Hello from Father Dermot, Chaplain

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Hello

My name is Father Dermot Maloney and I am the school chaplain at St Paul’s. I celebrate Mass every Tuesday and Thursday in the school Oratory at 8.40 am.

At the beginning of the year I will visit all Year 8 classes to give you a chance to get to know me. Every week at your Year 8 Assembly I will speak to you and lead you in prayer.

At the end of October there will be Mass to mark the beginning of your time in St Paul’s which your parents will be invited to.

During Advent and Lent you will have the opportunity to avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation when I will invite priests from neighbouring parishes to hear confessions.

One of the high points of Year 8 is your Retreat which takes place outside school. It is always a very enjoyable day. In Year 8 you will be invited to join the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association. There will be quizzes and other activities for members.

As chaplain I am there for you. If for some reason you find it difficult to settle into your new school you can come to talk to me and I will help you as best I can. At any time during your time in St Paul’s if you experience any difficulty I am there with a listening ear.

Take some time to read our School Prayer below.  You will hear it regularly during your time at St Paul’s, and you should learn it and say it every day.

 

PRAYER TO ST PAUL

 

Oh glorious St Paul, by your prayers and example, enable me to become a better person. More considerate towards others, more honest with myself, more faithful to God. 

Give me the courage to accept the pains and problems of this day, always rejoicing in the Lord. Through your prayers may I be ‘rooted in love’, always loving God in fidelity to Sunday mass and daily prayer; always loving my neighbour, especially my family and friends. 

Make me patient and kind, never jealous or rude. Give me the strength to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes. 

May I always know in my heart what you taught so well; that there are only three things that last  –  faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love. 

Amen

 

I do hope you will enjoy your school days at St Paul’s.

 

Father Dermot Maloney
School Chaplain