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Catholic Faith in Our Schools

St.Chaplaincy at CCHS was created to assist students and staff with their spiritual journeys. That connection naturally includes working very closely with the Religious Studies
department in developing all aspects of the coursework and associated programs it offers. For example, at each grade level in the Religious Studies program, students participate in at least two off campus half-day retreats, scheduled and facilitated through the chaplaincy. The "organizational list" also involves arranging for church tours and several classroom presentations from various agencies in the community, all of which add to a student's understanding and appreciation of how we see faith in action all around us. As well, annually in October, all students who are part of that school year's graduating class gather for a day long "Harvest" Retreat, a longstanding and cherished tradition at CCHS.

The Chaplaincy keeps our faith vibrantly visible and actively expressed in our school, a
reminder that it is indeed a welcoming place that is "Christ centered". At the start of the
New Year, the chaplaincy organizes a Blessing of the Classrooms ceremony that involves all
students and staff. Every classroom has a prayer centre which is provided by the chaplain's
office and kept decorated in colours and materials reflecting the current season in the
Church's liturgical year. The art works in the chapel and hallways become a quiet but
profound part of the school's daily life. In Advent and Lent, the whole school is brought
together in weekly Prayer Services communicated via simultaneous broadcasts to all
classrooms.

At the heart of all spiritual journeys – for students and staff - is the sacramental life of
our Catholic Church, especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation. Throughout the school
year, aligned with the Church's Liturgical Calendar, the chaplaincy arranges for a number
of religious celebrations (the Mass and the Divine Liturgy, "Preparing Our Hearts" prayer
services) in which the whole school participates. Celebrations are also scheduled in our
chapel at special times for the members of our various co-curricular teams/groups and for
all staff on professional development days.

CCHS provides students with opportunities to be involved in various projects that promote
good citizenship, charity towards neighbour, and social justice.

For all that its list of "things to do" is lengthy and seemingly non-stop, the chaplain's office
is always a place where the door is open to anyone who would like to come in – with a
question or just for a chat.
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