Grow Your Faith Through Many Events and Activities
Under the direction of Campus Ministry, FGR provides many opportunities for students to strengthen their faith. Each grade has a class retreat, there are faith based clubs to get involved in, and a mission trip to Mexico! Additionally, we have daily morning mass, weekly mass as a school, opportunities for confessions, school Rosaries, as well as weekly Adoration.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all retreats for the 2020 – 2021 school year are day-long retreats, held at the school. The Kairos Retreat for the Class of 2022 has been moved to next school year.
The underclassmen retreats are held off campus at a local parish center. The retreats run from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Students are allowed to dress down on their retreat day. On the retreat, students are broken into small groups of 6-8 students and are led by Kairos Leaders/student campus ministers. Lunch is provided.
- Freshmen Retreat
“But God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…” (Romans 5:8)
THEME: The underlying Freshmen retreat theme is “High School is a fresh start in my adventure/story with Christ” and is supported on the passage from Romans. What keeps you from believing in God’s Mercy? How do you show God’s Mercy to others in order to bring them into a relationship with Christ?
AGENDA: Each small group will have a Mercy scripture passage given to them to reflect on and discuss throughout the day. Part of the retreat will be spent in Men’s and Women’s sessions, allowing for students to be taken deeper in their relationship with Christ and with each other. Confession, Adoration and the Mass will also take place. Freshmen will hear talks, testimonies and have the chance to share about faith. Times of praise & worship, personal prayer and fellowship will be provided.
- Sophomore Retreat
“Come Follow Me” (Matt. 4:19)
THEME: The underlying theme is “Remembering the Mercies of God and hearing Him calling my name”. Where have I lost the way in my walk with Christ? What is He asking of me? How do I live the call God has given me to be a disciple of Christ? God calls each one of us in a different way. This retreat will give our students an opportunity for an intense encounter with the Risen Lord through Mass and the Sacraments, through prayer and music, through personal testimonies, and faith sharing.
AGENDA: Each small group will have an Apostle from scripture given to them to reflect on and discuss throughout the day. Part of the retreat will be spent in Men’s and Women’s sessions, allowing for students to be taken deeper in their relationship with Christ and with each other. Confession, Adoration and the Mass will also take place. Sophomores will hear talks, testimonies and have the chance to share about faith. Times of praise & worship, personal prayer and fellowship will be provided.
- Junior Retreat (Kairos)
THEME: The Junior Class retreat theme is “God’s Time”. How do you live and realize God’s Kingdom among us now? The retreat focuses on how we can build the kingdom through our actions – living out the Spiritual and Corporal Acts of Mercy. How can we emulate Christ and continue to build the kingdom, as He once did while He walked the earth? This retreat is an important part of Junior Year as students focus on their class unity and continue to recognize how important our faith community is. They “retreat” in hopes of growing in their relationship with Christ while getting to know some of their classmates on a more personal level.
AGENDA: Part of the retreat will be spent in Men’s and Women’s sessions, allowing for students to be taken deeper in their relationship with Christ and with each other. Confession, Adoration and the Mass will also take place. Juniors will hear talks, testimonies and have the chance to share about faith. Times of praise & worship, personal prayer and fellowship will be provided.
INFORMATION: The Junior Retreat is held off campus at three separate retreat centers. This is a 3 night retreat, 4 day retreat. Meals are provided.
- Senior Retreat
THEME: The Senior Class retreat theme is “Veni Sancte Spiritus” (Come Holy Spirit). As the culminating retreat of the High School experience, students focus on how the Holy Spirit has been working in their lives and will continue to as they go forth from FGR. Students are challenged to look back on their faith journey, and are called to embrace and learn from the past as well as let it go so that the Holy Spirit may freely move. Now as a senior, students take time to recognize God’s ever-abiding presence in their life.
INFORMATION: The Class Retreat is held off campus at a retreat center. This is a 2-day retreat. Meals are provided.
Campus Ministry Clubs
FGR Pro-Life Club (Ms. Brown) Mission: To take up the cause of the unborn and to work and pray for the sanctity of all human life.
Men’s Prayer Group (Mr. Mackey) Mission: Pray together as men, and to talk about how things are going, especially in our walk with Jesus. We are committed to each doing 10 minutes of personal prayer every day and to doing at LEAST one act of charity or kindness at home (for our family especially). We also have snacks!
FGR Women’s Group (Sr. Elizabeth Ann) Mission: To come together as women to discuss our faith. We pray together and for each other. It’s a great time to grow through fellowship and sharing (snacks included)!
SportsLeader Mission: This club is dedicated to seeing the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches through a virtue-based formation program. SportsLeader focuses on four pillars: Virtue, Mentoring, Ceremony and Catholic Identity. Its aim is to provide a consistent structure and systematic instruction for youth to learn about the virtues so that they can form the habits and dispositions necessary to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. Our Motto is “Virture=Strength”. Meetings will be held during the lunch periods. See Mr. Redmond if you have questions.
Mexico Mission Trip
Father Gabriel Richard High School is offers a spring break mission trip for FGR seniors who have completed at least 3 years of Spanish. Juniors may also apply but seniors who qualify will have priority. Renewal Ministries, a Catholic organization dedicated to mission work around the globe (www.renewalministries.net), will coordinate onsite logistics in Mexico and prepare the students for their mission experience. They will provide for the physical needs of the students (lodging, food, transportation, etc.), arrange the service projects to be done in cooperation with the local volunteers and parish community in Mexico City, and lead the group throughout the week.
Students will spend three days serving in the Neza Garbage Dump on the northern outskirts of Mexico City; they will visit a government-run home for elderly men and an orphanage for disabled children. There will also be some cultural activities, such as visiting the Shrine of Guadalupe, the Pyramids, and the market place. To learn more about the mission trip you can watch a video from our most recent trip in 2019 at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4BWXIs_HJ8&t=29s
Due to the rigorous nature of the trip students are selected based on an application, a recommendation, academic and behavioral history, and a possible interview. During the course of the year students will participate in a mandatory monthly meeting to prepare for the trip and help organize fundraising efforts in the FGR community. Applications for a mission trip are due in September each year.