YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM
Small groups are a significant part of the spiritual development of the Loyola student, especially through the work done by the Youth Ministry team. These student-leaders have received training through a variety of programs and volunteer to assist the faculty and staff in helping the student body to grow in its faith. The Youth Ministry Team is provided an opportunity to examine their own faith and to share and experience it with others through courses and programs such as Alpha Series, Ignatian Leadership Camp, Ignatian Family Teach-In, and Ignatian Spirituality. With the skills developed, the Youth Ministry members set out to lead their peers toward a deeper faith in God by running their own Alpha groups and becoming members of the Retreat Team.
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.
The Secondary Four International Experience Week is a cultural-immersion trip to a developing country that consists of living with local families, touring neighbourhoods of various economic conditions and spending time on plantations or farms. By putting their first-world lifestyles aside for a week, participants learn to develop a greater sense of community and spiritual wealth. Through empowering local leadership participants are given these opportunities all the while our students give back in small ways throughout the week by building or renovating homes. At the end of each day, the students are given spiritual context through daily masses and group reflections. 2018 Destinations: Dominican Republic (70 students), Colombia (20 students), Peru (10 students).
For those preferring to stay closer to home, the Montreal Experience takes place during the same week as the International 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.