Education in Faith
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy.
Watch over us as we gather together each day
Help us to love through truth
We are blessed to have our school founded in the tradition of St Francis and in the name of Mary.
Help us to feel your love in it and in us.
As people of peace and hope the Gospels are the foundation of all that we do.
- The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.
- The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist
- The Sacrament of Confirmation.
The sacraments of Penance and Eucharist are received in Year 3 and the Sacrament of Confirmation is received in Year Six. Throughout their primary schooling, however, all children are brought to a deeper understanding of the sacramental life of the church.
Participation in sacramental liturgy (Mass) is also an important element of the children’s education in faith. Each Friday a year level prepares, and participates in, the regular parish mass, joining with members of our parish community to celebrate the Eucharist. On major feasts and special days, the whole school attends mass, again with parishioners, to celebrate, remember, pray and give thanks.
Student Liturgy leaders play an important role in the preparation of prayer services and masses and highlighting significant seasons, feasts or social justice actions and causes.
In living out Franciscan charism we actively support the following organisations:
- Our local St Vincent de Paul Society through food donation and a Christmas gift collection.
- Caritas Australia.
- The work of the Franciscan community of St Peter and Paul Parish, South Melbourne.
- Franciscan communities abroad who work with the poor.
Throughout the year our children are encouraged to take action to help those less fortunate. This may involve ‘raising awareness’ campaigns, activities to raise money, action linked to their Inquiry units (one group of students made cakes for distribution at the Franciscan food van). A highlight of our social justice commitment is the annual student-run social justice fair where all students contribute…..