That was the theme of a new Service & Song summer camp at Saint Viator High School, that drew nearly 90 junior high and high school students to participate.

“We had great numbers for this new tradition,” said Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, president of Saint Viator High School. DSC_0217

Students in the service track visited multiple sites during each day, from the homes of local seniors, to nursing homes and facilities that feed the hungry, including Catholic Charities, Feed My Starving Children and even the Viatorian garden.

“Our intention was to let students directly serve those most in need in the local community,” Fr. Brost said, “and learn why service is at the heart of a lived-out Catholic faith.”

DSC_0021Kristina Sandrock, choral director at Saint Viator led the students in the song track. Working with student singers and musicians from Saint Viator, campers trained as liturgical musicians.

“We helped them sharpen their vocal skills,” Sandrock said, “as they learned all that goes into planning and leading music for prayer services and Mass.”

Each day of the camp opened with prayer, song and a Scripture reading, before leading into direct service, rehearsals, and mentorship from faculty, alumni and current Saint Viator student-leaders.

“Our goal at Saint Viator is to train our students as Catholic leaders and role models,” Fr. Brost added. “Our mission is to serve the larger community as well as to educate our students. Service & Song is a concrete way to do that.”