Community Service Learning Program
The Community Service Learning Program encourages students to share their time and talents with the community. All students are expected to complete a total of 100 community service learning project hours in their four-year career at Archbishop McCarthy High School. Community service-learning is an integral part of our Christian formation program in all of our Theology courses. Seniors who have completed 300 or more cumulative service hours during all four years of high school may be recognized for outstanding service at commencement by earning a silver cord. The total number of service hours completed by seniors over all four years of high school are reported to the Florida Department of Education in consideration for Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and may be reported to other organizations such as Florida Gold Seal, honor societies, etc.
This ministry exists to promote and to organize our school community’s sacred liturgy and prayer life. Students and all members of our school community respond to their baptismal call by participating actively in the preparation and organization of liturgical functions. Students are invited to serve as lectors, ushers, altar servers, and upon receiving proper instruction, as Eucharistic Ministers. As liturgical ministers, students, through periodic meetings and other extracurricular activities, promote the sense of sacredness in worship, while continuing to exemplify and give witness to a life centered in Christ and his Church.
Liturgical Music Ministry
This is an ensemble that exists to provide musical accompaniment to worship. It consists of both singers as well as musicians of all kinds. Students rehearse weekly and provide music for Mass and other Campus Ministry related events.
Respect Life Ministry
This is a ministry that has as its mission the promotion of the care and respect for life in all its forms, from conception to natural death. This mission is accomplished through participation by students in events that raise public awareness and educate the student body on life issues. Members of Respect Life Ministry plan and conduct events such as Respect Life Week, the Walk For Life, Prayer Chains, diaper drives, and the Grandparents Mass and Breakfast.
H.E.L.P. (Helping the Elderly Live Purposefully)
This is a ministry that allows the students to interact with senior citizens in the community. Students visit the nursing home twice a month and minister to non-ambulatory elderly persons. The group engages the nursing home residents in conversation; play games with them and provide entertainment through singing, dancing, and skits. Students also prepare holiday crafts and deliver them to the nursing home during the different seasons. The HELP ministry allows students to gain a close and respectful relationship with senior members of our society as well as opportunities to encounter God while ministering to others.