“The ways of the Lord are not comfortable.
But we were not created for comfort, but for greatness!”
– Pope Benedict XVI
The Spiritual Program at Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary is under the supervision of the priests and deacon on staff, especially our Rector-President, who is the spiritual father of our house. Participation in the spiritual program is expected of all students by the very nature of Cathedral as a Catholic high school and minor seminary. It is a serious responsibility which each student freely accepts when he decides to come to a school that is directed towards maturity in Christ and discernment.
The Spiritual Program provides a structure within which growth in Christ can take place. The program, which is unambiguously Catholic, has six main parts:
1) Daily Eucharist: The Eucharist is the center of all Christian life and growth. A young man who aspires to “greatness” is expected to grow in Christian virtue and maturity. The Eucharist is the principal means for this growth: one hears the Word of God and is fed with the Bread of Life.
a) An active, reverent and attentive participation in our daily Mass is required of all students.
b) Each grade level will participate in the Mass program so that students might become more directly involved in the celebration of the sacred liturgies.
c) All sacristans, readers, choir members and altar servers at Mass are expected to carry out their service with reverence and devotion.
2) Individual Spiritual Direction: Students are highly encouraged to participate in spiritual direction (conversation to develop/deepen one’s relationship with God) with one of our priests on staff or adjunct spiritual directors. Appointments can be made with the individual priest or in the main office.
3) The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions): The Lord instituted this special sacrament for the pardon of sins committed after Baptism. Penance services are celebrated during Advent and Lent. Confessions are heard after school, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 2:45 pm -3:15 pm .
4) Retreats and Days of Recollection: In the spirit of Jesus who often went off to a quiet place to pray, Seniors and Juniors will make a retreat outside of the school whereas Sophomores and Freshmen will have an afternoon of recollection within the school building.
5) Service Program: The Community Service Program is an integral part of the Spiritual Program at Cathedral. The program of service allows our students to grow in a more mature understanding of Christian service to God’s people and offers our students the opportunity to put faith in Christ into practice. Ways of fulfilling this requirement in the parish include: altar server, lector, choir member, involvement in parish youth groups, sacristan, rectory volunteer and work in parish CYO or sports programs, etc.
6) Supportive Spiritual Exercises:
a) Visits to the Blessed Sacrament: Students are encouraged to make frequent visits throughout the day to Christ, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, to grow in friendship and love with the Lord.
b) Eucharistic Devotion: At the last period on each Thursday, the entire school community will assemble in the chapel for Adoration, Spiritual Conference and Benediction.
c) The Rosary: Mary is the Patroness of Cathedral. She is the lady of our house. Praying her rosary we meditate on the life, death and resurrection of her son, Jesus. On each Thursday in October & May our community prays the rosary together. It is strongly recommended that each student prays this devotional prayer on his own throughout the year.
d) The Way of the Cross: Meditating upon and uniting ourselves with the passion of Christ, we journey with Him on the road to Calvary. During the Season of Lent, Stations of the Cross are held once a week.