MESSAGE FROM THE CHAPLAIN
St. Charles College is a Catholic school and as such we try our best to enter into the fullness of the Catholic faith and its practices. Our Chapel has been beautifully decorated by our students and is open to all throughout the day for prayer and contemplation. The richness of the artwork lends itself well to a meditative atmosphere. Resources for prayer and liturgy can also be found throughout the Chapel.
Once per month, the community of St. Charles College is invited to the Chapel for a “Feast Day.” At this liturgy we learn more about a particular saint from the Roman Calendar and hear about ways by which we can emulate the virtues and attributes of this model of faith. At other times of the year, especially during Advent and Lent special prayers and reflections are offered in the Chapel.
The Antioch Prayer Group meets every Thursday in the Chapel during the lunch break to pray together and sing. Prayer requests are written on the Prayer Post in the Chapel and the intention is brought to the group. Members of the group will pray for this particular intention daily and a report will be given at the next prayer meeting.
The Liturgy Committee has begun another school year and the opening Mass. Some members of the Liturgy Committee partake in training to become Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, while others are called upon to be Lectors and serve as Acolytes. The celebration of Mass and our prayer services are made even more beautiful by the angelic voices of the choir accompanied by The Band under the direction of Miss Coyle, Mr. Bubalo and Mrs. Demore.
Prayers are offered throughout the school twice daily and the start and at the end of our day. Other formal opportunities for prayer also occur at the annual retreats. The Antioch retreat weekend occurs once each semester with a focus on Grade nine students. Grade 10 students will take in the N.E.T. retreat (National Evangelization Team) this fall. Grades 11 and 12 students are called upon to be leaders for the Antioch retreat and they will have their own Leader Retreats. Finally, in May, there will be a Graduation Retreat for all graduating students.
Spiritual Counseling and Pastoral Care are available to all at St. Charles College. These services seek to extend the healing, reconciling, guiding, and sustaining care of the Roman Catholic Church. A personal transformation that draws the person into a deeper relationship with God is the goal.