PRAYER & WORSHIP
The following comments are from some of our Year 11 Brigidine students:
“Prayer asks an unchanging God to change us to change the world.”
“Taking part in the Brigidine Masses and Liturgies makes me feel like I am an important part of the Brigidine community. I also feel closer to God and I enjoy listening to the Gospel and the hymns.”
“As a Catholic, I feel that the Masses and Liturgies at Brigidine College takes me back to my own Church in South Africa because there is the same connection with God, the Bible and the Gospel. It makes me feel like I am connected to other people around the world.”
The Brigidine Community gathers each year for these major events where we pray together:
- Opening Mass
- Commissioning of the School Leaders
- Ash Wednesday Liturgy/Mass
- Easter Liturgy of the Word
- Bishop Daniel Delany Day Mass
- Class Masses
- Awards and Acknowledgement Liturgy Celebration
- House Liturgies/Masses
- Christmas Liturgy of the Word
Drawing on the Tradition
- College Student Planner contains the words to traditional prayers and hymns
- Sacred spaces in each Home Room for daily student prayer and reflection
- Class roster for Assembly prayer and preparation
- Roster for staff prayer and reflection
- Prayer in school newsletter
Nurturing Prayer Life
- Daily prayer in Home Room – smaller ‘family’ groups with indoor sacred spaces
- Culture and climate of school created by outdoor ‘sacred places’ – Holy Lawn, grotto in Soubirous Place; water features, quiet places for reflection
Developing and promoting skills in liturgy
- Liturgy Captain as part of the Student Leadership Team.
- Active participation of students in Liturgy Committee.
- Skills developed at all retreats but especially in Year 8 as a foundation year at high school.
- All students are encouraged to participate in celebration with the Powerpoint presentations
- The physical environment of Kildare Hall means the entire school can celebrate together – constantly changing use of space to maximise participation.
- Many opportunities for Eucharistic celebrations.
- The College Chaplain supports students (and staff) in preparation for the sacraments.