Student Days of Recollection
Lasallian Ministry organizes an annual Day of Recollection for each grade level. Each Day of Recollection is designed to address the spiritual and emotional concerns particular to the distinctive age group. Attendance at Days of Recollection is mandatory.
As the newest members of the Central brotherhood, this day introduces each student to what it means to live as a Lasallian student at Central Catholic. Topics include:
- An introduction to Saint John Baptist de La Salle, his charism and our connectedness to other Lasallian ministries around the world.
- The Central Mystique – becoming Men of Faith, Scholarship, and Service.
- Building Brotherhood and Goal Setting.
The day includes keynote addresses, small group activities, mass, and time for private reflection.
In addition to the Freshman Day of Recollection freshman students are also required to participate in one school service project by the end of the third quarter of their first year.
Given increasing levels of independence, the theme for sophomore year is quality decision making with an emphasis on positive decisions regarding drugs and alcohol. Each sophomore is required to attend a Jail Reality Tour at the Allegheny County Jail. The aim of the tour is drug and alcohol education and prevention. These jail tours are scheduled by homeroom throughout the year.
In April, the class as a whole participates in a keynote address and small group sessions facilitated by men in recovery. The spirituality of leading a clean life by being a man of faith will also be a part of this day. The Lasallian Ministry Team will encourage the participation of parents with this endeavor where appropriate through the guidance department of the school.
As they prepare to take on greater leadership responsibilities during their senior year, the goal for the Junior Days of Recollection is for each student to realize his own call to servant leadership, both at Central and in the wider community.
In-depth reflections on what it means to follow Jesus and follow him as a servant leader form the bulk of the day. Students are given a keynote address on the topic of the “Universal Call to Holiness."Students are also given talks on the various vocations which God could be calling them to.
As seniors begin to think about their life after Central, the Senior Day of Recollection focuses on preparing students to make a good transition. Students are given an opportunity to reflect on their Central experience within the context of the Brotherhood and how they can bring the Lasallian values they’ve lived at Central into the next phase of their lives.
In addition, to the day of recollection seniors will also be given the option to participate on Kairos retreat. Applications for Kairos can be found in the Lasallian Ministry Office. Kairos Retreat dates for the 2018-2019 school year are still being determined.