Liturgy and Worship

Peer Ministry

Campus Ministry operates with a “peer-ministry” model, which means students help lead and plan what we do. Student Ownership increases their interest and investment, while at the same time it helps to truly make this ministry their own. Our faculty Campus Ministry team and the student Core Team organize events. The Core Team is comprised of Juniors and Seniors who meet each day in CM for homeroom. We minister to their peers through their work, example, and by trying to be present to all of our brothers. The Campus Ministry Center is all day, as well as before and after school for any interested Spartans.

The main goals of Campus Ministry are to create an environment that fosters spiritual growth and encourages all Spartans to belong to an ever increasing faith-filled community. Student ministry and discipleship in Liturgy, retreats, and prayer are ways we try to accomplish this goal. We hope to build bridges throughout the school between different groups and clubs. We are a Jesuit school and our faith is a very important part of who we are. Campus Ministry is a place where we try to live out our faith in such a way that it encourages others to feel strongly about their faith.

Students write prayers we use to begin and end each day, work with priests to plan Masses, meet with a broad group of singers and musicians for Liturgical music, and can serve as Eucharistic Ministers. Student who are interested can offer reflections on Sunday’s Gospel during weekly Adoration (ferverino), lead weekly prayer groups, and plan activities with Campus Ministry groups from other schools and parish youth groups. Another way to get involved with Campus Ministry is to follow us on Twitter and Instagram, friend us on Facebook, and become part of our email groups.

If you are interested in being involved in Mass planning, serving, or helping with music, please contact Mr. Wilmes twilmes@desmet.org.

Mass Schedule

Daily Mass is celebrated in our Chapel at 7:20am. All are welcome to attend.

Large Liturgies for 2016-2017 School Year:

  • Friday, August 26 - Mass of the Holy Spirit
  • Saturday, October 22 - Family Mass & BBQ
  • Monday, Sept 12 - Junior Missioning Mass
  • Tuesday, November 1 - All Saints Mass
  • Tuesday, November 22 - Thanksgiving Mass
  • Thursday, December 8 - Immaculate Conception
  • Monday, January 30 - Fr. De Smet's Birthday
  • Wednesday, March 1 - Ash Wednesday Mass
  • Sunday, February 21 Family Mass and Pancake Breakfast
  • Friday, April 21 - Junior Ring Mass
  • Friday, May 12 - Baccalaureate Mass

Adoration & Confession on Fridays in our Chapel, check school planner.

Prayer Groups

Several prayer groups are offered at De Smet Jesuit. Some meet weekly, while other are for a more defined period of time like Advent & Lent. Please see descriptions below or go to the Campus Ministry Center for more information.

CLC (Christian Life Community)

CLC is a group that meets weekly for prayer and reflection. We ask members to spend at least 5 minutes in prayer each day. Often we read the same book of reflections or use the daily Gospel reading. When we meet, we talk about what our prayer life has been during the week, we offer our experiences of God within the last few days, and we share our prayers and intentions together. CLC is part of a larger Jesuit tradition of prayer groups. Many Jesuit Universities & High Schools have Christian Life Communities and we base our prayers and reflections upon St Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises. CLC works best when members make an effort to attend meeting regularly and are committed to incorporating prayer into our daily lives.

“CLC spirituality is deeply rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. General Congregation 35 (2008) of the Society of Jesus articulated the charism of the Jesuits as “a fire that kindles other fires,” and a “united apostolic body seeking what is best for the service of God in the church and for the world.” Through Ignatian spirituality, members of Christian Life Communities share in this gift and spirit… The “hearth” of CLC where faith is nurtured, hope is anchored and love pervades so that the Gospel mission can be more fully manifested in daily life in the current culture and situation in which we live. CLC envisions itself as a “missioned,” discerning community.”

DIP (De Smet in Prayer)

De Smet in Prayer, commonly referred to as DIP, is a student prayer group that meets weekly to discuss, reflect, and pray together. DIP started in 2010 and is unique because it is entirely student led and organized. Students pick topics each week to discuss. Meetings last about 30 minutes and are before school. Breakfast is provided at each meeting. The prayer we use to start and end each meeting is the “Fellowship of the Unashamed.” DIP is one way we try to live our faith together as brothers, drawing support, encouragement, and insight from one another. Any Spartans are welcome to attend any time that it fits with their schedules. Come by the Campus Ministry Center for more information.