Bishop McNamara offers a variety of Service Organizations, dedicated to community service, religious expression, or social justice. Join with other students in activities and clubs providing a wide variety of service or aid to the BMHS community or beyond. Many different opportunities are listed below representing options for students to participate throughout their four years. Click on any organization for more information.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (F.C.A.) identifies itself as an organization of student athletes and coaches who have chosen the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Christ. “The FCA ministry attempts to meet people where they are in their spiritual journey and, through appropriate message and methods, move them toward commitment to Christ and spiritual growth" - fca.org.
GODSPACE stands for "Godly Offering: Developing Sacred Prayer And Cultural Engagement." Its purpose is to engage students in the design and preparation of our school Masses and prayer services in order to foster reverent prayer and also to thoughtfully engage all members of the school community. Members learn the work and considerations that go into liturgy, brainstorm ways to involve less-invested community members, promote respect for the liturgies among their friends, and evaluate after each service for ways to improve.
Each Godspace meeting is an act of service - specifically, members plan a prayer service "behind-the-scenes" for our school community.
In addition to the student leadership, brainstorming, discussion, and collaboration that already typify this club, a goal of Godspace is for students to take on specific roles each month to take ownership over specific aspects of the preparation, subject to review (as opposed to the moderator owning all these parts, and the whole club discussing them one by one).
Moderator: Mr. Sanneman
Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership. Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.
Moderator: Ms. Johnson
The purpose of L.I.F.T. is to give McNamara students the opportunity to share their knowledge, wisdom, and experiences with junior high students of the local diocesan schools. Peer educators run a workshop on how young Christians can deal with issues of abortion, sex, violence and drugs in a real way. The educators use role plays, small group activities, exercises, discussions and personal talks to share with the students the message to “Respect Life" in all aspects of their behaviors and decisions.
Moderator: Ms. Belinky
The Pro-Life/Pure Love Committee exists to provide an outlet for students to participate in the pro-life movement, and to spread awareness of and promote chastity and secondary virginity. In addition to educating themselves on life issues, committee members will also promote a respect for the dignity of life in the McNamara community, and encourage and support those who are struggling with wrong decisions, as well as those who are trying to live a chaste life. The moderator brings ideas and direction to the committee, educates members on current life issues, and guides, supports and encourages committee members through the example and witness of his/her personal life. The moderator also oversees the committee's finances and serves as a link to the faculty and administration. Committee activities may include a fundraising activity for a local pregnancy center, the organization of a liturgy or prayer service, poster campaigns, Lenten fasting in honor of chastity, a fundraising activity entailing selling pro-life/chastity t-shirts, etc. Students may participate in the Rally and March for Life in January, as well as a variety of other field trips supporting pro-life/chastity activities. Events may also include guest speakers.
Moderator: Mr. McClain
Students, both of the Catholic faith and other faiths, are welcome to discern their vocation through a variety of activities, including sports events, time in the chapel, discussions, movies, etc.
This year’s goals are:
- to help students become more open to God's will in their lives
- to help students along their journey with the Lord
- to help students accept their call to holiness
Service aspects of these two organizations include:
- Corporal Works of Mercy (e.g., a food drive, gift donations, etc.)
- Spiritual Works of Mercy (e.g., offering prayers, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, etc.)
Moderator: Mr. McClain
Teens in Action is a Teen Leadership and Service Program of Camp Fire. Youth participating in Teens in Action engage in positive youth development activities that help them build assets and skills that last for a lifetime. Teens in Teens in Action participate in a variety of activities that engaged them in fun and meaningful activities. Examples include service to the homeless through programs for youth and families at local homeless shelters, Teen Driving Safety Programs (our award winning program for teens who create peer to peer programs to support driving safety), opportunities for formal leadership training through workshops at the local and national level.
Moderator: Mrs. Pezzuto
The Upper Room (formerly Youth for Christ) provides a means for spiritual renewal in young adults and offers opportunities for them to respond to God's holiness. Upper Room members believe that God is calling everyone to a personal relationship with Him. In need of friends and role models, youth are given the opportunity to develop social skills and relationships in a healthy Christian environment. Realizing the need to make decisions in life, youth are led to know that God should always be an inseparable part of these decisions. YFC is a movement characterized by fun, taken in a Christian context. YFC receives its guidance from the Holy Spirit, through directions given to its leaders and members.
Moderator: Mr. Sanneman