Catholic education necessarily places an emphasis on prayer and moral living. The Office of School Ministry strives to provide opportunities through which students may grow in relationship to an understanding of themselves, God, and Church.
The Chapel is located on the third floor in the center of the building. The Blessed Sacrament is reserved there throughout the school year. The Chapel is open for student use during the day. Gatherings for prayer services with teams and clubs occur from time to time, as well as Penance Services that are scheduled throughout the school year. Each morning the Celebration of the Eucharist takes place at 7:30 AM.
The Celebration of the Eucharist occurs several times in the course of the school year. While the purpose or nature of the occasion determines the size of the gathering, all students are expected to attend and participate in the Masses that are celebrated in the community. In addition to the Celebration of the Eucharist, a variety of paraliturgical and devotional services take place during the year where students’ attendance and participation are not only expected, but are also welcomed.
Rite of Reconciliation
Each Catholic student is offered the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation within the context of the regularly scheduled Penance Services. The School Minister is also available during a student’s lunch or study period if that is a more convenient time.
It is an Archdiocesan policy that each student enrolled in a diocesan high school attends an annual retreat as a requirement for promotion and/or graduation. Retreats will be scheduled for the students by grade throughout the school year. Two Kairos Retreats are available for seniors.
The School Minister serves as vocation coordinator for both boys and girls. Special focus is given to vocation awareness in cooperation with the Archdiocesan Offices for Vocations. The School Minister is also available for informal talks concerning the student’s spiritual life and choice of vocations.
The School Minister is available to every student to discuss any matter relative to family concerns. The School Minister should be contacted to arrange for visits to the sick at home or in the hospital. The School Minister attends wakes and Funeral Masses or other services of deceased members of the Bishop McDevitt community and their immediate family members.