Chaplanincy

At the heart of our College buildings stands our Chapel offering a silent oasis in the midst of our learning environment, a place of sanctuary and encounter with the living God. Here we can spend time with Christ; we can sit with the saints, we can examine our lives and explore the perennial call to conversion and reconciliation. Here is none other than the gate of heaven and the pearl of great price. Here is Jesus waiting to be found, willing to enlighten and encourage us in our journey of faith encouraging us to be signs and witnesses to his gospel of salvation. 

 

"I will not mistrust [God], though I shall feel myself weakening and on the verge of being overcome with fear... I trust he shall place his holy hand on me and in the stormy seas hold me up from drowning." St Thomas More
 
Chaplain
 
We are very fortunate to have a priest as our full time Chaplain in the College.
 
Daily Mass
Fr Antony celebrates Mass each day in the College Chapel at 8.05am. This celebration is open to any who would like to attend and offers a calm reflective start to our day. Throughout the academic year various groups and year teams are encouraged to attend this Mass and to participate as readers and servers.  Parents are also welcome to join us.
 
Each week students and staff can request their various personal Intentions to be offered at this Mass. We also remember at the Altar all those who are sick in our College community and those who mourn loved ones as we pray for the repose of their souls. 
 
"If I am distracted, Holy Communion helps me to become recollected. If opportunities are offered by each day to offend my God, I arm myself anew each day for the combat by the reception of the Eucharist. If I am in special need of light and prudence in order to discharge my burdensome duties, I draw nigh to my Saviour and seek counsel and light from him." St Thomas More
 
Holy Days of Obligation
 
A Solemn Mass is celebrated on all Holy days of Obligation for the whole College community.  For this celebration we move next door into St Mary's, Cadogan Street. Our students play an active part in the planning and delivery of these celebrations as servers, readers, singers and welcomers. 
 
"If any man marvel that God made all His creatures such as they should always need aid of His grace; let him know that God did it out of His double goodness. First; to keep them from pride by causing them to perceive their feebleness, and to call upon Him; and secondly to do His creatures honour and comfort." St Thomas More
 
Collective Worship
 
In tutor groups each morning there is a Daily act of worship composed around a whole school theme. This theme for reflection is picked up in our weekly Year group assemblies in the main school hall which are delivered in turn by staff and tutor groups.
 
"A man buys hell here with so much pain, that he might have heaven with less than one-half. Occupy your minds with good thoughts, or the enemy will fill them with bad ones. Unoccupied, they cannot be." St Thomas More
 
Seasons of the Year
 
The holy Seasons of Advent and Lent sees a number of different events running in the Chapel from Exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament through to guided meditation and silence. 
 
"What men call fame is, after all, but a very windy thing. A man thinks that many are praising him, and talking of him alone, and yet they spend but a very small part of the day thinking of him, being occupied with things of their own."     St Thomas More
 
Sacrament of Reconciliation
 
"Often, actually very often, God allows his greatest servants to make the most humiliating mistakes." St Thomas More
 
Having a priest on staff means the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available whenever a student or member of staff asks.
Above all the Chapel is open and welcome offering every visitor space for prayer and reflection.
 
"You must not abandon the ship in a storm because you cannot control the winds... What you cannot turn to good, you must at least make as little bad as you can." 
St Thomas More 
 

 

Vision for the Chaplaincy
 
As a College of learners we seek to echo the words of Cardinal Martini of Milan
 
"We ask you, Lord, make us spring water for others, bread broken for others, light to those who walk in darkness, life for those who grope in the shadows of death. Lord, be the life of the world, Lord, guide us towards your Easter, and together we will walk towards you, carrying your cross, we will taste communion with your resurrection. Together with you we will walk towards the Heavenly Jerusalem, towards the Father”
 
Homily of March 29, 1980
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