Retreats and Service
Liturgical Services and Prayer
At Sacred Heart Academy, we begin each school day with prayer delivered by the Agape Club President. We gather regularly during the year for Mass, such as on Holy days, to mark the beginning and ending of the school year, and the Feast of St. Angela Merici. Prayer services are held to celebrate important times in the Catholic Church such as Lent and Advent. These services are planned by the Campus Minister as well as the student Agape Club. Parents are always welcome to attend Masses and prayer services.
Freshman year, a parent Mass and matriculation ceremony is held the first month of school. There is a Sophomore Grandparent Mass and Senior Mother/Daughter Mass and Brunch. Seniors also celebrate a Baccalaureate Mass with their families during graduation weekend.
Strengthening Core Values
Sacred Heart Academy’s commitment to Catholic, Christian values reaches far beyond the classroom. We help Valkyries grow into strong women of great faith! The Ursuline Core Values of Community, Reverence, Service, and Leadership are lived out daily by the faculty staff, and students. SHA welcomes students of all faiths, with currently 20% of the student body coming from other faith backgrounds.
SHA’s four-year retreat program provides opportunities to bond with others and grow student commitment to community, reverence, service, and leadership. The underclassmen retreat program is mandatory due to the intricate relationship between theology classes, the core values of Angela Merici in our community, and living out the actions through a formation of faith, prayer and reflection.
Retreat Program Mission Statement – To experience moments with the divine that will spark a desire to deepen one’s faith formation based on the core values of St. Angela Merici.
Vision Statement – Each student will live their faith life through practice, cultivation, and a hunger to continue the process of developing a deeper faith, with new tools of creativity, mindfulness, reflection, understanding, space, and relationship to self, others, creation, and the divine.
The underclassmen retreat program is mandatory due to the intricate relationship between our theology classes, the core values of Angela Merici in our community, and living out the actions through a formation of faith, prayer, and reflection. Due to the commitment of time, Senior retreat is optional and said to be one of the best experiences of a Sacred Heart student.
This retreat is centered around the Freshman core value of Community. Sacred Heart Schools is a community rooted in the Ursuline ministry and tradition. The retreatants will experience our community through creative activities, meditation/prayer, and education about the foundress of the Ursulines, Angela Merici. They will have the opportunity to pray, laugh, meditate, and get to know one another and our community better.
The focus of this retreat is the Sophomore core value of Reverence. The retreatants will travel to Country Lake Christian Retreat Center in Southern Indiana by bus. They will experience team building, creative prayers, meditation, nature walks, talks, and activities helping them to understand and live out the importance of reverence towards self, others, creation, and God. The students are led in small groups by our 'Hearts for the Holy Spirit' student retreat leaders and accompanied by the retreat coordinator and one faculty member.
This retreat is based on the Junior core value of Service. It gives the students the opportunity to see first-hand social justice in action in our city. The retreatants will stay at CrossRoads Ministry, at St. William’s Church. The experience promotes awareness of poverty, homelessness, addiction, racism, refugees and immigration, and other social justice issues in our community. Students will travel by foot and a reserved school bus to several different service agencies as a pilgrimage.
Senior retreat is optional, and spaces fill up quickly. It is based on the “Christian Awakening Retreat Program” that most Catholic High Schools implement. It is an experience that unites and blends all the core values; community, reverence, service, and leadership. The retreatants will experience themes of knowing self, knowing God, responding to God’s call, and living out the experience in the world. It is filled with activities, meditations, reflections, talks, sacraments, liturgies, and support from their peers, teachers, and alums who help to lead the retreatants. It can be a life-changing experience. This is a 4 day; 3-night retreat off-campus at The Milford Jesuit Spirituality Center in Milford, OH.
“Do something, get moving, be confident, risk new things, stick with it, praise God and celebrate all of life in prayer, then be ready for big surprises!”
As part of our mission and core values, Sacred Heart students are called to serve others. Students provide more than 25,000 hours of service to the Louisville community each year through unique ministry opportunities on the Ursuline Campus and through local agencies. Freshmen and sophomores are required to do 20 hours of service, juniors and seniors are required to do 25 hours of service. All service is performed outside of the school day.
Students focus on the corporal works of mercy at outreach agencies that reflect Christian values as is described in Matthew 25:35-41. The school provides contact information for several local agencies and holds a service fair early in the fall semester.
Contact the Service Coordinator Jane Cruthirds at [email protected] for more information.