Chaplaincy at St. John Henry Newman
My name is Chaplain Kim and I am so blessed to serve as the Chaplaincy Leader at St. John Henry Newman.
My office is located just off the forum and is a safe, warm, and welcoming space for all. Whether you need a friendly, listening ear, some information about school services, or just want a place to hang out, my door is always open. Please drop by anytime. I love visitors and look forward to getting to know every one of you.
Now that you know who I am and where I am located, you probably want to know what I do. As the Chaplaincy Leader I am responsible for coordinating prayer and worship in our community, serving as a bridge between the school and our local parishes and families, and providing opportunities to receive the sacraments such as the Eucharist, and Reconciliation during Advent and Lent. I also organize visits to our school Chapel.
I work to promote the principles of Catholic Social Teaching through my everyday interactions, but also through the promotion of events such as the annual Pilgrimage: Walk with Christ, our Adopt a Family campaign, and our Social Justice fundraiser, Superfast. These are opportunities to serve those in our community and in our world who are in need, affirming the principle of the dignity of each and every human person.
As Chaplaincy Leader, I also facilitate our Grade 12 retreat program. During your Grade 12 year, you will attend a retreat with your religion class. This is an opportunity to prayerfully consider the many challenges you face at this important junction in your lives - the junction between high school and the next stage on your journey.
Finally, I am called upon as a resource of spirituality, comfort, and guidance in times of crisis and grief.
Friends, as our school patron, St. John Henry Newman prayed, "Dear Lord, shine through me, and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul." Let us work together to build up the St. John Henry Newman community by being beacons of love, hope, and faith to all of those around us, so that those who we encounter will see God in us and know Him.
God bless all of you, and remember, if you're ever in the forum, please drop in and say hello!