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Liturgies

Campus Ministry provides inspiration and opportunity for faith development to the entire school community. The student-led program includes retreats for all grade levels, morning prayers and regular celebrations of the liturgy. Students from all classes participate as Lectors, Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Liturgical Dancers, Cantors and Music Ministers. The following are some of our favorite celebrations:

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  • BACCALAUREATE MASS

    On the evening before graduation graduates and their families gather on the senior lawn for a sunset Mass. Seniors reflect on their four years as a Louisville student, and treasure this special evening together. A reception follows in St. Louis Hall.  
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  • CLASS MASSES

    Each class celebrates Mass together on campus as a special time to reflect and bond. This smaller gathering gives students more opportunities to participate. 
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  • GRANDPARENTS LITURGY

    Every year our students invite their grandparents to celebrate the Mass with us at Louisville. A recent tradition that has developed -- an informal picnic lunch complete with free PIE! 
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  • HERITAGE LITURGY

    Louisville celebrates its Irish heritage - the homeland of the Sisters of St. Louis who came to California and founded Louisville High School. Traditional Irish dancers help to bless our sacred space with their graceful art. 
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  • MOTHER/DAUGHTER MASS AND PICNIC

    Our annual Mass and Picnic in May also includes an induction of seniors into the Louisville Alumnae Association. Mothers and grandmothers join us for Mass, followed by a picnic lunch on the student class lawns. 
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Retreats

The Retreat Program at Louisville is student-directed under the guidance of the Campus Minister and faculty members. Student leaders are trained in preparation for each retreat experience. Each class retreat is designed to guide students through the growth and challenges of that particular year.

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  • Freshman Retreat - Sanctuary

    The freshman class is invited to two retreat experiences on campus in the fall and again at the beginning of the second semester. Students receive an explanation of the sanctuary that they will discover while they are here at Louisville.
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  • Sophomore Retreat - Choices

    The sophomore retreats are one-day retreats held off campus. Celebrating life's choices, the retreats are a time of exploration of the choices made throughout our lives. They allow for small group discussion, personal reflection and communal prayer.
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  • Junior Retreat - Encounter

    Encounter is a two-and-a-half day retreat held off campus. This retreat is based upon the Gospel of Emmaus. Those who choose to make this retreat enjoy opportunities to develop their prayer lives, engage in spiritual dialog, discuss issues that are pertinent to their personal struggles as well as growth in faith, hope and love.
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  • Senior Retreat - Kairos

    The senior retreat is Kairos, which means “The Lord’s Time.” This retreat enables candidates to focus on their relationship with God, with themselves, and with family and friends. It fosters the value of Christian life as the candidates work to build a true faith community over three-and-a-half days.
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Service

Our community and environmental service program connects Louisville students to the mission of the school which invites the entire community "to bring Christ to all and all to Christ." By encouraging commitment to lifelong service, Louisville students are inspired to become leaders and volunteers who will tackle problems of poverty and environmental issues.

Students are encouraged to go beyond the school-sponsored service. They continue to volunteer in their church communities, visit the elderly and serve in a variety of other venues.

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“I feel an obligation to improve the lives of others in some way, if I can, and to be an instrument of change.”
Seneca Zamora ’06, AmeriCorps and Peace First
“Louisville has done a wonderful job instilling the value of service into the formation process of its young women. You must be very proud of your graduates... We look forward to many more applicants from Louisville.”
Diana Murphy, Director of PLACE Corps