Community formation resources on the Instruction
Since education is a right for everyone, the [Second Vatican] Council called for the responsibility of all. (The Identity of the Catholic School for a Culture of Dialogue (ICS) #12).
Lumen Gentium considers the school not so much as an institution but as a community.
The whole school community is responsible for implementing the school’s Catholic educational project as an expression of its ecclesiality and its being a part of the community of the Church. (#38).
Formation for mission is a process for all the community. Open to “all peoples [to promote] the complete perfection of the human person, the good of earthly society and the building of a world that is more human” (Gravissimum educationis, #3).
As such community formation needs to be systematic, collaborative, graduated and ongoing.
It is necessary for parents to co-operate closely with teachers, getting involved in decision-making processes concerning the school community and their children, and participating in school meetings or associations. (#44).
All those involved in Catholic education
…need a “formation of the heart”: they need to be led to that encounter with God in Christ which awakens their love and opens their spirits to others, so that their educational commitment becomes a consequence deriving from their faith, a faith which becomes active through love (cf. Gal 5:6) (Educating Together in Catholic Schools, #25).
Formation for mission in Catholic education:
- Is “formation of the heart” that is characterised by prayerfulness and reflection
- Is respectful, experiential and relevant, building on participants’ personal story and everyday reality
- Is explicitly Christological, scripturally rich and ecclesially grounded
- Has an affective focus on a person’s faith journey and discipleship
- Has substantive theological content
- Sets out to build communal Catholic religious identity and culture
- Is differentiated according to individual and community needs
- Promotes personal vocation, connection with the Catholic tradition and responsiveness to mission
- Develops the willingness, confidence and capacities of participants in their roles to serve the evangelising mission of Catholic school education.