The soul of the school
Campus Ministry is what is unique about a Catholic school. In keeping with the Catholic view of education, Campus Ministry collaborates with and supports the school by animating and enlivening the spiritual lives of both students and staff in a spirit of love and communion.
Campus Ministry seeks to teach the whole human person, in his or her intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual capacities, how to stand before God and His Church, and before each other. This is all aimed to take place within the context of a student’s education. Campus Ministry includes:
Campus Ministry Opportunities
Having a right relationship with God will allow students to take ownership of their faith and through it share his love with others. Various clubs, activities and programs give students these opportunities, and include:
Leadership Development: planning and implementing grade 8 and 9 retreats and other school-wide events and initiatives.
Service & Outreach: The Life & Justice Club, Good Shepherd Street Ministry Candy Drive, and The Door is Open and Men’s Hostel meals, St. Vincent de Paul donations, and the Philippines Encounter help students to learn about social justice issues and how they can help both locally and internationally.
Connections to the Diocese: Students can come to a deeper appreciation of the greater Church by participating and volunteering in parish youth ministry programs, and by participating in and serving on Archdiocesan event teams.
Retreats give us a chance to nourish and enrich our souls by sharing experiences, and reflecting on life through prayer, music and play. These retreats are part of what makes a Catholic education a memorable and powerful experience.
- The Grade 8's have a 1-day retreat.
- Gr. 9 has a 1-day retreat.
- Gr. 10 has a 1-day retreat.
- Gr. 11 and 12 have a 3-day retreat at Camp Stillwood.
- The school also sends a group of senior students to Youth Leader, a summer leadership camp which takes place at Summit Park, on the campus of Summit Pacific College in Abbotsford.
Service and Outreach
See how STA students live out their Christian faith by getting involved in many social justice activities.
Good Shepherd Ministry
Every Halloween STA students, in collaboration with the North Shore Catholic Elementary Schools, collect and bag over 10,000 pieces of candy for distribution through Good Shepherd Street Ministries.
Since 2004 the STA Campus Ministry department has sponsored a biannual social justice immersion trip. Students have traveled to Mexico, The Bronx, and most recently to the Philippines. Jesus calls us to love others as ourselves; the hope with these immersion experiences is that our students can see how blessed their own lives are and, through encounter, touch their hearts, moving them to action. The Philippines is a great fit for our school, it is a very strong Catholic country and so our students get a chance to see the Church alive and active in a multitude of ways. Because it is English speaking our students are able to dialogue with the young people they encounter. They visit many of the programs run by the Salesians, including a feeding center for malnourished infants, several schools, a physiotherapy clinic, a recreation center in the slums of Cebu, and a teen vocational training center. Our next trip will be to the Philippines during Spring Break of 2021.
Door is Open
On the first Sunday of every month, STA is responsible for providing the meal at the Door Is Open. We make chili and then serve it to those living on the downtown eastside. We serve about 400 people each time. All students, and their families, are invited to participate. We meet at the school at 9am. The following are the 2019-2020 dates: October 6th, November 3rd, December 1st, January 12th, February 2nd, March 1st, April 5th, May 3rd, and June 7th. The $2 donation that students make on Spirit days goes to buy the food we use to make the chili.