A Welcoming Message from our Chaplain . . .
In their 2009 letter, the Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops said that Chaplaincy is: “The action of liberating Christ in the heart of the school community, through a set of well-thought-out and meaningful interventions accomplished within the Church.” It is the work of pastoral ministry carried out within the entire Cathedral community. Our new school Chaplaincy Leader is Ms. S. O’Keefe. Her office is located in Rm. 211.
Our Spiritual Theme for the 2014-2015 school year is taken from the First Letter of St. Peter:
“Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house.” I Peter 2:4-5
Each one of us is chosen and precious in the sight of God. Cathedral has a long and proud history. We are charged with building up this incredible Catholic school with our own gifts and talents; we are the living stones that make Cathedral.
At Cathedral we celebrate four school wide masses each year – our opening liturgy, Advent mass, Easter and year end liturgies. We also host many Board wide events such as the Pilgrimage opening mass (Sunday October 19th) and the Catholic Education Week Mass (Monday May 4th 2015). We celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the season of Lent as a school community.
Our school has a very strong Gr. 12 retreat programme. All Grade 12 students are required to attend a retreat during their Gr. 12 year in order to fulfill their Catholic School Graduate Expectations. Students have the opportunity to sign up for a retreat in the semester in which they take Religious Studies. All retreats take place at Mount Mary Retreat Centre in Ancaster. It is the student’s responsibility to sign up for a retreat in Rm 211 .
Cathedral High School is a leader in the realm of social justice and charity work. The Chaplaincy leader seeks to engage students in living out their faith with concrete action on behalf of the poor and oppressed. Students have many opportunities to do this: The Pilgrimage – Walk with Christ Justice for the Poor; Halloween 4 Hunger; Thinkfast; HOPE – Haiti Outreach Programme Experience; March for Life in Ottawa, Ecumenical Social Justice Stations of the Cross, Hamilton Peace Festival in conjunction with Department of Peace Studies at McMaster University, Culture or Life group, – and many more!
We are fortunate to have a Chapel in our school. The Chapel is a place of sanctuary, prayer and reflection. You are invited to spend time in your Chapel (room 205) to take some time out of your hectic day to be in the quiet presence of God.
May God bless you in this upcoming year.
Ms. S. O’Keefe