Chaplaincy

 
​Catholic education serves to support the healthy development of children and youth in a caring, Christ-centred learning environment. The London District Catholic School Board is rooted in Catholic education to embrace equity of outcomes for all students and grow to understand God’s loving embrace in the spirit of Jesus Christ. The mission of the London District Catholic School Board is:
​“To serve our students through excellence in Catholic education”

Inspired by Christ. Learning Together. Serving Together

Chaplaincy
One of the great benefits of attending St. Mary's is that chaplaincy services are available during the school year. Chaplaincy is a collaborative and cooperative ministry involving all students, staff and school community members. Keeping the spirit of faith alive, the Chaplaincy Leader works with staff and students to plan, co-ordinate, carry out and evaluate various projects and services throughout the school year.

Chaplaincy Team Leader

St. Mary's chaplaincy team leader, Mr. John O'Connor, works with staff and students to serve our spiritual needs and development. (519) 675-4435 ext. 27059​


 

Promoti​​ng Spiritual Development

​Chaplaincy Services focus on providing opportunities for:

  • Liturgical celebrations
  • Ongoing Catechesis and Evangelization
  • Building and celebrating the community and solidarity
  • Participating in social justice projects, retreats, special religious activities, mission awareness and other community projects
  • Witnessing to the faith
  • Working with priests of the Diocese celebrating Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist

​By focusing on Gospel values and Catholic Graduate Expectations, Mr. O'Connor accompanies students and staff members in their faith journey. Our Chaplain is available at all times and especially in times of difficulty; offering prayers and accompaniment on their spiritual journey.

The Chaplaincy Leader's office at St. Mary's Catholic High School is located on the first floor (Rm 170) and students are encouraged to drop in anytime. The Chapel doors are always open and students and staff are encourage to visit this sacred space to spend prayerful time with our Lord.

 

“Whatever fate befalls you, do not give way to great rejoicings or great lamentation; partly because all things are full of change, and your fortune may turn at any moment; partly because men are so apt to be deceived in their judgment as to what is good or bad for them.”

-- Arthur Schopenhauer, Counsels and Maxims

Hmmmm...this quote speaks volumes to the times!  After all of the collective hard work from essential front line workers and sacrifices made by all of us, we may befall a second wave of the virus.  I think it was easy for us to stay inside and distance when the weather was not as inviting as it is now, but the sunshine seems to have clouded some people in their judgement.  

And so we pray...

Our Loving God,

You have given all people one common origin and desire to gather them into one family for Yourself.  Fill our hearts with the fire of Your love and kindle in us a desire to ensure the common good for all our sister and brothers.  By sharing with one another, may we secure justice for all people, an end to division and a society built on justice, love and peace.  

Give us a renewed commitment to service for others, to adhere to guidelines and to continue to be part of the collective effort to heal our world.

We pray for all who have died, those who are sick and pray for protection, especially of our vulnerable and elderly during these trying times. We ask in Jesus name. Amen.

 

 Be and keep well

 
Mr. O’Connor