St. Mary's Secondary School, Ballina

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

Links to helpful websites

Jan 25
2021
Catholic Schools Week – Communities of Faith and Resilience
Jan 28
2021
Virtual Open Night /Enrolment Evening
Feb 01
2021
Mock Examinations (3rd & 6th years)
Feb 08
2021
Term Assessments (1st, 2nd & 5th years)
14-Jan-2021
Good luck to our 2020 Junk Kouture Grand Finalists-Muireann Igoe, Laura O Hara and Alva Gallagher who will finally get to display their beautiful creation on Feb 4th at 7pm on RTE2!
12-Jan-2021
Enrolment Arrangements 2021
26-Dec-2020
We had a moving and beautiful Carol Service this afternoon which was streamed live to all students in their classrooms from St Muredach's Cathedral. Well
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