Prayer life is very important in St. Louis and every day begins with our school prayer. We have class masses as well as whole school masses and have special liturgies throughout the school year especially throughout the seasons of advent and lent. Our Christmas term ends with our annual carol service where members of the local community visit the school for this event.
Good morning Lord, thank you for this brand new day. Give me the wisdom to see its possibilities, the strength to face its challenges and the grace to be open to its promise. Give me your heart of love to do a favour, speak a kindness, offer a hand, sooth a hurt, share a sorrow, or in some small way give of myself in love to another in your name.
Pupils take ownership of assemblies and use this time to teach each other about special Saints’ days, liturgical times of the year, or simply about how to live as a good Christian!
What lies at the very heart of being a good Catholic is living out the words of Jesus to love God and to love our neighbour. We, in St Louis, put our words into actions and actively take part in various charitable endeavours for example the annual shoebox appeal, the annual Trocáire fast, the Catholics Caring Appeal and fundraising for Cancer Research etc.
Every year St Louis pupils and staff travel to Lourdes and Romania in order to have the opportunity to put our faith into action.
Extra Curricular Activities
In St. Louis we value time spent together working together or individually in nurturing the gifts and talents given to us by God. We do this in a number of endeavours in school.
Each year members of our Sixth Form attend the two local primary schools and help prepare them for their Confirmation. It is important to us that we help share our faith with others!
We are very fortunate in St Louis to have a school Chaplain, Fr Brennan – a curate in the Parish of Ballymena.
Fr Brennan joined Congregation in 1994, aged 16. He has spent time in Spain (2 yrs), Italy (7 yrs) and Mexico (3 yrs). He joined the Down & Connor Doicese in 2013. Fr Brennan's favourite subject in school (apart from RE!) was English. His favourite quote is from Pope Francis 1st - "Who I am to judge!". Fr Brennan's favourit piece of scripture is Isaish 41.
Pope Francis's secrets to happiness
1. "Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, "Move forward and let others do the same.”
2. "Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because "if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”
3. "Proceed calmly” in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist — gaucho Don Segundo Sombra — looks back on how he lived his life.
4. A healthy sense of leisure. The Pope said "consumerism has brought us anxiety”, and told parents to set aside time to play with their children and turn of the TV when they sit down to eat.
5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because "Sunday is for family,” he said.
6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. "We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs” and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said.
7. Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation "is one of the biggest challenges we have,” he said. "I think a question that we're not asking ourselves is: 'Isn't humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?'”
8. Stop being negative. "Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, 'I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,'” the Pope said. "Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.”
9. Don't proselytise; respect others' beliefs. "We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyses: 'I am talking with you in order to persuade you,' No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytising,” the Pope said.
10. Work for peace. "We are living in a time of many wars,” he said, and "the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive” and dynamic.
Keep up to date on all the happenings in the Diocese on the Down and Connor webpage: http://www.downandconnor.org/
As in previous years, the school will be participating in the Shoebox appeal on behalf of Road of Hope, a local charity. More information available from your Form Tutors and from the Sixth Form pupils who are working towards the Pope John Paul Award.