Mission & Ministry
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De La Salle Collegiate is an educational ministry within the Archdiocese of Detroit founded upon the tradition of Saint John Baptist de La Salle (1651-1719), and rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, sharing in the teaching mission of the Catholic Church. As such, De La Salle strives for excellence in the spiritual, academic, physical and cultural development of our students.
De La Salle invites and challenges every student to make his faith a living reality, while at the same time, preparing them for leadership and service in the Church and the world.
Christian Service During The Coronavirus Pandemic
Some of you are concerned about how to get all your Christian service hours during this global pandemic. Not to worry. Service can be done anywhere. Jesus served people wherever he went. He knows there is never a shortage of people in need.
Attached is a list of ideas for things you can do from home. Please remember that your health and the health of your family are paramount. Don’t do anything to endanger that, and don’t do these things without consulting with adult members of your family.
Don’t forget to document your service. Please keep a list of what you do on a daily basis, for instance, “March 25, built a fort for my little brother. We ate lunch in it”. When we get back to school you can make me a copy. I’m going to add what service you did to a document for summer service ideas. More importantly, I want you to be able to look back at a list of what you’ve accomplished in this very unusual time.
Once again, these are ideas. I cannot stress enough that you need to follow your parents/guardians’ guidelines in everything you do.
Join me in praying, praying, praying for everyone who is facing hardship from COVID-19.
Finally, remember the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew that tell us whatever good we do for another person, we are doing it for Him.
We are a community of faith and zeal
Guided by the life and Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Emphasizing the inalienable dignity of each person. Fostering a love for wisdom and truth through the tradition and teaching of the Catholic Church. Striving to develop authentic personal relationships through trust and mutual respect.
We are a community of prayer and worship
Gathering regularly for the celebration of the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation.
Praying together each day as a school community.
We are a community of service
Living our commitment to service and the common good. Providing opportunities for students to assume leadership for strengthening and nurturing their faith.
Exercising a preferential option for the poor.
One of the ways in which Christians are called to live out their baptismal promises is through works of charity, therefore, all students enrolled at De La Salle Collegiate are required to perform acts of Christian service.
Unlike the charitable acts and good efforts made by secular people, Christians believe that charity is a sacramental act which has the power to open the gates of heaven. When we give to those in need and reach out to the poor in love, we give to Jesus. St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, "Each one of them is Jesus in disguise."
Furthermore, the impetus for requiring Christian Service is a direct result of the Gospel mandates: to love God and to love your neighbor.
Jesus said, "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. ... Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:35-36;40)
Part of the mission of Campus Ministry is to provide Christian Service opportunities that nourish and nurture the spiritual growth of each student at De La Salle. Christian Service is central to our Lasallian Catholic tradition, because we recognize the presence of God active in our lives.
Students are required to log their volunteer hours with Helper Helper.
CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCYFrom the earliest days of the Church, Christians have been performing works of mercy. The works of mercy were eventually formulated into two categories: corporal and spiritual. Today, all Christians are likewise called to do the same.
It is our hope that students performing charitable acts will experience one of the corporal works of mercy. The word corporal means “of or belonging to the body." Therefore, these acts of mercy will consist of taking care of the bodily needs of the poor and disadvantaged.
The corporal works of mercy are: Feed the Hungry; Give Drink to the Thirsty; Clothe the Naked; Shelter the Homeless; Visit the Sick; Visit the Imprisoned; and Bury the Dead.
BUFFALO, N.Y.(Oct. 24, 2019) – Seven students and two faculty members from De La Salle Collegiate traveled to western New York to participate in the Vocation Summit at St. Joseph Collegiate Institute on Thursday.
The daylong event was sponsored by The Brothers of the Christian Schools – District of Eastern North America, and attended by students from Lasallian schools in Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Toronto
The summit was an opportunity for students who are socially, spiritually, and religiously well grounded. High school students were invited to attend the event where personal testimonies of vocation stories, as well as group interaction, was meant to enhance student to think of what God might be calling them to do with their lives.