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.
The Feasts days and Sunday liturgy on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of January are:
January 1. The Octave Day of Christmas
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God
World Day of Peace
January 2. Saint Basil the Great; Saint Gregory Nazianzen
January 3: The Most Holy Name of Jesus
January 7. Saint Andre Bessette
January 8: The Epiphany of the Lord
January 9. Baptism of the Lord
January 12. Saint Margguerite Bourgeoys
January 13. Saint Hilary
January 15 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 17.Saint Anthony.
January 20. Saint Fabian; Saint Sebastian
January 21. Saint Agnes
January 22. Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Saint Vincent, Opt. Mem.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
January 24. Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
January 25. Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle
January 26. Saints Timothy and Titus
January 27. Saint Angela Merici
January 28. Saint Thomas Aquinas
January 29: Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 31. Saint John Bosco
NEW YEAR PRAYER
We pray that this New Year will bring us closer to You.
May we take the time to get to know You.
Help us to truly celebrate the gifts You have graciously given us
and use them to serve You and spread Your word,
May we also see and love you in all the people we meet,
so that in turn, they can see You in us.
We know that all human relations take time
if they are to grow and deepen.
This is also true of our relations with You,
the Father and the Holy Spirit,
which must grow over the course of our lives.
In this New Year,
let us realize that every action of ours
no matter how great or small
enables us to be in touch with You.
Let us accept You in our lives,
in the way it pleases You,
as Truth, to be spoken,
as Life, to be lived,
as Light, to be lighted,
as Love, to be followed,
as Joy, to be given,
as Peace, to be spread about,
as Sacrifice, to be offered among our relatives,
friends, neighbours and all people.
Exams at Loyola begin Thursday January 26, 2017
A Prayer before a Test or an Exam
It is natural to pray before difficult situations, and many people have found comfort in prayer before an exam or test. Jesus himself went through stressful and difficult things in his life, which were obviously much more difficult than a test. However, as one who was and is fully human, he can understand our anxiety about a test, so this prayer before a test is addressed to him.
You understand the difficulties humans face,
and the pressure I am under right now.
I ask that you guide me as I take this test,
so that I may do my best.
Open my mind,
Clear my thoughts,
Relax my mind and body,
And grant me perfect concentration,
So I may use the knowledge I have gained,
To build up your kingdom,
For the good of all. Amen
Source: David Bennett
Prayer for a Student
Father of Light and Wisdom,
thank you for giving me
a mind that can know
and a heart that can love.
Help me to keep learning every day of my life–
no matter what the subject may be.
Let me be convinced that all knowledge leads to you
and let me know how to find you and love you
in all the things you have made.
Encourage me when the studies are difficult
and when I am tempted to give up
Enlighten me when my brain is slow
and help me to grasp the truth held out to me.
Grant me the grace to put my knowledge to use
in building the kingdom of God on earth
so that I may enter the kingdom of God in heaven.
Source: Robert H. Brom, Bernadeane Carr, STL, Censor Librorum
What is this year’s World Day of Peace Message from Pope Francis????
Sunday, January 1, 2017 is World Day of Peace (Roman Catholic Church)
Pope Francis’s World Day of Peace message calls us to “make active nonviolence our way of life”
In his address to the Vatican on December 12, 2016, Pope Francis announced that on January 1st, 2017 the theme for the 50th World day of Peace would be “Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace.” World Day of Peace is celebrated each year on 1 January, and Pope Francis urges people everywhere to practice active nonviolence and notes that the “decisive and consistent practice of nonviolence has produced impressive results.”
The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a global effort to affirm the vision and practice of active nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church, is heartened by and deeply grateful for the Holy Father’s call to political and religious leaders, heads of international organizations, and business and media executives to “apply the Beatitudes in the exercise of their respective responsibilities. It is a challenge to build up society, communities and businesses by acting as peacemakers. It is to show mercy by refusing to discard people, harm the environment, or seek to win at any cost. … To act in this way means to choose solidarity as a way of making history and building friendship in society. Active nonviolence is a way of showing that unity is truly more powerful and more fruitful than conflict.”
The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative was formed to advance the requests made in the “Appeal to the Catholic Church to re-commit to the centrality of Gospel nonviolence”, the final statement of the landmark Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference held in Rome in April 2016 and cosponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pax Christi International, and other organizations.
“It was especially noteworthy that we received Pope Francis’ message at this time,” said Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International. “Last week we gathered with member organizations in Africa for our regional conference, ‘Nonviolence in Africa: Creating a future of hope,’ during which time the attendees endorsed the “Appeal to the Catholic Church to recommit to the centrality of Gospel nonviolence”. Much of our time together during those days focused on how to reclaim civil space and how to promote nonviolence in many ways. The Holy Father’s message for 2017 deeply resonates with us as the work Pax Christi International and its member groups has been dedicated for years to finding creative and peaceful solutions to violent conflict.”
Source: Judy Coode: Pax Christi International
“The fact is, God loves us even more than we love ourselves. He believes in us even more than we believe in ourselves. He is always “cheering us on”; he is our biggest fan.” Pope Francis