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Spiritual Life

Peer Ministry (Chaplaincy)

Christmas Food DriveThe Peer Ministry Council has been included in numerous charity work including the Christmas Food Drive, Breakfast with Santa, the Big Brother and Big Sister program and the grade nine and ten retreats. With the guidance of the Chaplaincy department, Peer Ministers have been able to perform wonderful acts of generosity and in return have received a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.
Grade 9's enjoy a day at the Centennial Centennial Park Ski ChaletPark Ski Chalet. Here, each class is conducted by a smaller group of Peer Ministers. This year's theme is Hope. Peer Ministers encourage students to look for hope all around them and give hope to others. The Peer Ministers speak about high school and the possibilities in getting involved to make it their best time of their life. By expanding their knowledge about different extra-curricular activities provided by the Michael Power/St. Joseph High School community, students will be able to share their hope and begin a wonderful experience as a high school student.

Free The Children (Theology)
Elementary School In NicaraguaMPSJ’s “Free the Children” Chapter is alive and well and stronger than ever. This will be FTC’s sixth year in operation at MPSJ, with over 70 students involved. Free the Children’s goal: to help end child-worker exploitation by funding construction of schools in Third World countries.
The summer of 2002 saw the completion of an elementary school in Nicaragua, funded entirely by our FTC Chapter.
FTC is happy to announce that construction of a second school funded by ourFree The Children MPSJ Chapter has begun in Sierra Leone. A cheque for $6,500 was delivered in December to help commence this new project.
Our main source of funding comes from the school production of a Docudrama. This production is “school-grown”: written, acted, directed, sung, choeragraphed and danced entirely by our own FTC students. During the course of year, eight performances are presented to the school community. This year an evening show was added for family and friends. The evening performance was also an opportunity for graduates to return to MPSJ to support a cause near and dear to their hearts.

God Squad (Theology)
God Squad students help the poor of the city by participating on Street Patrol. Street Patrol is Catholic youth walking the downtown streets of Toronto, offering food and friendship to those in need. This will be our 11th year in operation at MPSJ. In 1999, our first year, the God Squad boasted 14 students as members. Last year, over 100 students participated in the God Squad.
Students Participating In God SquadIt is not mandatory for students to participate on all God Squad dates. Some students can only participate sparingly throughout the year. This is totally acceptable. The 2010 God Squad Schedule is listed below. Five hours of community service is awarded for every attendance.
We meet at Nathan Phillips Square [Bay and Queen], near the Winston Churchill Statue. We then proceed on a two hour walk over the surrounding area. Transportation to and from the site will be the students’ sole responsibility. Directions on location will be fully explained. Orientation talks will be given, ensuring safety at all times. Adult supervision will be given for the duration of the event.
If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to call me at the school number (416) 393-5529, or email Mr. B. Oppendisano at

Click Here to download the Street Patrol Guidelines
Frequently Asked Question
Q. When do we meet?
A. We meet at 11 a.m.
Q. Where do we meet?
A. Nathan Phillips Square (Bay and Queen). In front of the WINSTON CHURCHILL statue.
Q. What's the best way to get to Nathan Phillips Square?
A. See enclosed map. The closest subway stop is "Osgoode."
Q. What should I wear?
A. Keep in mind that we will be walking for over two hours. A good pair of walking shoes, therefore, is VERY IMPORTANT. Comfortable clothing is also a must. A knapsack to put your food in is a very good idea. Knapsacks leave your arms free, and it is much easier to walk when your back is carrying most of the weight.
Q. Where does the food and drink come from?
A. From you! Prior to meeting at Nathan Phillips Square, the sandwiches are prepared by you in your home kitchen. (And c'mon guys don't force your mother to make them for you!)
Q. What type of food do I bring?
A. Sandwiches can be made of anything healthy, like cold cuts, cheese, tuna, egg salad, etc. We have only one exception, and that is peanut butter. The reason is peanut butter is inexpensive, and the homeless get a whole lot of it. We try hard to avoid using it. Using whole wheat bread or bagels is a good idea.
Drinks are very important! Often, homeless people are very dehydrated. Any type of drink is okay. Juice is preferred. Drink boxes or cans of pop are II convenient. But what may work best, and is the least expensive, is to bring 2 or 4 litre jugs (along with paper cups). It may take longer to pour the drinks and serve them, but this time can be used to exchange in small talk with the homeless.
**You may want to bring other foods, as well. Soft fruit is welcomed, such as bananas and oranges. (Hard fruit, like apples, are difficult to eat when you have poor teeth.) Vegetables, nuts, raisins, and seeds are a good idea, too. And if you wish, a small sweet treat, like cookies, can add to the enjoyment of the meal.
Q. How much food do I bring?
A. This is a personal decision. You may want to ask friends and family to donate to your contribution. Every little bit helps. A loaf of bread makes about ten sandwiches. Ten sandwiches per person is the average offering. More or less is perfectly acceptable. No food will ever go to waste.

PowerFast (Theology)
PowerFastThe PowerFast is an annual event at MPSJ that takes place during Lent. Students vow to not eat any food for a period of 25 hours in order to raise awareness of Third World hunger and to raise money for Dr. Simone’s “Canadian Food for Children.” Students can choose to sleep over at Power while on the fast, and participate in fun activities, listen to a talk by Dr. Simone, and help him with any tasks he has planned.
Last year, the PowerFast was held on April 2 & 3, 2004. Over 200 MPSJ students participated on the fast, raising over $7,000. Over the last four years, MPSJ has raised over $26,000 for Dr. Simone’s “Canadian Food for Children.”

Social Justice (Theology)
Students participating in Grade 11 Social Justice program will serve the community in a variety of settings including, elementary schools, hospitals, day care centres, schools for at risk or challenged children, senior citizen homes, and agencies working with the homeless. Based on the philosophy of Ethics, Scripture, and the teachings of the Catholic Church, social justice issues are explored such as homelessness, human rights, poverty, child exploitation, rights of the unborn, racial equality, ecology, etc. After applying for this program, prospective students will be interviewed by the instructor for final approval.