The St. Xavier community roots its prayer life in the person of Jesus Christ within the Catholic tradition as shared through the charism of St. Ignatius Loyola and the Society of Jesus. It is crucial to our mission to take time to recognize and celebrate what God is doing among this community of believers in light of the Paschal Mystery. Students of all faiths are invited to actively participate in our worship.
Eucharists for the entire community are celebrated throughout the liturgical year: such as Mass of the Holy Spirit to open the school year; Feast of St. Francis Xavier; Mass of Missioning; Ash Wed Mass. All students are required to attend these liturgies. Two Masses are celebrated on Holy Days of Obligation for those who cannot make Mass in their parishes.
Masses are celebrated each day at the beginning of the lunch period, providing a chance for students and faculty to share in a more intimate eucharistic celebration as friends on a common journey.
Twenty Class Masses throughout the year: each of the four grade levels gathers in chapel five different times to celebrate Mass together as a class.
Twice each year during Advent and Lent all students attend a service with the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with confession. There is a special opportunity to share in the sacrament on the senior Kairos retreat as well. Also, arrangements can be made for the sacrament anytime during the year through the Campus Ministry Office.
In addition to Ash Wednesday, a Mass or all-school prayer service prepared by students & faculty is celebrated in the middle of Lent or during Holy Week. These services lead us to conversion and change of heart so we may more fully share in the Lord's Resurrection at Easter.
Each Thursday the entire school community stops for 10 minutes to be led prayerfully in a meditation on how God has been acting in our lives during the past day and what our response should be--a practice known as the Ignatian Examination of Consciousness. Faculty members or students lead the community in praying the Examen.