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 IN MAY 2017?
- May 1:3rd week of Easter: Saint Joseph the worker and Saint Pius V
- May 2:Saint Athanasius, bishop and doctor
- May 3: SaintsPhilip and James, Apostles – Feast Day
- May 4: Blessed Marie-Leonie Paradis
- May 6: Saint Francois de Laval
- May 7: 4th Sunday of Easter: World day of Prayer for Vocations
- May 12:Saints Nereus and Achilleus, martyrs or Saint Pancras, martyr
- May 13:Our Lady of Fatima
- May 14:5th Sunday of Easter
- May 18:Saint John I, pope and martyr
- May 20:Saint Bernardine of Siena, priest
- May 21: 6th Sunday of Easter
- May 24 Blessed Louis-Zephirin Moreau
- May 25:Saint Bede the Venerable, priest and doctor; or Saint Gregory VII, pope or Saint Mary, virgin
- May 26:Saint Philip Neri, priest
- May 27:Saint Augustine (Austin) of Canterbury, bishop
- May 28: ASCENSION OF THE LORD
- May 31:Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Feast Day
The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of May 2017
Christians in Africa: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
May is the Month of the Virgin Mary
Source: Scott P. Richert
The Catholic practice of assigning a special devotion to each month goes back to the early 16th century. Since the best known of those devotions is probably the dedication of May as the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it might come as a surprise that it wasn’t until the late 18th century that this devotion arose among Jesuits in Rome. In the early years of the 19th century, it quickly spread throughout the Western Church, and, by the time of Pope Pius IX’s declaration of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854, it had become universal.
May crownings and other special events in May in honor of Mary, such as public recitation of the rosary, stem from this time. Sadly, such communal events are rare today, but we can take the month of May as an opportunity to renew our own devotion to the Mother of God by dusting off our rosaries and adding a few more Marian prayers to our daily routine.
Parents, in particular, should encourage Marian devotion in their children, since the non-Catholic Christians they encounter today often downplay (if not denigrate) the role that the Blessed Virgin played in our salvation through her fiat—her joyous “Yes” to the will of God.
Some or all of the following prayers to the Blessed Virgin can be incorporated into our daily prayers during this month.
In the Western Church, the rosary is the preeminent form of prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Once a daily feature of Catholic life, it is now seeing a revival after decades of disuse. May is a very good month to begin praying the rosary daily.
How To Pray The Rosary – The purpose of the Rosary is to help keep in memory certain principal events or mysteries in the history of our salvation, and to thank and praise God for them. There are twenty mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these are divided into the five JOYFUL MYSTERIES, the five LUMINOUS MYSTERIES, the five SORROWFUL MYSTERIES, and the five GLORIOUS MYSTERIES. You may also wish to pray the rosary online, with others or by yourself. As suggested by the Pope St. John Paul the Great, the Joyful mysteries are said on Monday and Saturday, the Luminous on Thursday, the Sorrowful on Tuesday and Friday, and the Glorious on Wednesday and Sunday (with this exception: Sundays of Christmas season – The Joyful; Sundays of Lent – Sorrowful).
- Make the Sign of the Crossand say the Apostles Creed
- Say the Our Father.
- Say three hail Mary’s.
- Say the Glory Be to the Father.
- Announce the First Mystery; then say the Our Father
- Say ten “Hail Mary’s” while meditating on the Mystery.
- Say the Glory Be to the Father.
- Announce the Second Mystery; then say the Our Father, repeat 6 and 7 and continue with Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.
A PRAYER FOR MOTHERS DAY (MAY 14)
Loving God, we thank you for mothers – for all they mean or have meant, for the love they have shown and the care they have given. We thank you for the qualities of mothers – their patience, their kindness, concern and understanding. We thank you for the part they play in our lives, and we thank you for this day of saying ‘thank you’ this opportunity to say what we so often mean to say but so rarely do. For mothers and motherhood, for children and families we bring you this day our grateful praise. AMEN