Spirit Week is an incredible tradition at St Joes and we encourage all students to participate!
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. Below is the text of the plaque placed in the chapel on the day of the altar’s dedication, which explains the altar’s inscription:
magister adest et vocat te
The Master is Here and is Calling You
The Master is here...
Jesus Christ, at the Last Supper, instituted the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. When the Mass is celebrated, bread and wine are changed, through the words of a priest and the action of the Holy Spirit, into the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. The Eucharist is reserved in the golden tabernacle behind the Altar, and it is there that Jesus Christ is personally present to us, night and day.
…and is calling you
From the tabernacle, Jesus silently calls out to us. He calls us to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this life, so that we might be eternally happy with Him in the next. Some He calls to the Priesthood. Some He calls to the consecrated life. Some He calls to marriage and family life. He is with us in the Eucharist, and He calls all of us to know His love, His forgiveness, and His peace.