De Mazenod Chapel – Roman Catholic/Ecumenical
De Mazenod Chapel is located in Laframboise Hall and is named after Eugène de Mazenod, bishop of Marseille and founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. It serves as the venue for all major liturgical celebrations that are found on the University calendar, such as the opening and closing masses, as well as the celebration of Advent and the beginning of Lent. The chapel is the largest in the University and is home to several Christian groups within the University community. Thus, the chapel hosts a wide variety of activities throughout the year. The following are some of those activities:
Roman Catholic Mass
Roman Catholic Mass is celebrated on Monday to Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. in De Mazenod Chapel.
Anglican Community Activities
The constituent liturgical activities of the Anglican Studies Program take place in De Mazenod Chapel. The Anglican community celebrates Eucharist in the chapel on Thursdays at 12:10 p.m., as well as at 8:10 a.m. on particular Holy Days such as The Epiphany of the Lord, The Holy Innocents, The Conversion of Saint Paul, The Presentation of the Lord, Ash Wednesday, and The Annunciation of the Lord, to name but a few. In addition, morning prayer is celebrated in De Mazenod Chapel with various members of the Anglican community alternating as presider. For scheduling or more information, please consult the Anglican Studies web page on the Saint Paul University website.
Other liturgical activities include evening prayer, which is held in De Mazenod Chapel or in the Chapel of Saints Joachim and Anne every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Evening prayer forms a central part of the University’s commitment to inter-Christian collaboration, set in the context of worshipping the Triune God. Eastern Catholics, Roman Catholics and Anglicans take turns leading Vespers each week.
Taizé is a form of ecumenical prayer that started in France during the aftermath of the Second World War. The unique feature of Taizé is an obvious commitment to expressing our love to God. Participants sing solemn verses taken from the oldest prayer book, the Book of Psalms; the verses are chanted repeatedly in order to cultivate interiority and a Logos-centric heart. Prayers are interspersed with readings from the Scriptures, reflections and extended periods of silence. This form of prayer has been particularly championed by Christian youth, though everyone is welcome to participate at Sacré-Coeur Parish in the Taizé Prayer of Ottawa.