St Conval’s Primary is very blessed to have its own oratory. The name ‘oratory’ comes from the Latin word ‘orare’, which means ‘to pray’. This sacred space, at the heart of our school building, is a place for prayer: a place to pray together, a place to pray alone.
When St Paul wrote about the Church in his first letter to the Corinthians, he described it as a body, made up of different parts. In many ways, our school oratory is a reminder of St Paul’s analogy as so many different members of our school and parish community contributed to its creation:
Mr Ball, our dedicated janitor, removed the fixed shelving from the room and gave it a fresh coat of paint.
The altar was made many years ago by the father of our parish priest and school chaplain, Fr John Carroll.
The altar cloth was made by the mother of Mrs Campbell, one of our teachers.
Mrs Coll, one of our Support for Learning Workers, fitted the stained-glass film to the window, re-covered the bench seating and prepared the Dove of Peace banner, ready for hanging.
Mrs Campbell, one of our teachers, framed the fourteen Stations of the Cross.
Mr Young, our Head Teacher, donated the icon of Our Lady as well as the wooden box which holds our monthly prayer intentions.
The lectionary and missal were very kindly purchased and donated by St Mary’s parish.
The ciborium and chalice were donated by Fr Len Purcell who served as a priest in St Mary’s parish for a period of time.
Whether during a prayer service, the celebration of Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation or simply a time of private prayer and reflection, may our oratory be a place where all members of our school and parish community experience the love and the presence of God.
‘Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One is here.’