Faith & Spirituality

As well as being a centre of excellence in education, we are also a vibrant faith community.

The College is founded on the Josephite education: a pragmatic and contemporary methodology created by Mary MacKillop to create visionary learners.

Our Religious Identity

Our religious identity plays a key role in the life of the College:

  • Liturgy and daily prayers is inclusive of all students and their families
  • Celebrations of the Eucharist engage children and young people with age-appropriate liturgy
  • Formal Religious Education curriculum is the first learning areas at Caritas College for all students (Reception to Year 12) and is based on Crossways Curriculum for Catholic schools
  • Family-centered Sacramental celebrations and preparation take place with the College in partnership with parents and the All Saints Parish Community
  • The Made in the Image of God Human Sexuality Program is taught across the school R-12 in partnership with parents/caregivers
  • Social Justice focus to be central to the heart of the schools visit and hence the College commemorates National Reconciliation Week as a central celebration in the school calendar
  • Mary MacKillop Feast Day is celebrated in August and is our community founding day
  • St Joseph as Patron Saint of all Josephite schools is the model of servant leadership for students and staff – the spirituality of St Joseph, St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop) and Mary the mother of God, form the spirituality underlying all actions at Caritas College.

Building our Faith

Prayer is an important and spontaneous part of every day life at Caritas College.

Daily prayer takes place in home groups to begin the day. The rich symbolic life of our Catholic faith and tradition is celebrated in prayer through song, drama, music and dance.

Integral to our daily life at Caritas College are the symbols and rituals that enable students to grow in appreciation for their faith.

Liturgies are contemporary and student-led. Class, Year and school liturgies take place on a regular basis to celebrate the Seasons in the Church Year and feast days such as St Joseph, Saint Mary of the Cross (MacKillop). A Reconciliation Liturgy takes place each year during National Reconciliation week with members of the local indigenous community and families joining in out celebrations of Reconciliation.

Class and school celebrations of the Eucharist are celebrated both at school, in the chapel in addition to students joining the All Saints Parish Community for weekly celebrations.

Celebrating the Sacraments

Caritas College works in partnership with families and with the All Saints Parish Community in preparing students for the celebration of the Sacraments.

Year 3 students participate in the Reconciliation Sacrament program with a family celebration of forgiveness and celebration taking place at All Saints Parish Church. Parents and students are supported in their journey of faith through opportunities for discussion, reflection and practical celebrations.

Preparing for the Sacrament of Eucharist takes place in Year 4 with all students involved in the learning program. Parents work in conjunction with teachers and parish staff to prepare by participating in the parish liturgies in the weeks leading up to participating in the celebration of the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time at All Saints Parish.

Our students in Year 7 are invited to participate in preparing for the celebration of Confirmation. The emphasis on this Sacrament is on Christian service and witness with students actively engaged in learning within the local and diocesan church. An integral part of the learning program is participation at the Port Pirie Diocesan Mass of the Chrism held in St Mark’s Cathedral in Port Pirie during Holy Week. Students have the opportunity to interact with Bishop Greg O’Kelly and to proclaim their commitment to their faith and a renewal of baptismal promises.

Liturgy

The liturgical life of the school reflects the Church’s seasons with Lent, Easter, ordinary time and Advent celebrated in class and school liturgies.

The Josephite ethos of the College is expressed in the liturgies to honour the school’s charism and school liturgies are held to celebrate Saint Mary of the Cross (MacKillop) – the foundress of our school community.

Feast days enable students to develop and express their spirituality.

Our senior students celebrate the Feast of St Joseph the Worker – celebrating the value of work in their lives. Our middle school students celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart as they view the justice issues in their lives and develop a heart for justice. Our junior students celebrate their families in their liturgy at All Saints Church during the year.

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Social Justice and Outreach

Social justice and outreach are the hallmark of a healthy, vibrant Catholic school.

At Caritas, the Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission works closely with the Religious Education Coordination Team at Caritas College to ensure students are able to effectively participate in social justice action. The College community supports a number of justice groups including St Vincent De Paul with an annual Christmas Appeal and Winter Appeal.

Students actively participate in the Caritas Australia Project Compassion campaign as an integral part of their Religious Education Curriculum during the season of Lent.

Students in the Middle Years develop social justice actions during Advent when undertaking the Caritas Australia Advent Challenge with the aim of raising awareness and funds to support education in developing countries. MacKillop Day celebrations focus on raising social awareness of the Josephite Mission in Peru and students raise funds to support the development of education in Peru.

Students participate in the Caritas Ks event to raise awareness of the needs of developing countries particularly in relation to the need for infrastructure and education.

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