We don’t view service opportunities as isolated events that end when we leave the site, for the service is more than performing a task — it’s the initial action step toward transformation that takes place through reflection.
Part of the Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother education is to “work toward the creation of a just society.” The work begins with action “with” (not for) those in need. Face-to-face interaction empowers those served and affirms their dignity as a valued member of the human family. Engaging with the poor and marginalized allows them, and us, to see the face of Christ.
Following the service is an opportunity for reflection. Prayer is essential as it provides a powerful reflective space to process the experience and to begin to contemplate the reasons why people are in down-trodden circumstances. While exploring the causes, we also ask “where is God present?” Person-to-person interaction and critical reflection in the light of our faith are catalysts toward the formation of life-long, faithful citizens.
These first two steps lead to transformation — the desire to affect change in the world around us. Students are encouraged to find ways to advocate for long-term change and become involved in their communities.
Leadership begins at 7:30am every day in the Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel. Students at all grade levels are encouraged to serve as lectors and altar servers during daily Mass. This Mass is open to the public and parents and friends are invited to join the celebration. Mass on Holy Days of Obligation are celebrated school-wide. Here, too, students provide the welcome, readings, music and altar serving. Every year, during our Lenten Series, Palma celebrates Mass at 7:00pm on Wednesdays during Lent. Each Mass is hosted by a Palma class.
“God is love” (1 John 4:8)
Campus Ministry is at the heart of Palma School. Liturgies, prayer services, mindfulness and meditation, service learning and advocacy, and retreats at every grade level provide students the opportunity to grow spiritually. Palma respects all beliefs while also honoring its commitment to the Gospel and the Christ of compassion. Students are encouraged to form meaningful relationships, committing to peace and justice with friends near and far. Campus Ministry’s many opportunities to serve the common good engage the head, heart, and hands. Students feel their worth as advocates for those marginalized by poverty and injustice.
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