Mass-256Spiritual Life

As a community we continue the development of a culture that is in harmony with Catholic tradition, the charism of Mary Ward and the heritage of Loreto. At the heart of Loreto Kirribilli is a community grounded in the Gospels.

We encourage our students:

  • to recognise themselves as people made in the image and likeness of God
  • to develop empathy and understanding and the courage to live as Jesus taught us to in the Gospels
  • to become aware of the major challenges facing our society and to be collaborators with God in recreating and transforming the world
  • to appreciate their history and their ongoing role in the story of the Catholic faith and the community of the Church
  • to develop an inner life through prayer and reflection where they can experience the nurturing love of God through a relationship with Jesus.

The Social Justice Program, Student Leadership Program, Liturgical Program and Pastoral Program are four of the main domains that promote and encourage respect and responsibility.

Liturgical Life

The School’s liturgical life is an integral part of its identity as a Catholic school. Apart from whole school celebrations there is a variety of other liturgical experiences that occur on a regular basis throughout the school year. In so many ways our students, parents and staff are given the opportunity to experience prayer and liturgy and are enriched through our Ignatian Spirituality.

A variety of prayer experiences are offered at the School and include – liturgies to mark the Church’s liturgical year and to bring every celebration in our School year into a context of prayer contemplative stillness as we Drop Everything And Reflect (DEAR) each Friday morning, before School Masses each Friday and the class Masses throughout the year, daily homeroom prayer, House liturgies, our prayer together at assemblies and prayer in the classroom.

Students are immersed in an enlivening liturgical rhythm and are encouraged to see prayer as the source and context of all they do. The school has a strong tradition of student-led prayer and liturgy and in Year 11 and 12 students are given the opportunity to become Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Many senior students take up this ministry for the Church, a gift that they can share not only with our own community but with their local parish.

Major feast days and special events are celebrated within a Eucharist across the whole school community from Kindergarten to Year 12. Other Eucharistic celebrations occur according to the liturgical calendar and may be celebrated with differing year groups.

Student Masses occur approximately twice a term. These are the responsibility of certain co-curricular groups who are guided with the preparation and are actively involved with different aspects of the ritual.

Masses, Liturgies and prayer are an integral part of life in the Junior School. They provide an opportunity for students, staff and parents to come together as a community to celebrate their faith and Loreto traditions.

A number of non-Eucharistic liturgies are also celebrated at significant times throughout the year. These range in structure and form but are developed with the direction of our Jesuit priests.

Retreats

All students from Years 7 to 12 participate in the Retreat Program, which is based on the Religious Education program. Students in Year 8 have a school based program which focuses on their relationships with their God, their families and each other.

The Year 7 and 9 camp provides students with an opportunity to consider their own personal and moral development.

Year 12 students attend a Kairos retreat at the beginning of each year. Its purpose is to allow students to reflect on the challenges facing them in their final year, to consider their fears and their hopes and to learn from the example of others that great things await them. All the retreats involve students in a liturgical celebration, which is largely prepared by the students themselves.

Parent Formation

As part of the Loreto community, every parent shares in the mission of the Loreto Sisters – a mission that is grounded in the service of faith and the promotion of justice.

As companions with the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Loreto parents are invited to travel on a journey with St Ignatius and Mary Ward, seeking and finding God in all things – in every moment of the day, in every event, large or small, in their life.

We believe that through an understanding of Ignatian spirituality, parents can come to know God and Jesus Christ more closely, more clearly, more deeply.

The following opportunities are offered to parents and friends each year:

  • Parent Spirituality Day
  • Weekend Retreats
  • Busy Women’s Retreat
  • Mother / Father’s Day Mass
  • Justice Evenings / Lectures