St. Mary's Secondary School, Ballina
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Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy

School Chaplain: Joanne Cullen

“The Chaplain, as a faith presence, committed to the values of Christ, and on behalf of the church and school communities, accompanies each person on the journey through life.”

My role here in the school is pastoral one. It is my responsibility it to be a faith presence in the school and to recognise where students are at. Our school ethos is Christian and it is important that we continue to promote the Christian message in all aspects of our work here. Faith development opportunities are considered very important for our students.

My objectives are to …

…to be of service to students, teachers, staff, parents,

Management of the school and the wider community through:

  • Prayer
  • Active Listening
  • Accompaniment
  • One-to-one sessions
  • Celebration of Key Times and Moments
  • Recognition and Celebration of the Liturgical Calendar

As Chaplain I try …

  • To animate the spiritual, religious and liturgical life of the school
  • To be sensitive to the needs of all
  • To be caring and open-minded
  • To witness and support
  • To support the Pastoral Care structures of the school
  • To be visible and approachable
  • To help students to recognise God’s love for them and their need for God in their lives
  • To establish, develop and maintain good relationships with all members of the School Community
  • To be a friend to those in need
  • To work with the Religion team in providing resources for prayer, worship & liturgies
  • To work with the Religion team in organising retreats / days of reflection
  • To develop links with local parishes / religious leaders and members of the wider community
  • To provide spiritual guidance for staff
  • To visit homes / hospitals where appropriate
  • To be available to parents
  • To support the bereaved
  • Minority Groups.

In recognition of our ethos and Faith Formation Policy, all students are welcomed and respected. Care is given to respect the faith(s) of all students-Christian and non-Christian.

I am happy to discuss an individual student’s spiritual /religious need with the student and/or their parents.

Pastoral Care (during school hours) pastoralcare@stmarysballina.ie

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Events
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10-May-2019
NOTICE: re changes to school timetable from September 2019
09-May-2019
Some of our Fifth year and LCA students participated in a gathering of 3000 young people in Knock today to mark the 6th anniversary of the death of Donal Walsh.
09-May-2019
Congratulations to Lauren Tuffy and Leah Hannon who have won the overall prize at Sci Fest in Sligo for their project 'To Develop a Better Adaptation Solution to Sea Level Rise'.
02-May-2019
Well done to our 7 young Economists, 5th year students Mary Gilvarry, Marie Flynn, Ciara Murray, Louise Foody, Emilia Matysik, Grainne McBrearty, and Maura Byrne, who submitted 3 projects at the The Young Economist of the Year com
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Convent Hill
Ballina
Co. Mayo
Ireland
F26 R928

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