Chapel is an important part of our shared life at St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School. We value gathering together as a community and reflecting on what it means to be children of God, to be good people, and to live out our individual faith traditions in the world in service to others. Weekly chapel services give us a time and a context in which to accomplish this important task.
Organized by grade levels, there are three services most weeks, one each for Lower School and Upper School (all meeting in the Nave of St. Patrick's Church) and one for Nursery School students held in the more intimate surroundings of the Nursery Library. Occasionally throughout the year, All-School Chapels (comprising Kindergarten through Grade 8) are held to celebrate holidays and important dates in the church and school calendar.
During school chapels, we sing, pray, hear scriptures and other faith stories, and listen to homilies delivered by our chaplain and other members of the school community. We gather together to support one another, to strengthen our community, and to learn about and reflect on how we can become more and more the people God calls us to be. We pray for our own needs and those of others, grieve and mourn losses, and celebrate blessings and individual birthdays. Students and faculty alike attend chapel. Parents are always welcome and are encouraged to attend as well.
From week to week, the nature and themes of sermons and stories change, ranging from topics such as sharing and friendship to playing fair and putting others first. Puppets may tell a story for younger children, while real-life experiences and the lessons of contemporary and historical figures are used to engage older students. But in each and every chapel, our students learn that God loves them, no matter what, and that they are called to show God's love to the world.