A Message from Fr. Tyler Mattson, O'Gorman Junior High Chaplain
St. Paul describes his own journey of faith when he writes in his second letter to Timothy, “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me.” This is the same hope that we have for our students, that they live their faith well now and into the future.
Each Monday and Friday, we begin the academic day with prayer either led by myself, the Chaplain, or one of the faculty members. Beginning and ending the week with our focus on faith and prayer is essential. Our all-school Mass is celebrated every Wednesday at 1:15 pm in our converted gymnasium. We always welcome family and friends to join us in this celebration and worship. Each week a different priest from the Sioux Falls area comes to celebrate the Mass giving the students a wide variety of personalities, messages and encounters. The music for all our Masses is presented by a worship team made up of junior high students who do a wonderful job in leading us in song. Every first Friday of the month, Mass is offered at 7:30 am in the O’Gorman Junior High Chapel giving us one more opportunity to come together in prayer. Finally, during the Advent and Lenten Seasons, school-wide confessions are heard from a cadre of dedicated priests who live in and around Sioux Falls.
Our goal is to give our students the opportunity to know and understand the love of God in their lives through these and many more activities offered daily. It is a privilege for me to have the opportunity to work with these students!