Chaplaincy at Loreto
The Chaplaincy is a unique space for all students and staff to take some timeout from the hustle and bustle of daily life; a space to make time for conversation with God and the spiritual aspect of life. Our school chaplain Geraldine Mulholland provides support and encouragement to both staff and students and helps to develop the spirituality and Catholicity of Loreto Chorlton, as set out in the school’s mission statement.
Prayer and Worship
Students have opportunities to take part in daily prayers and to join in major liturgies at Advent and Lent. There is a weekly focus on Sunday’s Gospel message to encourage students to explore and deepen their understanding of Scripture. Voluntary Mass takes place bi-weekly at lunchtime in the Chapel and is led by a different class each time. Year group Masses are held on a regular basis and whole school masses are celebrated at the beginning and end of the school year.
Local clergy visit the school on a regular basis to offer support and to meet with students and staff and over 100 students participated in the Sacrament of Reconciliation in December.
Students regularly engage with the wider community including raising money for charities on Soul Food Days and supporting the Justice and Peace group in a variety of events.
Students recently raised over £100 for the Philippines Disaster Fund which was sent to the Jesuit Missions who have a very strong presence in the Philippines – there are over 300 men in the province, many working with the poor and in the remoter areas of the country.
Justice and Peace
The Justice and Peace group meet weekly to plan ways of raising awareness and providing support for people in need. As part of their work with Cafod representatives met with the Prime Minster at Number 10 regarding the need to end world hunger.
They regularly hold fund raising activities and four year 10 students were recently presented with an Award by Cafod in recognition of their commitment to social justice.
Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their choices. They are shown the importance of the Loreto Values and how to demonstrate them in their lives.
Students receive an all-round education in the Catholic faith. They take part in class discussions and have regular RE lessons.
Pilgrimages and Visits
In order to support their spiritual development, students take part in several out of school visits. Students have attended pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Rome, ladyewell, Lourdes and retreats to the Marist Centre and Schoenstatt. In addition, guest speakers visit students in school to broaden their understanding of topics.
In April 2010 OFSTED reported Loreto as an outstanding Catholic school.