This spring, we asked three graduating seniors to share a day in their life as they participate in one of the Campus Ministry programs at Archbishop Mitty High School. This entry comes from senior Madeline Aguirre, who participates in AMHS Base Communities. The reflection is part two of a three-part series:
It was one week away from the date when the first round of college applications were due. Like many seniors, I was unsure of the future, stressed about finishing essays, and overwhelmed by commitments. Amidst the chaos, I was granted clarity. I was at a Base Community night, surrounded by supportive faces, eating a home-cooked meal, talking through the highs and lows of life with fellow seniors.
Base Communities are just one of the integral components that make up LIFE Team at Archbishop Mitty High School. Within LIFE Team, students can choose to participate in Base Communities, which are groups of between eight and ten seniors who are grouped randomly together at the start of the school year and meet three times a semester. Each Base Community (BC) is named after an inspirational individual who has made great strides in social justice and spreading God’s word. My BC is named Oscar Romero, or as we affectionately call ourselves, “Papa O.” The meetings are held at one another’s homes, where the night will have a theme based off a certain Bible passage. For example, in February, the BC night focused on 1 Corinthians 13:4-13. After reading “Love is patient, love is kind,” we reflected on our relationships with our loved ones and concluded the night with making Valentines of gratitude for those that support us.
From painting pumpkins before Halloween to creating a ridiculous dance routine for the LIFE Team’s talent show, Base Communities are a source of comfort, fun, and relaxation for the seniors who take part. The groups are incredibly meaningful for seniors as the final year of high school is filled with worries about the future and overall uncertainty. Base Community nights bind us closer together and ultimately call us back to our faith.