Campus Ministry of Bethlehem Catholic High School seeks to offer experiences and opportunities that foster growth towards enabling students to live their faith, serve with compassion and embody integrity through retreats, service formation, liturgical celebrations, ministries and activities.
With the dedicated witness of the faculty, staff, and administration, students are challenged and mentored to deepen their relationship with our Lord as well as each other.
Through Him, with Him, and in Him, we live and we serve.
Father Kevin Bobbin
Chaplain, Bethlehem Catholic High School
610-866-0791 x 332
Office: Room 230
I was ordained in 2005 after attending St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. In addition to a Master of Divinity, I hold a Master of Arts in Theology with a concentration in Sacred Scripture. I have has been an assistant pastor at St. Anne and Holy Infancy Churches in Bethlehem, St. Ambrose in Schuylkill Haven, and St. Ignatius Loyola in Reading before coming to Bethlehem Catholic as chaplain in 2016. While serving as high school chaplain, I am also chaplain for the Newman Center at Lafayette College, where I reside.
A youth retreat is a time when young people withdraw from their normal activities. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, this time apart provides youth with an opportunity to encounter Jesus, reflect upon the movement of God in their lives, and formulate their personal response to the call of discipleship received in baptism.
At Bethlehem Catholic High School we have a strong tradition of retreats. We offer the Freshman Overnight, The Sophomore Overnight and the Encounter Weekend Retreats.
The Freshman Overnight retreat is based on the first pillar of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Faith. In this retreat students will prayerfully consider the prayer our Lord gave us: the “”Our Father””. Through prayer, activities and and community students will have the opportunity to deepen their faith in Jesus and deepen their friendship with each other.
The Freshman Overnight Retreat is open to all Freshman at Bethlehem Catholic High School. The retreat is held at Monocacy Manor in Bethlehem. The Freshman Overnight Retreat will be held on October 13-14, 2016.
The Sophomore Overnight retreat is based on the second pillar of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Sacraments. This retreat will provide students with the opportunity to further their relationship with our Lord Jesus, by understanding and experiencing His Sacramental Presence in their lives. Just as Jesus’ Sacramental Presence is alive and at work constantly in our lives, this retreat is a lively and active encounter with our Lord.
The Sophomore Overnight Retreat is open to all Sophomores at Bethlehem Catholic High School. The retreat is held at Monocacy Manor in Bethlehem. The Sophomore Overnight Night Retreat will be held on February 23-25, 2017.
The Junior/Senior Encounter Retreat, is based upon the two pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Life in Christ and Prayer. The Encounter Retreat seeks to provide students with the opportunity to deepen their faith in Jesus through Prayer and then challenge them to witness this relationship in their lives. The Encounter Retreat builds upon the reality that only through our relationship and friendship with Christ, can we have true relationships and friendships with others.
Bethlehem Catholic High School has a very strong tradition of the Encounter Retreat, with dedicated Alumni returning to assist in facilitating and witnessing their lives in Christ and Prayer.
The Encounter Retreat is open to all Juniors and Seniors at Bethlehem Catholic High School. The retreat is held at Monocacy Manor in Bethlehem.
The Fall Encounter Retreat will be held on November 18-20, 2016.
The Spring Encounter Retreat will be held on February 10-12, 2017.
“…the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28
Reflecting on the above passage from Sacred Scripture, our Lord gives us an example of how we are to live our lives. We are to live in a way that seeks to serve those who are in need. In 1 Peter 4:10:
“As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied Grace…”
We at Bethlehem Catholic High School recognize and take seriously the call to serve in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We seek to encourage opportunities for our students to go beyond the classroom and take what they learn into the community. Through the sharing of their time and talent, students will work in the name of the Lord to bring hope and healing to those in need. It is our hope they will see that service is not something you do; it’s something you live.
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In 2010, our Principal Mr. John Petruzzelli, began a service partnership with the St. Vincent de Paul community in Germantown. Since then, Bethlehem Catholic High School students have been traveling to Germantown for a week in June (Boys) and a week in July (Girls) to offer the gift of themselves in service to the community.
