College liturgies are an important celebration of the College community. They play an important role in reminding us of God’s presence in our life. There are numerous opportunities for the College community to celebrate the Eucharist in a range of settings provided by the Jesuit community as well as visiting priests from our local parishes.
The whole student and staff body are present for the Feast of Saint Aloysius on 21 June, whereas other Masses such as the Saint Ignatius Mass or other traditional Masses (eg the Sacred Heart Mass and Ash Wednesday liturgy) are usually divided into two Masses, one for Years 3-7 and the other Years 8‑12.
For each Year Group, a Family Mass is held on one Sunday of the year and all family members are asked to attend. This may include grandparents, aunts, uncles and any other significant adults in the students’ lives.
The Junior School continues with their Parent Liturgy Committee which assists with preparation for the Junior School Masses. The main focus for this group is to work with staff and to plan ways to facilitate the participation of parents in the faith life of their sons and the College, especially in masses and other liturgies. The Junior School Wednesday morning Masses are organised by Junior School classes. Parents attend the early Morning Masses held both in the Junior and Senior School. In the Senior School, voluntary student masses are dotted throughout the calendar year, where more informal student-led liturgies occur.
The sacrament of Reconciliation or a Penitential Service occurs in both the Junior and Senior School. For some Years it will occur as an entire Year during school time or during the Retreat experience. Other groups will receive Reconciliation or a Penitential Service through their Religious Education class. In early Term IV, the Year 3 boys receive their First Holy Communion. The Sacrament of Confirmation is parish-based as our boys come from different dioceses. In conjunction with our local Parishes, our boys are prepared and presented for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The enormous array and quality of liturgies are not possible without the dimension of music and choir. The musical talents of the students and the wonderful support from the Music Department is an essential part of all liturgies.