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Faith and Learning

Catholic Studies

Bishop James Mahoney High School is a Catholic high school and as such, the life and activities of the school are to be filled and governed by the Spirit of the Gospel. They are to flow out of and express the underlying mission of the school.

Catholic Studies is an integral and vital part of the education and formation of each student in the school. Participation in the Catholic Action Plan will be required for all students.

The aim of Catholic Studies is for students to understand, value, and engage in their faith so that they may hear an invitation, or deepen their commitment, to live as followers of Jesus Christ. Throughout all grades, students investigate, apply and reflect on various aspects of these actions which call upon the Church to: 

  •      proclaim Jesus Christ; 
  •      worship Christ through the sacraments; 
  •      form a communion of people; 
  •      give witness, and 
  •      serve. 

Chaplaincy

Bishop James Mahoney High School is founded on Catholic Christian beliefs and at the heart of our philosophy is the opportunity for every student and staff member to grow in faith and be given support in life’s journeys. Mr. Uhyn, our school chaplain, helps provide this opportunity by:

  •      being present to staff and students in the development of their own faith lives;
  •      building community and celebrating faith in the school and with the greater community;
  •      coordinating prayer, liturgical services, and daily devotions for the school;
  •      providing prayer support for people in all of life’s circumstances;
  •      preparing masses and liturgical celebrations including Divine Liturgy, and
  •      collaborate in coordinating charitable activities such as food and clothing collections.

With the other members of the school community, our chaplain plays an important role in spiritual guidance by providing support, comfort and direction, ministering to the sick, visiting bereaved families and remembering them in school prayers, helping students new to Bishop James Mahoney High School and helping students who are experiencing difficulties at home or in school.

Our School Prayer

Lord God, we come together today and every day to build a community of love and faithfulness in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

You have bestowed many blessings upon us. In thankfulness and gratitude, may we use our talents and gifts always to bring glory and honor to You.

Help us to strengthen our triune bond between home, school and church. Lord, we ask you to be with us as we continue to build our Bishop James Mahoney High School family. Send Your Spirit upon us today and always. May our actions and our words reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ. We make this prayer through the Holy Spirit. Amen. All Saints: Pray for us.


Our Namesake

Bishop James Mahoney was born in Saskatoon on December 7th 1927. He was the youngest of four children. He attended St. Paul's Elementary school and City Park High school. For college he attended St. Peter's in Muenster. He was later sent to attend St. Peter's seminary in London. He was given minor orders in the year 1950 and on June 7th, 1952 he was ordained to priesthood in St. Paul’s Cathedral by Bishop Klein. He then served as an assistant for nine years at St. Paul's. He later became the Pastor of Delisle where he stayed for four years. He was also an administrator in Colonsay for one year. In total, he taught as an educator for eleven years. He was a priest for about 42 years, and a bishop for about 27 years. He was the bishop of Saskatoon from 1967 until 1995. 

At the time of his ordination, Bishop James Mahoney was the youngest member of the Canadian hierarchy. He was 39 years old at the time. Throughout his life, Bishop James Mahoney was a part of many things. While working as an educator, he became the first principal at Holy Cross High school in Saskatoon. He was a preacher at retreats, he was a lecturer, and he campaigned for separate school rights . He was involved in graduate work in sociology at the Catholic University of America which is located in Washington, D.C. 

On December 13th, 1967 Father Mahoney was ordained a Bishop by Bishop Klein, his predecessor. The Archbishop Phillip F. Pocock, and Archbishop Michael C. O'Neill were also present at his ordination. Following his ordination he became an important guest at many various receptions, and was also the subject of interviews. In 1968, Bishop Mahoney appointed Monsignor Robinson as the Vicar General. 

The following year, Bishop Mahoney started on an ecumenical venture where he, along with Bishop Ford and Dr. and Mrs. E. H. Baergen came together to form the New Sherbrooke Community Society. This society allowed the Sherbrooke Nursing home to remain active in the community. 


 In 1973 the clergy along with ten others from thirty-five different parishes met at Holy Cross High School to discuss establishing diocesan and parish priorities. They also discussed a document for the 1974 Synod of Bishops which was titled "The Evangelization of the Modern World." In the end it was a success because it had come from a list of needs and priorities.
 
 In 1974 Bishop Mahoney invited the parishes to consider sharing a fund called “Inter Parish Co-responsibility", because resources that were available to parishes were uneven. His idea was to attempt providing a fund from which parishes could balance budgets. By September of that year, the diocese that had been laid out years earlier had been affected. Five pastorial regions had now been created. The five regions were: 1. Saskatoon Rural West, 2. Saskatoon Rural South, 3. Saskatoon City West, 4. Saskatoon City East, and 5. Saskatoon Rural East.
 
 In 1979 Bishop Mahoney began active participation in a Refugee Sponsorship for the unfortunate people who had fled from South East Asia . The following year he visited the mission Uniao dos Palmares, along with Father Bernard de Margerie. When they returned to Saskatoon, Bishop Mahoney advised that the Senate of Priests stay involved and committed to the Brazilian mission at least until 1988. 

In 1981, the bishop's residence on College Drive was sold to the Cancer Society in order for it to be converted into a hostel for cancer patients that needed to receive treatment. Bishop Mahoney then moved to another residence located on Spadina Crescent. 

Bishop James Patrick Mahoney died March 2nd, 1995 at the age of 62.


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