The College aims to graduate young men who are men for others. The religious life of the College aims to reinforce and deepen each students' faith and to build on the Jesuit tradition of a faith that does justice.
College liturgies are an important celebration of the College community. They play a vital 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.
Liturgies in the Senior School
At St Aloysius’ College we celebrate as a school community many of our Jesuit and Church Feasts throughout the year. These aim to affirm and reflect our Jesuit tradition and Catholic faith, and are always prayerful experiences. The generosity of student involvement and leadership in these Masses enables them to be both uplifting and life giving celebrations for our faithful community.
For each Year cohort, a Family Mass is held on one Sunday of the year and all family members are asked to attend. This invitation is extended to grandparents, aunts, uncles and any other significant adults in the students’ lives.
Dates for major liturgies will be advised throughout the year via the College newsletter The Gonzagan and via Manresa.
Mass is held every Tuesday and Thursday in The Boys' Chapel at 8.00am, attendance is not compulsory but it is encouraged. Communion Services are offered every Friday morning in The Boys' Chapel, and these are led by our Senior students who have trained as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
Retreats and Camps
Following on from Saint Ignatius’ desire for others to become closer to God, the College encourages students to times of reflectivity, prayer and silence. The College hopes that retreats will assist them in finding their purpose in life, spiritual growth and taking the time to listen and hear God’s voice in one’s heart.
Every student from Years 7 to 11 participates in a retreat, activity and reflection day or camp once a year. The Camps are centred on physical activities that help the students to bond with each other through many varied physical activities. The retreat experiences further the students’ relationship with God. Students are encouraged to understand their feelings and aspirations more deeply and to appreciate what it means to live in a community where the purpose is to love and serve others.
Each year level has a particular focus. The Year 7 Day of Belonging, for example, looks at developing relationships, Resilience is the theme for Year 8, Year 10 retreat has Service as its theme and the Year 11 theme is focused on Finding God in all Things.
A culmination of all these experiences is the voluntary Kairos retreat. They are held over four days of the school holidays with over one hundred students from Year 12 having participated once they have graduated. Kairos is an experience of Christian community, with a series of talks given by peers and adults. Prayer and worship are an essential part, as well as the participants’ involvement in discussions and various exercises. An important characteristic of the retreat is that of peer ministry: students who have participated in the retreat give many of the talks and lead the activities. The retreat is a time of trust and openness, generosity and community to quite a remarkable degree.
Jesuit education tries to develop in students an ability to know the reality around them and to evaluate it critically. We hope our students will understand the experience of those who are marginalised and become agents for change in the society in which they live. We want our graduates to have a sense that they should reach out into the community, not only to the extended College community of parents, alumni and friends, but also to the poor and socially disadvantaged in Australia and abroad. We want them to be able to listen to those in need and to have skills to change structures that cause suffering. As men for others, we invite our students to be committed to build more just human structures, which will provide an opportunity for the exercise of authentic freedom and greater human dignity for all. During your son’s years at the College he will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of programs such as Aloysian Faith in Service and Immersions.