As we get to the end of two challenging years in our Catholic schools, we are encouraging students and staff to reflect on how their faith, and the Catholic mission and identity of their school, has been part of that story. Here are some contributions from our school communities …
St Joseph’s have been working with the ‘Praying With Creation Prayer Collective’ over the past year, focussing on promoting prayer with, in and for creation so that our community can encounter God in an authentic and recontextualised way, relevant to our world today.
Please find our advice sheet for the Student Faith Voices project here
Additionally, you can download our document on media resources and advice here
Student Faith Articles
Some of our MACS publications over the past two years have also highlighted how our Catholic students have continued to explore aspects of their faith in a range of projects. Some of these are highlighted below, and include students writing prayers for our time, exploring their school charism, caring for those in need through Church agencies like St Vinnies and responding to wider Church teaching such as Pope Francis’ Laudato Si.
The students at St Therese’s School, Essendon, have been putting some reflective time into creating poetry about faith. Watch their video here.
Kolbe Catholic School delivers 500 face masks and heartfelt thanks
Kolbe College students identified the need for many important workers to have Covid face masks and so sprang into action. This community service is inspired by the example of its patron, St Maximilian Kolbe, who embodied service to others throughout his life. Read more about this here.
Stories of Refugee Week
Our schools take up the challenge of Catholic Social Teaching and the specific teaching of the Australian bishops to explore key issues in our world. The plight of refugees is one of those issues as can be seen in the work of the students at Sacred Heart College, Newtown, St Anthony’s School, Melton South, and MacKillop Catholic Regional College, Werribee. Read more about it here.
Vinnies Sleepout at home
Catholic schools support St Vinnies in many ways, and the annual Winter Sleepout in Covid times has been a challenge. But the students and families at Marymede Catholic College, South Morang, and Mount Lilydale Mercy College, Lilydale, were not daunted and still managed to experience a sense of solidarity with the homeless by having a sleepout at home: eating simple food, sleeping in a tent or on cardboard, on the patio or in the backyard. Read more about their experience here.
Many of our schools have taken up Pope Francis’ challenge in his encylical Laudato Si’ to Care for Creation …
Students at Our Lady of the Nativity School, Aberfeldie, spent a day replacing their screen time with ‘green time’. You can read more about their experience here.
At St John the Baptist School, Ferntree Gully, students from all grades have been involved in the Creation around them. The full article on this can be found here.
And the students from Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, Braybrook, demonstrated its commitment to Creation at a gala dinner. Read more about the gala here.