Spiritual Life

Daily Life

Spiritual growth doesn’t just happen by accident!  Growth in virtue and relationship with God takes commitment and practice.  As young people grow up, discover their interests, develop habits, and get busier and busier, it becomes increasingly important to make time for Christ everyday.  We encourage this at Immaculata in hope that our students’ faith will be an integral aspect of their daily lives during their high school years and throughout their lives.  Here are some of the ways we strive to achieve this:

  • Our staff gathers for morning prayer everyday.
  • All classes begin with prayer, led by either the teacher or a student.
  • Our chaplain, Fr. Cerlouie is committed to weekly visits to our school to provide counsel Sacrament of reconciliation after school on Tuesdays (3:00 PM), and Masses on Tuesday at 3:30.
  • Optional daily mass is offered after school in the chapel on Tuesdays for students, staff, and other Immaculata community members who wish to attend.
  • School-wide masses are held every month during the school year; classes rotate fulfilling the mass ministries for monthly masses. 
  • We celebrate mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in December and on Ash Wednesday to begin the season of Lent.
  • School-wide reconciliation services occur twice per year, one during Advent, and one during Lent.
  • Students attend a full day retreat during the school year with their entire grade.  The grade 12 retreat is traditionally an overnight retreat focused on faith, fellowship, and moving forward from high school.
  • Staff attends a full day retreat once per year, as well as the annual diocesan teachers’ conference which includes workshops on faith-focused professional development.
  • We welcome and recruit Catholic guest speakers to present during religion classes and school-wide assemblies.  In recent years, we have had presentations by Matt Fradd, Jason Evert, Michael Chaisson, and Stephanie Gray. We also have priests, religious, and lay people in regularly to assist with religion classes and Eucharistic celebrations. 

Teaching and encouraging faith in young people is one of our most important jobs at Immaculata.

Leadership & Service

Immaculata High School is all about teaching our students to put their best effort forward in all they do. Usually, in a school setting, people mainly think of this in terms of academics and perhaps sports. These are indeed integral to Immaculata but certainly not the end of it. We see our students beyond the textbooks and the gym floor. We see them as valuable individuals with a host of gifts and talents. It is our hope that these gifts and talents can be brought out in all our students so that they grow into the knowledge that they can individually make an impact on the world in all that they do. This ultimately creates young people who see themselves as leaders and instills in them the desire to use their skills and talents to give back to the community that has nurtured them.

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Our students are required to commit to a minimum of 30 hours of general community service each academic year. (Most far exceed this commitment by following their own hearts and giving many more hours than expected.) 
Regular participation in the St. Vincent de Paul Society
Our students work for social justice through the Global Opportunities Club
Our students support their local parishes by volunteering at church functions and serving in youth ministries. 
Immaculata is blessed to have a very supportive parent community that is quick to volunteer their own time and energies to support our school wherever and whenever they are most needed, providing an example that is truly hard to beat.

Many compliments come our school’s way each year as our students, through their many activities, proudly display their Immaculata colours, whether it’s through their uniforms, dress-up clothes or simply from the way that they carry themselves as they participate in the community. Students from Immaculata High are hard to miss.

Most importantly of all, our young people carry these attitudes and skills learned with them long after graduation. We know this by the sheer number of alumni who frequently drop in to visit or from those that publicly acknowledge Immaculata High as contributing to the successes they experienced in their lives. Without a doubt, choosing a Catholic Education at Immaculata High School makes a difference.

Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech…
Titus 2:7-8

Why Catholic Education?

Do Catholic schools matter?  How can a Catholic school compete?

By most standards, the kids that enter the public school system eventually leave it quite satisfied. And when you add in the many non-religious or private academies available you have to admit that there are many different choices when it comes to education.

And don’t forget home-schooling. It may be time consuming but what other alternative gives a parent total control over their child’s educational development from within the safety of their own home?

Just beyond the doors of our churches and our homes, the world waits. The popular culture of today is more dismissive and hostile towards Catholic teaching than ever. And as much as we would like to wish otherwise we can’t escape the reality that exists: It’s tough out there for Catholics and if we’re going to preserve and strengthen our faith we’re going to need all the help we can get. We’ll need our families, we’ll need our churches and we will most definitely need our schools.

No other educational choice offered can duplicate the communal academic environment rooted in Catholic theology and belief that Catholic schools can. Every day, our students attend classes under a “cloak of Christ,” simultaneously living in the world but remaining protected from the harsh storms of its failings. The sort of spiritual “safe habour” this provides will only increase their chances at leading happy, moral and peaceful lives in love and service to God.

Does it cost more? Yes, public funding is minimal, but its absence allows our schools the freedom to ensure that Catholic morals infuse the school curriculum. It’s a small price to pay to have God in our classrooms.

Our diocesan schools adhere to, and often exceed, all provincially-mandated educational standards. Together, they offer an experience in academics, the arts and athletics that is second to none. Our teachers and administrators are caring and talented professionals who work hard to model Catholic principles and teaching in their own lives each and every day.

Our community is only as strong as those inside it, and the more of us that unite together in Catholic education, the better our schools will become. If you have children or grandchildren that do not currently attend one of our BC Catholic schools please consider doing so.

Do Catholic schools matter? Only if our Faith does, and when you really think about it, that kind of says it all.

Parishes

We are blessed in Kelowna to have the support of many wonderful churches and parishes. Their tireless efforts on our behalf are sincerely appreciated.
They work hard to support Catholic education within our city each and every day.

Immaculate Conception Church

839 Sutherland, Kelowna V1Y 5X4
250-762-3910
iccoffice@shaw.ca

St Edward's Catholic Church

11123 E Okanagan Centre, Winfield V4V 1H3
250-766-3146
st.edwards@shaw.ca

St Pius X Church

1077 Fuller Ave, Kelowna V1Y 6X6
250-762-2587
spx@shawcable.com
 

The Dormition of the Mother of God
(Ukranian Catholic)

1091 Coronation, Kelowna V1Y 7A8
250-763-7447
parish@dormition.ca

Our Lady Of Lourdes

2577 Hebert Rd, West Kelowna V4T 2J6
250-768-5144
ololoffice@ololwestbank.ca

Elementary school:
www.olol-bc.com

St Charles Garnier Parish

3645 Benvoulin, Kelowna V1W 4M7
250-860-6776
charlesgarnier@gmail.com

Corpus Christi Parish

750 N Rutland, Kelowna V1X 3B7
250-765-6869
corpuschristikelowna.com