Welcome! Campus Ministry seeks to complement the religious education our students receive through their religion courses during their four years at Cardinal Newman. Through Campus Ministry, students have the opportunity to grow in faith through retreats, devotions such as Eucharistic Adoration, Stations of the Cross and the Rosary, and other prayer/devotional experiences. Students are also invited to discover their unique gifts and talents by serving in various ways in our liturgical ministries, and as leaders on school retreats.

The Campus Ministry Office/School Chapel is located temporarily in the Portable near the student parking lot.

Daily Prayer in Chapel

Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion is celebrated at 7:10 a.m. in the Chapel. Please check the weekly calendar for the schedule. All are welcome to join us as your schedule allows.

The Chapel may be visited at any time that the building is open. Please stop by at any time for quiet prayer and reflection.

Class Retreats

A Class Retreat is held for each class during the school year.

Parents receive service hour credit for donating food and serving food at the retreats. ($10.00 = 1 service hour).

Parents interested in helping with the food for these dates are asked to contact the Home & School Class V.P. for your child’s class, or Mary Martens, Director of Development at mary.martens@cardinalnewman.com.

Emmaus Retreat

“Emmaus” is centered on the Gospel story about two of Jesus’ disciples who come to recognize the Lord’s presence in their lives while traveling on the road to the town of Emmaus.

The retreat gives students a chance to reflect on who they are becoming as a person, their relationships with others, and what part God plays in their life. Emmaus is a time of prayer, reflection, conversation, sharing, and relaxation among those in attendance.

Juniors and Seniors are invited to attend the Emmaus Retreat. Sophomores may also attend Emmaus with the permission of Campus Ministry. Emmaus #77 will be held on Monday, February 26 through Wednesday, February 28, 2024.

Students who have already made an Emmaus and would like to lead this year’s Retreat, please see Mrs. Lower as soon as possible or email karen.lower@cardinalnewman.com.

Community Service

Cardinal Newman High School has as its purpose the holistic education of each student in light of the Gospel values taught by Jesus Christ. Service to others and personal sacrifice were very important to Jesus and therefore, are an integral part of preparing our students for becoming positive role models in the community. This Community Service program is designed to enrich the lives of our students and the communities in which they live. Through successful completion of the program, the student not only helps others but also gains invaluable experience through working with a wide variety of non-profit organizations and in-school activities. Some students even return to work for the organization at which they volunteered. In addition, such service gives our students the necessary documented service which colleges expect from scholarship applicants.

Please be aware that failure to complete a minimum of 75 to 100 service hours by senior year may jeopardize your eligibility for the Florida Bright Future Scholarship.

All community service is logged through the Mobile Serve App or at https://www.mobileserve.com/. All students should have an account with their school email as their username. If you have any questions please email Mrs. Karen Lower at karen.lower@cardinalnewman.com.

Reconciliation / Spiritual Counseling

Students wishing to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation at other times may sign up in the Campus Ministry office. You will be scheduled during your Religion class when a priest will be available on campus.

Students or parents wishing to see a priest for spiritual direction or counseling may schedule an appointment through Mrs. Lower in the Campus Ministry Office, or by emailing karen.lower@cardinalnewman.com.

Extraordinary Ministers

Any active Catholic student who has received the sacrament of Confirmation is invited to consider serving the Newman community as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Training will be provided at the annual Liturgical Ministries retreat.

Bishop Barbarito will install New Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at the Catholic Schools Week Mass. Lectors will also be recognized at this Mass. All are invited to attend.

Please see Karen Lower in Campus Ministry for information.

Altar Servers

Any student who has served or currently serves as an Altar Server at his/her parish is welcome to serve at our All-School Masses. All students serving as altar servers or those interested in this ministry at Cardinal Newman are invited to attend our annual Liturgical Ministries Retreat.

Please email Mr. Joseph Zarcone – (joseph.zarcone@cardinalnewman.com) or Mrs. Karen Lower (karen.lower@cardinalnewman.com) if you are interested in serving All-School Masses or for more information.

Mass Ensemble

Mass Ensemble provides music for all school liturgies.

All instruments and vocalists welcome!

You do not have to be in Band or Chorus to participate.

Listen for P.A. Announcements and check for email announcements for Mass Ensemble practice times.

Earn community service for participation.

All students involved in the Mass Ensemble are invited to attend our annual Liturgical Ministries Training Retreat. The basics of liturgical ministry are reviewed, with break-out sessions for each specific ministry group (extraordinary ministers, lectors, altar servers, cantors, vocalists, musicians).

Please email Roberta Rehner for more information about Mass Ensemble.

Parent Volunteer Opportunities

Parents are welcome to volunteer your support of Campus Ministry activities for credit towards the school’s service requirements for parents. For all donations (goods or monetary donations), $10 = 1 service hour. When leaving items in the Central Office, please be sure your name is clearly marked. Please contact Mary Martens, Ext. 1051 to volunteer for the Days of Reflection; please contact Karen Lower in Campus Ministry for all other donations. Help is needed with the following:

  • 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade Retreats: Donate continental breakfast items and drinks; Help set up and serve breakfast at the beginning of the retreat.
    Senior Retreat: Donate breakfast items and drinks, and/or desserts and drinks for lunch; Help set up and serve breakfast (Cardinal Newman cafeteria) and/or lunch (St. Edward’s parish hall).
  • Emmaus Retreat: Donations of snacks, bottled water, or monetary donations towards the purchase of retreat supplies may be left in the Central Office marked “Emmaus.”
  • Liturgical Ministries Retreat: (See Emmaus above)
  • May Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Donations to help defray the cost of roses to adorn the statue of the Blessed Mother, as well as help decorating the altar and sanctuary area, are greatly appreciated.
  • Light Sewing: Help is needed in sewing simple hems on our Class banners and past Emmaus banners.
  • School Chapel: Monetary donations towards the cost of providing flowers periodically in the School Chapel (Open House weekend, October and May for the Blessed Mother, Advent wreath, Easter) are greatly appreciated. If you would like to arrange to bring flowers or have them delivered, please contact Mr. Reep, Campus Minister.