Jo Belanger –Chaplaincy Leader
Father Richard Whalen – Priest Chaplain
is one of the resources available to students of Nicholson Catholic
College. The Chaplaincy Leader encourages the involvement of the staff
and students in the spiritual life of the school.
Each day at
Nicholson begins with prayer and during the course of the school year we
come together as a community to celebrate Mass at least five times (as
the year begins, at Advent, on Ash Wednesday, during Easter and as the
school year draws to a close) as well as holding prayer liturgies that
are designed and led by different student groups. As well, Chaplaincy
Services oversees the sacramental preparation of the Nicholson
Father Whalen visits classes to review the Church’s
teachings around the sacraments and staff and students are offered
opportunities to go to Confession, receive the Eucharist, and, if need
be prepare for the sacraments of Initiation. Chaplaincy Services will
also, from time to time, offer a Vocations Day to give students an
opportunity to explore possible callings to religious life.
Chaplaincy Leader oversees relevant clubs such as the Social Justice
Club and the Jamaica Mission Trip – a biennial trip to Jamaica wherein
students get the opportunity to meet and work with different groups of
people in Kingston, Jamaica.
The Social Justice Club is open to
all students in the school who have an interest in Social Justice as it
pertains to the Social Teachings of the Church and in supporting various
projects both here at home and in the global south. Recent projects
that have been supported include the Tlama Clean Water Project in
Mexico, an orphanage in India, the Gleaner’s Food Bank, Birthright in
Belleville, to name a few.
Nicholson Catholic College is blessed
to have a most beautiful chapel on-site. Each September, Father Whalen
brings the Blessed Sacrament to the school and places Jesus in the
tabernacle in the Chapel. Our Chapel also bears the beautiful image of
Our Lady of Guadalupe on its walls and she, along with Our Lord in the
tabernacle, watch over our community throughout the year.