Chaplaincy

 
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Yesterday was a difficult one for many, as our stay-at-home order is being extended.  It has been a long journey so far and as it was said in the very beginning of the pandemic, "This will test our resolve as a species."  So how should we respond to this lingering lockdown? By following our faith, trusting in God, and enjoying each day in a different way!

And so, we pray...
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Loving God,
As we vow to stay home, we are reminded of our vow to stay obedient to You Lord and to wait, just like You wait for us to respond to You at times.  We are reminded of Joseph, the worker, who continued to hone his craft while raising Your son.  We are reminded of Mary, the mother of Your Son, continuing to go about household chores and raising a boy destined to be our Saviour.  We are reminded of those You have gifted with medical knowledge and bravery during this pandemic and how many have risked their lives tirelessly for others.  We are reminded that this time is a gift, to slow down, pray more, quiet ourselves and listen for Your word.  We stay home and savour the quiet warmer evenings of birds and sunsets.  We stay home because You are our refuge and hope, so we know there will come a day when we can venture out again.  We stay home, never alone, for You are with us and we reach out to others in prayer waiting for that glorious day when we can once again embrace our loved ones and be proud of ourselves for not only surviving the pandemic but thriving because of it.
We ask you to keep in your prayers the soul of Mrs. Sandy Atkinson, mother of Liam in Gr.10 and also cousin of Mrs. Wood,  who passed away this week.
Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine around her.
May she rest in peace.
Amen
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Amen.
Keep safe this weekend
God Bless 
 
Mr. O’Connor

 

​Our four sponsor children are from Kenya, Haiti , Ukraine and the Philippines.  We sponsor these children year after year. The cost associated with this is approximately $1600.  Our March charity day is in support of our campaign and as always any fundraising during Lent goes towards our campaign. 
 
 
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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.