St Mary's College

Prayer and Sacraments

Prayer Life in the School

Prayer is an important part of the day at St Mary’s.  Teachers and students pray together at the beginning of each day where students are encouraged to take a leadership role.  Students are free to pray in Te Reo or their own ethnic language.  A variety of prayer forms are encouraged.

The School Student Leadership Team prepares and leads prayer for school assemblies and other important school gatherings.

The Eucharist is celebrated in the college one day each week at lunch time. It is planned and lead by a Religious Studies class.  Major celebrations of the Church year and of the College are celebrated with a school Mass or liturgy.

All staff meetings and staff briefings begin with prayer.  Each week a different theme is set for reflection.  An opportunity is given to staff for personal reflection together one day a week after school.  Each term begins with a staff prayer and reflection.


Invitation to Celebrate the Sacraments

For students who wish to receive the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist for the first time – as well as the Sacrament of Reconciliation join in a programme with David Sullivan at the Catholic Education Office, Wellington.  The students have celebrated these sacraments at the Easter Liturgies or on Mercy Day in September.