MASS AND SACRAMENTS
Mass is celebrated in the school chapel each morning before classes begin. All students, faculty and staff and parents are welcome and encouraged to take part in this time of prayer and reflection.
Periodic masses and liturgies are celebrated with the whole school community to mark the religious significance of events in the calendar. Other impromptu masses are also celebrated for clubs and sports teams upon request. A general invitation is extended to all members of the Loyola family to request prayers and masses for special intentions.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered to the entire school community during both Advent and Lent and is also available in the Chaplain’s office or by appointment with any of the priests on staff.
One of the main resources invested in the development of the spiritual life of the students and faculty is the retreat program. Students at all levels participate in a retreat each year. These retreats are designed to meet the needs of maturing adolescents and provide them with an opportunity to experience more deeply their relationship with God, self, others and the world around them. Through prayer, group activities and discussions and the celebration of the Eucharist, the students are able to reflect on the meaning and significance of these relationships.
Kairos – a Greek word meaning Christ’s time – is an optional retreat available to students in Secondary Five. This three-day retreat is the culmination of the retreat program at Loyola and provides an opportunity for a more in-depth retreat experience.
ST. IGNATIUS SOCIETY
Small groups are also part of the spiritual development of the Loyola student, including the St. Ignatius Society who pray together and put themselves at the service of any pastoral needs in the school. Students are provided an opportunity to examine their own faith and to share and experience it with others. Through prayer and reflection, the students explore ways to express meaningfully that faith in service of others in the local and global community.
SERVICE OF OTHERS
A commitment to justice and service of others is a hallmark of Jesuit education. Throughout the year, in various programs, students are involved in some kind of service work. All student fundraising at Loyola is focused on charity.
Each year during Advent, students sponsor an extensive drive to collect money for Christmas baskets. Just prior to Christmas, students, faculty and staff and alumni deliver hundreds of boxes of food to needy families. During Lent, students raise money for student bursaries.
The Christian Service Program is designed to educate the students to look beyond their own material happiness to the needs of others. Students at all grade levels are involved in some form of service work and participate in a more extensive experience in Secondary Five. After school and on weekends, Loyola students can be found in youth centres, senior’s residences, schools for the handicapped and many other locales, serving the needs of others.
The Walkathon, organized in the conjunction with Loyola’s sister schools, is a highlight of the student’s fundraising efforts. The student- led Walkathon committee choose an organization in the Montreal area to benefit from their activities.
The Secondary Four “Dominican Experience” is a cultural-immersion trip that consists of living with local families, touring neighbourhoods of various economic conditions and spending time on sugar and cocoa plantations. By putting their first-world lifestyles aside for a week, participants learn to develop a greater sense of community and spiritual wealth. The Dominican organizers allow participants to give back in small ways throughout the week by building or renovating homes and providing a beach day for “batey” children. At the end of each day, the students are given spiritual context through daily masses and group reflections.
For those preferring to stay closer to home, the Montreal Experience takes place during the same week as the “Dominican Experience”. It is a service week for Secondary Four students to work with the less fortunate in and around Montreal – the elderly, the poor and the disabled.
To learn more about Experience Week, please read more here.