Campus Ministry NEws
Immaculata's Campus Ministry Department is a vibrant community of staff, faculty, and students. We are constantly seeking new opportunities to grow our long-established presence. Whether new outreach opportunities or fundraisers, we are always announcing upcoming events and news pertaining to our students recent successes.
2016 COMMUNITY OUTREACH AWARDS
Most Faithful Servant Honor for leading in serving the most events, 52 out of 159 events offered, goes to Senior Darah Waskin. Darah was inducted into the Service Hall of Fame earlier this year for serving 1000 hours in 4 years.
The Most Volunteer Hours this year were served by sophomore James Cavanagh: 533!
Garage Sale Dedication: 229 students collectively volunteered 2,392 hours to the Garage Sale this year. Freshman Katie Gorman led this generous large group with 64 total hours, supporting all 6 major events: Clean up, flyers distribution, and the 4 famous consecutive days.
The Gentle Spirit Award for most hours volunteering with people of special needs goes to freshman Deonna Powell.
The Mother Teresa “Do Small Things with Great Love” award goes to sophomore sisters Megan and Sarah Adam for leading the entire school in hours dedicated to feeding Christ’s most poor & vulnerable primarily through the SaladworX & Mobile Soup Kitchen programs.
Diocesan SERVICE awards
Class of 2016 students Genevieve Wietecha, Michael Diana, Ashley Dalessio and Fiona Bawagan (left to right) were recipients of the Diocese of Metuchen's annual St. Timothy Award. Kristen Cummins '16 (second from left) was awarded the Mother Teresa Award. These awards are given to students from our diocese for actively serving as leaders in their parish/school while setting a positive example for their peers by living Gospel values through spirituality, prayer and service to others.
National Service Awards
Immaculata's Campus Ministry program was once again honored by The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC with its Charity and Social Service Honor. This award is given to the youth of our nation who answer Pope Benedict XVI's call for "charity in action." Immaculata is the only high school to have been blessed twice with this honor—once in 2010 and again in 2014. We are very proud of our efforts to live the Gospel through "outstanding works of corporal and spiritual mercy."
It is the hope of Campus Ministry that all of our students can participate in activities and not be prevented from doing so by finances. To that end, an annual major fundraiser is held in May, the Garage Sale. Items are donated by the community and the sale is staffed by our students and parents. Proceeds from previous years' Garage Sales were used to purchase a new van for Campus Ministry.