Students, who completed their Junior year, wishing to join this powerful life changing experience should see Mr. Petruzzelli.
Magis is a Latin term for “more” that was adopted by St. Ignatius of Loyola and suggests the spirit of generous excellence in which ministry should be carried on. Living the magis calls us to examine how our choices affect others and guides us to make decisions that benefit the greater good.
This Society seeks to recognize those graduating Bethlehem Catholic High School Seniors who have demonstrated, by their witness of service, they are living the Magis. Seniors are honored and visibly recognized at Graduation and Baccalaureate Mass by wearing a gold cord over their graduation gown.
The following serve as a minimum required to be considered for this honor:
Bethlehem Catholic High School is please to offer the following activities in Campus Ministry:
We thank you for the many blessings you have bestowed upon us, most especially the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. We place ourselves in your presence and ask that you bestow the Grace of the Holy Spirit upon us.
May we, the Community of Bethlehem Catholic High School, be strengthened to live our lives rooted in Faith, Hope and Love. May we witness these Virtues, in our daily lives, with the same purpose, passion and pride as our Lord. We ask that you open our hearts and minds so that we may grow in character and integrity and be for each other a light of Christ.
We ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen us to live and serve through Him, with Him and in Him!
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen.
The Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
The Our Father
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Angel of God
Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
Grace Before Meals
Bless us O Lord and these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from Thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Grace After Meals
We give Thee thanks for all thy benefits O Almighty God who lives and reigns forever. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart; the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all the apostles of prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month.
And with your spirit.
Lord have mercy…
Christ have mercy…
Lord have mercy…
Thanks be to God.
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
Blessed be God forever.
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at Your hands,
for the praise and glory of His name,
or our good, and the good of all His holy Church.
The Lord be with you … and with your spirit.
Lift up your hearts … We lift them up to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God … It is right and just.
Holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your
glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your resurrection until you come again.
When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim you Death, O Lord, until you come again.
Save us, Savior of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection, you have set us free.
Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but
only say the word and I shall be healed.
Thanks be to God.
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Blessed be God,
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.
May the heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen
Act of Faith
O my God, I firmly believe that You are one God in three divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy spirit. I believe that Your divine Son became man and died for our sins and that he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches because You have revealed them who are eternal truth and wisdom, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. In this faith I intend to live and die. Amen
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit
Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to thy word.
And the Word was made flesh
And dwelt among us.
Pray for us O holy Mother of god.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen
The Joyful Mysteries
Prayer After Each Decade
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven especially those in most need of Your mercy.
Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee and I detest all my sins because of they just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of thy grace to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.
Act of Love
O Lord God, I love you about all things and I love my neighbor for Your sake because You are the highest, infinite and perfect good, worthy of all my love. In this love I intend to live and die. Amen.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Act of Hope
O Lord God, I hope by your grace for the pardon of all my sins and after life here to gain eternal happiness because you have promised it who are infinitely powerful, faithful, kind, and merciful. In this hope I intend to live and die. Amen.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, O Holy spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray….
O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through Him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation He came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit He was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered death and was buried and rose on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son who with the Father and the Son He is adored and glorified who has spoken through the Prophets. I believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Peer Listeners are a highly dedicated, trained group of students ready to lend an ear and a shoulder to any students in need. The students are bound by an oath of confidentiality that enables the students to come to them in complete confidence. The only exception to the confidentiality oath is if there is any question of harm or danger to oneself or to another.
The group is made up of students from the sophomore, junior and senior classes. Applications for new members are taken in the spring. Students applying to become peer listeners go through a rigorous selection process, which includes faculty recommendations and peer iinterviews. After being selected, students must attend a great deal of training on their own time to become part of the group. This training is essential to prepare them to handle difficult situations.
For additional information please contact Mrs. Diana Tice or Mr. Robert Gowell at 610-866-0791. They can also be reached by email at the addresses listed below.