Located on the main floor of the 1927 building, our chapel is the spiritual center of the MCHS campus. The chapel is open every day for students, faculty & staff, and visitors to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. Fr. Bill Kessler, Chaplain, also keeps office hours in the chapel on Tuesdays-Thursdays.
Marquette will celebrate Mass every Wednesday in the 2021-2022 school year in the Marquette gymnasium. Our Catholic identity is what makes us who we are.
On the following occasions, all-school Masses will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church:
- First Day of School
- Solemnity of All Saints
- Ash Wednesday
- Catholic Schools Week
- Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Mass is also celebrated during theology classes and on retreat.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Sometimes a little calm and quiet prayer is what is needed to get through the day. Students, faculty & staff, and visitors find that quiet spot in our chapel in front of the tabernacle. On the third Wednesday of every month, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the altar for quiet adoration. Students with a pass are welcome to come to the chapel for adoration.
Daily Prayer & Blessings
Special blessings will be offered for the following groups:
- Each Day: Prayer if offered over the PA every morning after announcements. Teachers also pray with their students before each class. A Book of Prayer is outside the chapel where students may write special intentions they have. These intentions are prayed for during class Masses.
- New Drivers: During lunch hours on the last Wednesday of the month
- Athletes: During regularly scheduled pep rallies
- Thespians: Before rehearsal begins for the fall play & spring musical
- Prayer at Center Court: Before final exams
- Before Tests: Students & faculty can request the Campus Ministry staff to pray with their class.
Every student is required to attend their class retreat. Students who cannot attend due to illness will schedule a make-up retreat with the Campus Minister. Every effort must be made to make sure medical appointments, college visits, or vacations do not conflict with the retreats. This year's retreats will be presented by the REAP Team of St. Louis. The retreat dates are as follows:
- Freshmen: September 19
- Sophomores: October 24 (girls only); October 25 (boys only)
- Juniors: March 12
- Seniors: During the Senior Mission Week, April 23-27
First Friday Rosary
All are welcome to join us on the First Friday of each month at 7:50 AM in the chapel to pray the rosary. This devotion has been prayed monthly since 2004. Seven seniors began praying the rosary together asking the Blessed Mother to intercede as Marquette faced an enrollment crisis. Their prayers were heard and we continue to pray for new students and the needs of our school family.
Novena for the 100th anniversary of the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima
October 13 marks the 100th anniversary of Our Lady appearing to 3 shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. 70,000 people were present to witness this miracle. We will begin our novena on October 3 and pray the novena for 9 school days which will end October 13, the last day of the first quarter.
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross may be found in the chapel. Prayer books are available to help guide your prayer. The entire student body prays the Stations on the Wednesday of Holy Week.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Each class will have a penance service before Christmas and Easter. Priests from surrounding parishes hear confessions and grant absolution. Individual confessions will be heard on the first Wednesday of the month in the chapel during lunch hours or stop by to see Fr. Bill any time.
Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
Fr. Bill welcomes anyone who is ill or injured (body or soul) to come to the chapel for prayer. He is prepared to anoint those who seek out this sacrament.
Every year students ask how they can become Catholic. There are also Catholic students who have not completed their initiation through the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist or Confirmation. The Campus Ministry office and Theology Department is ready to help! The explanation is too long to list here since every situation is unique. Talk to one of the Campus Ministry staff and we'll point you in the right direction!
Religious Vocation Discernment
High school is a growing time physically, emotionally, & spiritually. Students who feel they are being called to be a religious brother, sister or priest have a lot of questions about what to do next. We will pray with you through this time of searching. We can also help you contact the Vocation Directors for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois or the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Campus Ministry Staff
Fr. Bill Kessler, Chaplain; priest for the Diocese of Springfield of IL; pastor of St. Alphonsus Church, Brighton & St. John the Evangelist Church, Medora. Fr. Bill is a 1989 graduate of MCHS and was ordained in 1999. He has been the Chaplain at MCHS for 6 years.
Father Paul Kallal OMV, Campus Minister; entered Our Lady of Grace Seminary in September 2013. He professed perpetual vows in February 2019, was ordained a deacon in June 2019, and completed his priestly ordination in August 2020. This is his first year as Campus Minister at Marquette.