Guided by the Sacred Heart Goal of fostering “an active faith in God,” Woodlands Academy encourages students both to reflect individually and to contribute their time and many talents to our community’s liturgies, prayer services, and student retreats.
Woodlands Campus Ministry Team is composed of students from all grade levels and many faith traditions. Team members meet weekly to envision, write, and implement diverse liturgical celebrations for the school community. Students serve as leaders of prayer, readers, speakers, artists, dancers, musicians and Eucharistic Ministers. Great care is taken to make all celebrations creative, meaningful and memorable experiences for the Woodlands Community.
KAIROS (“The Lord’s Time) is an intense four-day retreat and all members of the senior class are encouraged to attend. A team of eight seniors and a group of adult leaders work together for months to prepare this event, which takes place at an off campus retreat facility. Eight juniors also attend as leaders-in-training for the coming year. This often transformative, nation-wide retreat program emphasizes the importance of finding God in the kind deeds of family members and friends and in the experiences that fill everyday life.
At the end of the first week in November, Woodlands closes for a day (two days for seniors) and all students enjoy class retreats at Woodlands or at off-campus sites. Conducted by capable facilitators, Student committees from each grade level plan the retreats under the guidance of the Campus Minister. Capable facilitators direct the retreats, and student committee members assist as small group leaders. Class retreats are quite popular. They help students explore and deepen their personal spirituality, and at the same time enhance each class’ growing sense of community.