Catholic Identity

Faith

GACC is committed to the Catholic faith and the teachings of the Catholic church.  We are constantly seeking ways to deepen the faith of students and faculty through liturgy, sacraments, prayer and service.

Liturgy

As liturgy is central to our faith, GACC students have an opportunity to attend Mass each Wednesday.  Various opportunities are available for students to be involved in liturgy such as Mass planning, altar serving, lectoring, ushering, song leading and serving as EMHCs. Family members are invited and encouraged to participate in liturgy with their children.

Sacraments

Sacramental preparation is a parish responsibility and GACC coordinates their preparation activities with St. Mary’s Director of Religious Education. Second grade teachers dedicate a portion of their instruction year to the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation.  Eighth grade teachers dedicate a portion of their instructional year to Confirmation.

Multiple opportunities for reconciliation are offered throughout the school year through reconciliation services and retreats.

Campus Ministry

GACC employs a full-time campus minister in addition to two priests and a sister who teach part-time (in addition to serving their parishes).  This team works together to provide activities and ministries which challenge and support students and faculty as they live and grow in their Catholic faith.  Retreats are held each year for students and for teachers.  Opportunities such as Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, bible study, and Stations of the Cross are also offered.

The student campus ministry program at GACC is called “Mission Possible”.  Lead by a group of student leaders called Peer Ministers, Mission Possible sponsors and/or promotes trips and events throughout the year, typically available to students in grades 9 – 12, such as community service projects, summer mission trips, March For Life in Washington, D.C., NCYC, Steubenville, JC summer camp, Catholic Leadership Institute training, Quest & TEC retreats and Archdiocesan middle school/high school youth rallies.  Fundraisers for these events are also planned and coordinated by Mission Possible.