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 month of November is dedicated to All Saints day on November 1st and the Souls in Puratory which is celebrated on November 2. With the exception of the last Sunday, November falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time and is represented by the liturgical color green. The last Sunday, which marks the beginning of the Advent season, the liturgical color changes to purple, representing a time of penance.
November 1. All Saints Day Feast Day
November 2. All Souls Day
November 3. Saint Martin de Porres
November 4. Saint Charles Borromeo
November 6. Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 9. Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
November 10. Saint Leo the Great
November 11. Saint Martin of Tours
November 12. Saint Josaphat
November 13 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 15. Saint Albert the Great
November 16. Saint Margaret of Scotland; Gertrude
November 17. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
November 18. The Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul
November 20: Christ the King. Jubilee of Mercy: Closing of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica and the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy.
November 21. Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
November 22. Saint Cecilia
November 23. Saint Clement I; Saint Columban
November 24. Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions
November 25. Saint Catherine of Alexandria
November 27. First Sunday of Advent
November 30. Feast Day of Saint Andrew
The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of November 2016
Universal: Countries Receiving Refugees
That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity.
Evangelization: Collaboration of Priests and Laity
That within parishes, priests and lay people may collaborate in service to the community without giving in to the temptation of discouragement.
Catholic traditions in November include All Saints Day and All Souls Day, and secular celebrations such as Remembrance Day. November marks the end of the ordinary time and the First Sunday of Advent on November 27th .
On November 1st, the feast of All Saints should inspire us with tremendous hope. Among the saints in heaven are some whom we have known. All lived on earth lives like our own. They were baptized, marked with the sign of faith, they were faithful to Christ’s teaching and they have gone before us to the heavenly home whence they call on us to follow them.
On November 2nd, Catholics celebrate All Souls Day which is a holy day set aside for honoring the dead. The day is primarily celebrated in the Catholic Church, but it is also celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Church and a few other denominations of Christianity.
Remembrance Day is a secular event but God still reveals himself to us through these services
In the Gospel, our Lord Jesus Christ tells us: ―”I have said these things to you, so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.” John 16:4.These words are very fitting for Remembrance Day when we remember Jesus Christ’s promise to send his Holy Spirit of truth among us — to bear witness to him, to keep us from falling away from him. And we remember all those who have given their lives to defend the truths that our great nation holds to be self-evident. The truth that all men and women are created equal. The truth that we are all children of one God, endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights — to life, to liberty and to the pursuit of happiness. The men and women we remember on November 11th died defending these truths. They died in fields of war for you and for me — so that we could gather on this sunny morning in peace and in freedom. We owe them a great debt for their self-sacrifice, for their love. Jesus said that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend. The men and women we remember were people of great love. Remembrance Day is a day to keep alive the life and memory of so many men and women, who unselfishly gave their lives for our country. They were not thinking about themselves as they went off to fight for their country. They were thinking about their families. They were thinking about the ideals of this country and their duty as faithful citizens.
The gospel reminds us that we are to become people of peace and to bring that peace and hope to others. More and more Christian groups are proposing different solutions to conflict that does not include violence. One of these solutions is to pray for peace.
Source: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB CEO, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation
PRAYERS FOR PEACE
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who said to Your Apostles: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you,” regard not my sins but the faith of Your Church, and deign to give her peace and unity according to Your Will: Who live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.
Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow charity;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light; and
Where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying to ourselves that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
Source: Catholic Online