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.

St. Ignatius Prayer


Welcome Back

Welcome back to another fantastic school year. We are very excited to welcome all of our returning students back. We have many new faces this year and we welcome all of you to St. Ignatius of Loyola!

Liturgically, 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.

During September, as in all of Ordinary Time (formerly known as Time after Pentecost), the Liturgy does not focus on one particular mystery of Christ, but views the mystery of Christ in all its aspects. We follow the life of Christ through the Gospels, and focus on the teachings and parables of Jesus and what it means for us to be a follower of Christ. During Ordinary Time we can concentrate more on the saints and imitate their holiness as Christ’s followers.

The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of September are:

September 3. Saint Gregory the Great: Pope and Doctor of the Church

September 4. Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 8. Feast day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
September 9. Saint Peter Claver

September 11. Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 12. Most Holy Name of Mary

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. Saint Robert Bellarmine

September 18: Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 19. Saint Januarius

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: Blessed Emilie Tavernier-Gamelin

September 25: Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 26. Saints John de Brebeuf, Isaac Joques and companions

September 27: Saint Vincent de Paul

September 28. Saint Wenceslaus; Lawrence Ruiz and companions
September 29. Feast day of Saint Michael, Gabriel and Raphael
September 30. Saint Jerome

 Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for the month of September 2016

Universal: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.

Evangelization: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.

When will we gather to celebrate Mass?

Our Opening school Year Mass will be held on Tuesday September 27th at 10:00 our school gymnasium. Father Mark Gatto will be the celebrant.

We have Mass to worship and to receive God’s grace, to unify with him and with other worshipers through the sacrament of the Eucharist. As a sacrament, it is that Jesus himself acting through the Eucharist, and supplies all the graces we derive from it.

St. Matthew’s Parish

Remember…the doors of St. Matthew’s Parish are always open!!!

There’s an old saying that goes, “Once a Catholic, always a Catholic.” Maybe you have been away from the Church for a little while or for quite some time, but now you feel a tug at your heart calling you back to the Catholic Church. Listen to that tug. It’s your Heavenly Father reaching his arms out to you, the Holy Spirit whispering in your ear, hoping to draw you home.

Regardless of why you left or got out of the habit of going to Mass, you can always come home and return to the practice of the sacraments and the fullness of relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church he founded.


A warm welcome to Seminarian Greg Merkley who begins his pastoral internship year with St. Matthew’s Parish! We are very fortunate that Greg will be able to participate in many of our school activities such as school prayer services and retreats.

A Prayer for the Beginning of the New School Year

Lord Jesus, we ask for Your help as we begin this new school year. Allow us to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before us. Open our eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings. Open our heart and mind to new friends and new teachers. Give us a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with our studies and courage to accept new opportunities. Help us to be attentive to one another and let us experience Your presence in our new friends. Jesus, inspire us to do our best this year! Amen

Source: Loyola Press