The school chaplain provides for the sacramental needs of the school community. He celebrates a daily class mass and is available for confessions on a regular basis.
Apart from providing sacramental support, the chaplain is available for personal spiritual guidance for all members of the school community and also to past students of the school.
With school students, the aim of spiritual guidance is to help them lead fully human and Christian lives. To this end the emphasis is on helping them to see the sort of person they want to be in the future and to help them identify the steps that will take them there. In junior years this will include helping them to rise to the challenge of the Junior Certificate examination.
Guidance focuses on the importance of work and prayer in a person’s life. The chaplain helps young people to become more aware of their duties, to take their study seriously, to learn how to identify priorities and to use their time well. They are reminded of the importance of having a good sense of justice and of the need to contribute to the human progress of the community.
Prayer is an important topic, so that one’s work becomes a service to the Redemption, and selfishness is counteracted. Students are encouraged through prayer to develop a personal relationship with Jesus, so that they can relate the incidents and events in their lives to Him.
The chaplain makes himself available to students during the Religion class periods each week. During one of these periods he is available for confessions. From time to time he will take a Religion class to cover relevant moral topics, which helps to make himself better known to the class.
At key moments of the year the chaplain offers additional support to students, as follows:
Year round – get students to help prepare the liturgy; clean oratory
September – additional classes with new students
November – special emphasis on praying for deceased relatives and friends; bereavement support
December – preparation for Christmas including carol service, crib, confessions
February – preparation for Lent, school retreats plan and the promotion of the retreats
Easter – explanation and preparation for Holy week ceremonies
May – promotion of Marian shrine visits; individual guidance to exam classes.