Contact Us   |   Print Page   |   Your Cart   |   Report Abuse   |   Sign In   |   Register
Office of Mission and Ministry
Share |

Office of Mission & Ministry

Mr. James Boyle
Director of Religious Development and Catholic Identity

Father John-Michael Lavelle
Director of Faith Formation

Liturgical Celebrations

The opportunity to praise God in Word and Sacrament is essential to the life and spirit of the Kennedy Family.  Starting with our Mass of the Holy Spirit (September 18, 2018, at 10:00am at Blessed Sacrament Church), marking the beginning of a new school year, the Kennedy Family gathers regularly for the celebration of Mass.  At the lower campus, the students gather for Mass each Tuesday at 8:30am during the school year (beginning September 25, 2018), in addition to Masses on Holy Days of Obligation, and other special events throughout the school year.  At the upper campus, Masses are celebrated on different feast days, holy days, and other special events throughout the year. All Masses will be planned by the different Houses represented at the upper campus. The first upper campus Mass will celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis and will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at 10:00am.  This year, the upper campus will also participate in House Masses during the seasons of Advent and Lent. Additionally, there is also the opportunity for Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament on Fridays in the Annunciation Chapel. Throughout the school year, there will also be a focus on other prayer opportunities apart from the celebration of Mass, such as the rosary and other devotions of the Church.  New this year will be Masses to honor all students participating in sporting and extracurricular events. The Mass for Fall sports and events will be held at Saint William Church in Champion, on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at 11:00am. Masses for Winter and Spring sports and activities are currently being scheduled. May the spirit of God’s love continue to call us all to be a family of faith.

Each of our 5th through 12th classes has a day set aside each year for retreat.   Our Church teaches that a retreat refreshes and revitalizes, gives the opportunity for more time spent in prayer and contemplation, and rekindles and deepens one’s relationship with God.   Our Curriculum for Catechesis requires a retreat for all high school students each year.  At JFK we believe that the opportunity for retreat should be offered for our younger students as well.  We have chosen to begin our retreat experiences in grade 5.  Student leaders from the Upper Campus provide leadership for our Lower Campus and Junior High students during their retreat experiences. 

Our high school students have the opportunity to attend an overnight retreat by participating in Kairos. Kairos is a three day retreat for upperclassmen offered each spring, student leaders and adults are paired together with other students to deepen their faith. 

The Annual K-Day Leadership Retreat was established to educate students on the social mission of the Church and to foster the leadership of our Eagles at both the Upper and Lower Campuses.

Mission Work   
Our school community does small things with great love right here in our community and this ministry is continually growing.  Serving the local community includes all of our students from preschool to grade 12.  

  • Annually host the CRS Helping Hands in partnership with the Diocese of Youngstown
  • Partner with Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership for a "Day of Service" where students volunteer in the community 
  • Serve meals at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen
  • Collect and distribute non-perishable food 
  • Deliver mobile meals one day each month
  • Raise funds for cancer research and patient care through Relay for Life and Kids that Care
  • Support area efforts to shelter and find homes for abandoned pets through Paws with a Cause
  • Make and distribute rosaries through our Rosary Club
  • Collect and distribute usable winter coats, gloves, and hats to area missions