Mrs. Kandy Harkin is the Chaplain at St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School. The Chaplain is available to support and guide all members of the school community on their faith journey. In order to do this the Chaplain provides opportunities for prayer, sacraments and celebrations of the Eucharist, staff and student retreats, pastoral counselling, resource for student projects, prayer services and class discussion.
By calling forth the talents and gifts of students and staff, the Chaplain encourages a strong sense of Christian community in our school. Fostering both a sense of caring and of social justice, the Chaplain shares in what makes our school a special experience for all who are a part of St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary. Students are welcome to drop by the Chaplain’s office at any time.
WHAT IS HAPPENING DURING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER?
The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, whose memorial the Church celebrates on September 15. September falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green.
September 3. 22nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
September 8. Feast day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
September 10. 23rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
September 13: Saint John Chrysostom
September 14. Feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
September 15. Our Lady of Sorrows
September 16. Saints Cornelius and Cyprian
September 17. 24th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
September 20: Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Paul Chong Ha-sang and companions
September 21. Feast day of Saint Matthew
September 23. Saint Pius of Pietrelcina
September 24: 25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
September 26. Saints John de Brebeuf, Isaac Joques and companions
September 27: Saint Vincent de Paul
September 29. Feast day of Saint Michael, Gabriel and Raphael
September 30. Saint Jerome
The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of September 2017:
Evangelization: That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.
September 5th is the first day of school!
Once again, our classrooms will be bustling with activity and the happy sounds of students learning. We’re excited about the prospects for learning, spiritual development and fun that a new year brings and we’re certain it’s going to be a fantastic 10 months!
The transition from elementary school to high school is a time of celebration – new challenges and opportunities await for our students. We recognize that students enter Grade 9 with different strengths, interests and goals. It can be a time of stress, anxiety and fear for some individuals. Here are some prayer to help everyone with the transition:
A Student’s Prayer for a New School Year
Lord Jesus, I ask for Your help as I begin this new school year. Allow me to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before me. Open my eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings. Open my heart and mind to new friends and new teachers. Give me a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with my studies and courage to accept new opportunities. Help me to be attentive to my teachers and let me experience Your presence in my new friends. Jesus, inspire me to do my best this year! Amen
Back to School: Prayer for the Start of the School Year
Loving God, Our creator, our saviour, our companion, bless this journey of a new school year that we undertake today. Refresh our souls and renew our spirits as we embrace the beautiful ministry you have called us to. We welcome those who are new to this community and ask that you strengthen them to share the wonderful gifts you have given them. Lord, make our hearts pure as we prepare for the return of students to this school, and may you guide them to return with open hearts and minds eager to learn. We ask this in Your name, Amen
A Student’s Prayer at the Beginning of School Year
We give you praise, O God, for everything that is new and beautiful, for everything which holds promise and brings us joy. Bless us as we start this new- year with our friends and teachers. Help us to make the most of every chance we have to start afresh. May we show love to one another and to all. May the new beginning of this school year remind us that you give us chances to start over again and again. Help us to forgive others as we receive your forgiveness. Help us to learn and to work together. Help us to listen when we should and to know the best words when we speak and when it is better not to speak. We thank you for our friends. Help us to be good friends this year. Help us to be patient with ourselves and with others. Bless our school and keep us safe. Be with us as we travel each day. Help us to be aware of your love shown to us in the people around us. Bless all those who care for us In school and at home. Help us show our care for them and to say sorry when we need to. May the Blessed Mother Mary protect us. And help us to live as well as we can Giving thanks and glory to God as she did. AMEN
EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING WE RECITE THE PRAYER OF GENEROSITY!
Every Wednesday morning, we pray our patron saints prayer, “The prayer of generosity.” It’s a great prayer. It expresses wholehearted commitment, a desire to imitate Christ, a generous spirit, and a readiness to work hard–all sentiments associated with our Catholic faith. We hope you are inspired every time you hear it!!!!
Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward,
except that of knowing that I do your will.
St. Ignatius Loyola