SHC celebrates as an inclusive community of faith through a variety of Eucharistic liturgies, reconciliations and prayer services throughout the year, all of which are coordinated by the Community Life team, the Student Liturgy Committee, the chorus and the Jubilee Choir.
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Community Life Activities
Sponsoring experiences of faith, service and community, Lasallian Vincentian Youth is a unique program for students to explore their faith, meet new friends and develop a deep sense of community through active experiences of service. After-school tutoring, visiting the elderly and homeless outreach are among the regular volunteer opportunities offered. Other activities include a clothing giveaway, a spring community lunch to benefit our homeless brothers and sisters, a Core Team leadership retreat and regional Lasallian Vincentian Youth gatherings.
Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory is known for fun-filled, spirited student dances that occur throughout the year. The four dances are the Fall Dance, Winter Ball, Junior Prom and Senior Ball. Click here to download our Dance Guest Pass. Special school rules and regulations regarding all dances are listed in the Student and Family Handbook.
Several student-led charitable drives raise thousands of dollars annually and help provide supplies that directly benefit underserved communities in San Francisco, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Eritrea.
SHC’s on-campus Lasallian Vincentian Youth organization sponsors ongoing programs such as the Homeless Van Outreach; food bank visits; and annual Summer Assembly regional gatherings in places like Yakima, Washington and Tijuana, Mexico.
In the fall, SHC collects donations for St. Anthony Foundation, located in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. St. Anthony Foundation has a myriad of outreach vehicles, including a medical clinic, a dining room, HIV testing facilities, drug and alcohol counseling, and a free clothing and housewares store. Due to the current economic crisis, donations have been low; as a result, their clothing store is nearly bare. Community Life and Lasallian Vincentian Youth (LVY), along with the girls’ volleyball team, organized this year’s clothing drive to respond to the needs of our citywide community.
Each year students, faculty and staff are given the opportunity to help save the lives of those who need it the most. Donated blood is sent to various hospitals to help with surgeries, transplants and other medical procedures.
Season of Giving Drive
In this holiday season one of the greatest gifts we can give is the gift of choice, dignity and respect to our underserved neighbors in San Francisco. Students and families are encouraged to bring in donations or gift cards for the Season of Giving. These donations turn into gift cards to Old Navy, Ross, Safeway and Target. With the aid of gift cards families are able to choose and purchase their own gifts for their families. Gift cards are given to the families of De Marillac Academy and Hamilton Family Center. If one chooses, baby clothes and educational toys can also be brought in for the families at Mt. St. Joseph St. Elizabeth Center, a Daughters of Charity organization that aids young unwed mothers.
Change for our World
Our Lenten almsgiving drive focuses on the De La Salle Christian Brother’s school, St. Joseph’s, in Eritrea, Africa and the Daughters of Charity global efforts. Students are encouraged to donate their loose change, recognizing that even the smallest of change contributes to global change across the world.
Further integration of community service, prayer, faith development and community building into the life of the school includes Sports in Action, which invites boys’ and girls’ athletic teams to create and sponsor service projects. The expectation of our athletes is that they learn how to use their gifts and talents for others in meaningful ways to our community and themselves.
Family Service Day: Rebuilding Day is a citywide renovation effort that is the culmination of a year’s worth of planning and coordination. On the last Saturday in April, thousands of volunteers renovate nonprofit facilities and schools and repair the homes of low-income, disabled and elderly San Franciscans. Rebuilding Day is a part of National Rebuilding Day, when tens of thousands of volunteers across the nation give back to their communities on the last weekend of April. The Parents Association has partnered with the Campus Ministry Department for the past several years to sponsor a team of 30-60 community members for a day of rebuilding and learning.
Each year our school supports a variety of projects and people both locally and globally. We aim to create a calendar that is flexible enough to respond to crisis and need (e.g., the earthquake in Haiti), while allowing students and families time and space to give through prayer, specific goods and time. Since the Walkathon is our only schoolwide fundraiser that is specifically for the SHC community, schoolwide initiatives allow all members in our community to respond to our greater community.