Campus Ministry

Our Mission Statement

Saint Vincent de Paul High School’s Campus Ministry Department strives to foster the spiritual lives of our students. Spirituality is integral to the development of the whole person who embraces compassion and acts with a sensitivity to the struggles of our brothers and sisters. We accept students of all religious denominations in an attempt to highlight the significance of a life lived through faith. Most importantly, Campus Ministry will provide students an opportunity to develop authentic Catholic Values: Faith, Hope, and Love.

Whom do we serve?

All members of the Saint Vincent de Paul High School community.  These members include students, faculty and staff members who coexist and constantly interact on our campus.  As a community, we are all part of the body of Christ and it is important that we operate with inclusivity and acceptance.

How do we serve?

Campus Ministry serves the Saint Vincent de Paul High community in the following ways:

  • Provide a Campus Ministry Club which meets weekly at lunch
  • Organize school-wide masses and prayer services
  • Lead grade level retreats rooted in the development of a students’ heart, mind and soul.

St. Vincent de Paul High School 2019-20 Retreat Schedule

*All students are expected to attend their grade’s annual retreat.
**Students & parents sign permission/medical/conduct forms to attend retreats.
***SVdP Upperclassmen who wish to serve on a retreat team should contact Mr. O’Smith (x133, mosmith@svhs-pet.org) in the Campus Ministry Office.

Freshman Day Retreat
Friday, September 6th, 8:15am-2:50pm
@ St. Vincent de Paul Parish
35 Liberty St. Petaluma CA 94952
*Students go directly to the parish hall in the morning and finish there at the end of the school day (provide your own transportation to and from).

Sophomore Day Retreat
Friday, January 10, 8:15am-2:50pm
@ St. James Parish
125 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma, CA 94954
*Students go directly to the parish hall in the morning and finish there at the end of the school day .(provide your own transportation to and from).

Junior Overnight Retreat
Wednesday, February 12, 8:15am – Thursday, February 13, 2:50pm
@ The Bishop’s Ranch
5297 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Bus leaves SVHS at 8:15am on Wednesday, and returns to SVHS at 2:50pm on Thursday

Senior Double Overnight Retreat
Wednesday, March 25 8:15am – Friday, March 27, 2:50pm
@ Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds
6250 Bohemian Highway
Occidental, CA 95465
Bus leaves SVHS at 8:15am on Wednesday and returns to SVHS at 2:50pm on Friday

August 10th, New Student Mass at 11am at the Campus Quad (followed by BBQ).

Wednesday, August 28, Back to School Mass, 11am at the Church.

Monday, September 30, St. Vincent de Paul Feast Mass, 11am at the Church.

Friday, October 11, October Mass, 11am at the Church.

Friday, November 1, All Saints Mass, 11am at the Church.

Tuesday, November 26, Thanksgiving Mass, 11am at the Church.

Wed. Dec. 4th & Thur., Dec. 5th: Advent Confessions, at SVHS.

Tuesday, December 10, Advent Mass, with Junior Ring and Pinning Ceremony. 11am at the Church.

Monday, January 6, Epiphany Mass, 11am at the Church

Friday, January 31, Catholic Schools Week Mass, 11am at the Church.

Friday, February 14, Mass, 11am at the Church

Ash Wednesday February 26, Liturgy of Word & Ashes, 10:30am at the Church.

Tuesday, March 17th, Mass, Feast of St. Patrick, 11am at the Church.

Lenten Confessions, TBA

Thursday, April 9th, Holy Thursday Prayer Service, 11:10am at SVHS.

Thursday, May 21, Baccalaureate Mass & Dinner, 5pm at the Church.

Your Path of Faith

Interested in Becoming Catholic?

Are You Catholic but want to complete your Sacraments of Initiation by receiving First Communion and/or Confirmation?

In coordination with our school president and parish pastor, Fr. Donahue, we invite sophomores and older who are interested in journeying towards becoming Catholic or who seek to complete their Sacraments of Initiation.

Campus Ministry offers a path of faith formation to accompany and disciple such students.

Preparation would meet in the Campus Ministry Office either during lunch or after school to join in video and in-person instruction, dialogue, and prayer.

The Sacraments would celebrated either at the SVdp at Easter Vigil (for those not yet Catholic), or the late Spring Confirmation Mass with the Bishop.

For more information, contact Mr. O’Smith at:
mosmith@stvs-pet.org, x133