As a Catholic Jesuit school, we gather as a community to celebrate the Eucharist on four major occasions throughout the year: Mass of the Holy Spirit in September; Advent Liturgy in December; Feast of the Ascension in the spring; and Baccalaureate Mass in June. A student-centered music ministry leads the community in song during these liturgies. In addition, training is offered for students, faculty and staff with the desire to serve as lectors or Eucharistic Ministers.
Daily Mass is offered Monday – Friday at 7:30 a.m. in the Fr. Edward F. Salmon, S.J. Chapel and is open to all members of the community. In addition, Mass is offered during each Holy Day of obligation.
Thanksgiving Interfaith Prayer Service
While we are a Jesuit, Catholic school, we welcome students of many faith traditions. To continue the work of the Second Vatican Council and its landmark document Nostra Aetate, our community gathers each November for our Interfaith Prayer Service. We do so following the example of Pope Francis, saints from our Jesuit heritage, and many others who work to “create a culture of encounter.”
As part of the celebration, we hear student reflections from various faith traditions. As a visible sign of our community’s gratitude, we place items from our Thanksgiving Food Drive at the front of our celebration. We also invite local religious leaders to preside at the service as a sign of our commitment to interfaith dialogue.
Pope Francis summed up the importance of interfaith dialogue and prayer well: “Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways. In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God.”