The Sacraments

Picture2Sacraments are outward and living signs of God’s presence and activity among us. “I will not leave you orphans,” Jesus assures us, and with faith, we acknowledge the truth of His words. The Most Holy Eucharist, the “Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity” of Jesus Christ, is constantly present in the Chapel, which all are free to visit.

In addition, Mass is offered daily in the Chapel at 7:00am, unless otherwise noted. All are welcome. Every month, a school-wide Mass is offered in the Auditorium. Attendance and participation are expected, and all are asked to demonstrate a particular level of discipline and respect during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the highest form of prayer that we can offer.

Those who are not baptized Catholics, those who are not participating in the faith, and those who are in a state of mortal sin are respectfully asked to abstain from receiving Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and to make an act of Spiritual Communion instead.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a powerful expression of the love, mercy, and forgiveness of our God. Penance Services are offered to the whole school twice a year: during the seasons of Advent and Lent. All Catholics are encouraged to participate in these graced moments. Reconciliation is also available at any time upon request in the School Ministry Office.

Those who are not Catholic but have questions about the faith or are considering entering into the Catholic Church, as well as those who have not completed the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation) are welcome to speak to the Chaplain at any time to have their questions answered or to begin the process of becoming fully-initiated members of the Catholic Church.

In addition to the call to holiness through married life or the single state, vocations to the Priesthood and the Consecrated Religious Life are presented and discussed regularly as our students consider their future life and career choices. The School Ministry Office, in conjunction with various offices of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, participates in programs and offers a number of opportunities to explore the possibility of a call from God to the Priesthood or Religious Life.

Students who are interested in more information, or who have considered or are considering such a vocation, are invited to speak with the Chaplain at any time.