Each week students gather in our chapel for a prayer service. Students plan the liturgies for these services, write reflections and prayers, select music, and lead prayer. In doing so, they learn the art and the way of reverence.
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The entire school community comes together for Mass on holy days and special feasts throughout the year, either in our chapel or in Trinity Chapel at Boston College, originally built by the Religious of the Sacred Heart as the spiritual center of Newton College of the Sacred Heart. Masses are planned by Campus Ministers and students, including Eucharistic Ministers, and feature the gifts of many of our singers, dancers, and readers. The whole school community also contributes to the Advent Vespers service, a culmination of fall efforts in music, dance, and oratory in a solemn, sacred observance and celebration of the Advent season.
Newton celebrates three all-school liturgies: the Mass of the Holy Spirit, the Feast of All Saints, and the Feast of the Ascension. Students lead these services as cantors, choral singers, readers, instrumentalists, Eucharistic Ministers, and dancers. Our families are invited to join the school community as we celebrate the Advent Season with a Vespers Service. The Lenten Reconciliation Program provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of Lent, to think on the meaning of reconciliation as a social reality, and to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation.
As a special opportunity to build community not only among students but among families, each class and its families come together once a year for a special Votive Mass to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, engaging the tradition of First Friday devotions, followed by dinner.