School Chaplaincy Leader: Wayne Lachapelle
Phone: 905-335-1544 x 1098

Notre Dame is affiliated with the following local churches:

The Chaplaincy team at Notre Dame consists of:

  • School Chaplain – Wayne Lachapelle
  • Local pastors
  • Several Notre Dame staff
  • Notre Dame students who express an interest in assisting with school Liturgies, Retreats, Social Justice and other programmes.

The Chaplaincy Leader offers a professional service of pastoral support and care for the school community and is a visible sign of the school’s commitment to the spiritual and religious needs of students and staff. This ministry includes the following services:

Pastoral Care

The Chaplaincy Leader ministers to students and staff who may be experiencing personal crisis, hospitalization, and bereavement. Together with other staff, the chaplain coordinates a Pastoral Team that plans and implements programs and events for the school or local community.

Liturgical Coordination

The Chaplaincy leader coordinates school Masses and prayer services. Notre Dame is fortunate to have a lovely chapel. The Blessed Sacrament is reserved within the chapel throughout the school year.

Spiritual Development

The Chaplaincy leader organizes classroom visits, offers retreats for staff and students, and coordinates special events and speakers throughout the year, all of which nurture the spiritual life of the school community. Important issues, such as chastity, pro-life, the Third World, self-esteem, etc. are addressed in the school in a variety of ways. Opportunities for reconciliation and spiritual counseling are regularly available to students and staff. The school’s pastoral ministry strives to be sensitive to those of other Christian denominations and religions.

Community Outreach

The Chaplaincy leader is one of the staff advisors for the Social Justice Committee. This committee involves students in volunteer activities such as: Thanksgiving Food Drive, fundraising efforts during Advent and Lent, an annual 25-hour ThinkFast; and much more. As well, the chaplain attends meetings at the deanery and regular meetings with the other chaplains from the Halton Catholic Board, creating a collegial and collaborative approach to high school ministry.