WHAT HAPPENS DURING MASS?
While Mass takes place each day in our chapel, whole-school Masses are celebrated in our gymnasium. During all-school Mass, students, faculty, and staff gather together. A program is provided by Father Silva that guides us all through music, prayers, and readings.
ABOUT THE CHAPEL
The Alumni Chapel is the center and heart of St Joseph High School, familiar to generations of St Joseph High School students as a place of prayer and worship. Through the years, the chapel has been enhanced and beautified, so that today’s students can be given a place of great dignity and beauty in which to encounter the Lord in prayer and in the sacraments.
The tabernacle, crafted in Madrid, Spain, was the gift of an anonymous benefactor, in 2005. Blessed and installed that year on December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the tabernacle houses and safeguards the Holy Eucharist. A vigil lamp burns beside the tabernacle whenever the Blessed Sacrament is present inside it, reminding us of the presence of Christ with us.
The confessional provides an atmosphere of dignity and privacy for students to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The outside features a framed reproduction of Rembrandt’s Return of the Prodigal Son, given in memory of Meri-Lyn Raw, ’06.
The altar was dedicated by Bishop William E Lori of Bridgeport in the spring of 2007. The original St Joseph High School altar stone, containing relics of saints, was placed by the Bishop into the top of the altar, which is constructed of African mahogany and green Italian marble.