Chaplains have played an active part in the life of Catholic Schools for many years. Traditionally the Chaplain has been a priest who has celebrated Mass and carried out priestly duties under the code of Canon Law.
Here at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy we were one of the pioneers of Lay Chaplaincy in the country when, 15 years ago, the first Lay Chaplain was appointed. In recent times there has been a growing tendency to appoint lay chaplains, women and men, religious sisters or brothers or lay chaplaincy teams.
Chaplaincy at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy is at the heart of our mission and the Lay Chaplain fills a pivotal role in the life of our school through leading liturgy to supporting the pastoral care especially of our students to liaising with our family of schools and parishes.
Another vital role is leading the Chaplaincy Team of students and staff in order that we as a school community can live our Mission Statement in all that we say and do.
Our Parish Priest , Father Peter Harvey celebrates Mass in our ‘upper room’ bringing pupils and staff together, to gather the people, share the story and break the bread during lunch times once a month.Along side this, Mass is dedicated for the whole school community once a week by a variety of Priests.