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

MARCH 2018

What date is Lent 2018, why does it last 40 days and what is it about?

The end of Lent isn’t Easter Sunday as many people believe…

MILLIONS of people all over the world are observing Lent, a period of the year when we try to give up some of our favourite things.

Many people believe that Easter Sunday marks the end of Lent, but this is incorrect – so when is the date that you can indulge in your forbidden items once more?

What is Lent?

The Lent fast is a Christian tradition, but many non-believers also take part.

On Ash Wednesday, people over the globe give up certain foods or habits to improve their health or demonstrate self-restraint.

It lasts for 40 days until Easter, but this is without Sundays being included in the amount (if there were counted it would be 46 days).

When does Lent 2018 start and end?

This year, Lent started on February 14 which is also known as Ash Wednesday and the day after Shrove Tuesday.

The day of Lent changes every year in accordance with the lunar calendar, similar to Easter Sunday.

Lent is a 40-day fast and will run up until the Thursday before Easter Sunday, March 29, which is known as Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday – after this date those observing it could indulge once more!

Why is Lent for 40 days and what is its meaning?

The Lent period reflects when Jesus fasted and suffered in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights, before he started his ministry.

According to the Bible, he was tempted by Satan during this time, but each time he managed to refuse his temptations.

People follow Jesus’ example and give up vices in a bid to grow closer to God as Easter approaches.

What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is officially the start of Lent but the exact date changes each year depending upon when Easter falls.

To mark the day, clergy all over the world burn palm from the previous year’s Palm Sunday services to create ash.

This is then rubbed across people’s foreheads in the shape of the cross as they are reminded “For dust you are and to dust you shall return”.

The ceremony is meant to show followers that their lives are short and they must live them to the fullest.

This sees Lent begin and it continues until the Thursday before Easter weekend.

Lent is a 40-day fast and will run up until the Saturday before Easter Sunday (not including Sundays within that period)

Where does the tradition of fasting come from?

Lent and fasting go hand in hand for many in the Christian church.

Many followers abstain from certain food or temptations, following Jesus’ 40-day fast in the desert in preparation for his public ministry.

Fasting has been practiced for centuries within a number of religions and culture, and is featured within Jewish culture in the Old Testament.

For example, Queen Esther asks the Jewish nation to come together in prayer and fasting, and Christians often combine the two practices nowadays.

SOURCE: Becky Pemberton: Novalis

“Lent summons us,
and enables us,
to come back to the Lord
and in every aspect of our life.”

Pope Francis


God, heavenly Father,
look upon me and hear my prayer
during this holy Season of Lent.
By the good works You inspire,
help me to discipline my body
and to be renewed in spirit.

Without You I can do nothing.
By Your Spirit help me to know what is right
and to be eager in doing Your will.
Teach me to find new life through penance.
Keep me from sin, and help me live
by Your commandment of love.
God of love, bring me back to You.
Send Your Spirit to make me strong
in faith and active in good works.
May my acts of penance bring me Your forgiveness,
open my heart to Your love,
and prepare me for the coming feast
of the Resurrection of Jesus.

Lord, during this Lenten Season,
nourish me with Your Word of life
and make me one
with You in love and prayer.

Fill my heart with Your love
and keep me faithful to the Gospel of Christ.
Give me the grace to rise above my human weakness.
Give me new life by Your Sacraments, especially the Mass.

Father, our source of life,
I reach out with joy to grasp Your hand;
let me walk more readily in Your ways.
Guide me in Your gentle mercy,
for left to myself I cannot do Your Will.

Father of love, source of all blessings,
help me to pass from my old life of sin
to the new life of grace.
Prepare me for the glory of Your Kingdom.
I ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever.


Source: Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J. Loyola Press


Holy Week Prayers

Palm Sunday

Gracious God, you have heard the cries of your suffering people. You have sent Jesus to us to be our Redeemer and brother. Open our eyes to see the immensity of your love for us and the wonder of what you have done for us. Give us the courage to be your hands and heart for those who are in pain. Give us the wisdom to speak out for justice and righteousness. May your will be done in us today and always. Amen.

Holy Thursday

Faithful God, Jesus gave us the gift of his own
Body and Blood that we might have food to
sustain us. As we share the Eucharist of Jesus
Christ, let us become eucharist for one another. May our lives be blessed, broken and given that your people may live. This we ask in the name of Jesus, our living Bread. Amen.

Good Friday

Christ Jesus, your love is made visible through
the mystery of your death and resurrection.
Make us one in you. Transform us into people
of mercy who reach out to embrace you in the suffering ones in our midst. We ask this, as a people reconciled to God through the blood of your cross. Amen.

Holy Saturday

Saving God, all creation waits with groaning
and longing for the salvation promised to our
ancestors and revealed in the resurrection
of your Son Jesus. Teach us how to wait for the bursting forth of your saving power when all will be reconciled to you in Christ Jesus. We wait in hope, O God. We wait in the company of all the angels and saints of heaven. Through their intercession may we have the power to say: Holy,
Holy, Holy is our God. Amen.

Easter Sunday

Jesus, we stand in awe at the mystery of your
death and resurrection. We wonder at the depths of your love for us. May all peoples of the earth receive the good news of your gospel. As your people we ask this day for the power to live in the joy of your rising. May we sing with all creation: Hail, O Light of Christ! Welcome, Risen Lord. Amen.

Source: Sisters of Mercy