be learned. Service, with the inclusion of structured reflection, can help students learn about God’s personal presence in the world and about the specific vision of God represented by Catholicism.
Students are required to complete at least 10 hours of service in the greater community per school year. To learn about current Service Opportunities please click here.
Retreat time allows for students to take time away from everyday life and make time for their faith. Students are given the opportunity for a retreat during all four years at MCHS.