At Regina High School, all students are required to participate in retreats as part of the Religious Studies program. The retreat program is developed and implemented by the Campus Minister in conjunction with the curriculum of the Religious Studies department.
The focus is on establishing new friendships, developing a sense of self-worth, learning to appreciate the gifts and talents that God has given to each person, and realizing that you are a unique individual and a marvelous creation of God in this great universe. There is time for prayer and reflection, thanksgiving, meeting new classmates, sharing thoughts and feelings, and playful, creative activities that are both fun and meaningful. A special video production is made which is used on the senior retreat. The Freshman Retreat helps us begin the school year and the Regina experience on a positive spiritual foundation. This retreat is held on campus. The “Called to Protect” program developed by the Archdiocese of Detroit is held during the morning session on retreat day.
The focus of the off-campus Sophomore Retreat centers around prayer, faith growth, personal growth, and the continued development of Christian values and morals associated with the character development of young women. Moral issues are discussed and prayed about. The use of paper cut-out figures, puzzle pieces, and other symbols are used to develop an awareness of self-growth and personal values. Continued prayer time, Christian service outreach, and expanded friendships are encouraged on this retreat day.
The Junior Retreat is formulated and designed to allow students to experience Christian Outreach with a hands-on approach in this ministry. The students learn, study, pray, and interact with Christian lay ministers in their dealings with the poor, homeless, elderly, sick, hungry, and oppressed. Based on their personal gifts and interests, students sign up to serve meals in a soup kitchen, teach young students, adopt a senior citizen for a day, or cook meals and sort clothes for the needy. One retreat opportunity even allows students to learn about our Christian responsibility in caring for our planet and all God’s creatures. Junior retreat options include soup kitchens, Montessori schools, senior citizen facilities, and the Detroit Zoological Society. The Junior Retreat experience incorporates prayer, faith in action, and our call to service as Christians.
Seniors have two retreat options: an overnight retreat held at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center or a one-day retreat conducted at a local parish facility. The Senior Retreat is a time of shared prayer, giving thanks, to God, and asking God for blessings upon their future journey. Goals are discussed and memories are shared. We look back and give thanks for growth and change, as well as sharing hopes and dreams for the future. We look at how we’ve changed through a look back at the special videotape made during the Freshman Retreat. Activities include writing a carefully thought out senior letter about goals, making clay symbols representing how God has shaped our lives, participating in a special class liturgy, and spending some valuable hours sharing with one another and with guest youth ministers. It is a memorable and faith-filled experience.
In 2021, we plan to have our first KAIROS retreat opportunity for our senior students. Kairos is a retreat journey of the heart, mind, and soul. Students can expect to experience small group discussions, large group prayer sessions, witness talks, personal time, and group reflections. This retreat has the ability to impact our students in such a positive way by helping them grow closer to their classmates, closer to themselves, and closer to God.
WORSHIP AND PRAYER
At Regina, we base our philosophy on the person of Jesus Christ and the good news of salvation. We recognize the role of parents as the primary educators of their children and view our efforts as complementary. The development of the whole person is valued and promoted.
The Chapel is always accessible. Morning prayer, led by the Student Council President, becomes a source of grace and strength to carry on the work of the day. The Campus Minister plans and coordinates religious services and provides opportunities for additional spiritual and personal help. Liturgies are celebrated by a Class or by the entire student body to mark and celebrate special occasions and on Holy Days of Obligation. All are welcome to approach the table at Communion, in lieu of the Eucharist, non-Catholic students and guests are encouraged to receive a blessing so that we as a community may share in our call to be a community. We also offer low gluten Altar bread for members of our community who require it. The reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered to the students during the year.
Under the direction and guidance of the Campus Minister, upperclassmen may become Peer Ministers and assist on retreats and other spiritual functions of the Campus Ministry program. Seniors, after a full day training session, become Archdiocesan delegated Eucharistic Ministers and serve the Regina Community.
The extra-curricular offerings at Regina High School are numerous and diversified for students to explore hidden talents and interests and develop existing abilities that may not be fostered to the fullest in the academic curriculum alone. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one extra-curricular offering. Activities are evaluated yearly and are added or dropped from the program as the interest and participation of the students indicate.
- Food, clothing, toy, pop can, and blood drives
- Thanksgiving food drive and prayer service
- Reception of the Sacrament of reconciliation
- Student Eucharistic and Peer Ministers
- Prayer before team sports
- School Chapel open to all students
The gift of conscience and its maturing process helps people become sensitive to God's purpose for life. We believe that the followers of Jesus Christ have the ability to change themselves and their world for the better. The Bible and Church traditions are two channels that can richly nourish the spiritual lives of the school community. This opportunity for growth is received mainly through prayer, study, reflection, worship, service, and good example.