RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Catholic Identity and Mission

Religious Education is central to the practice of our faith and our Catholic identity. Therefore we value opportunities to gather as a Parish school community.

At St Joseph’s we do this by:

  • Teaching Religious Education daily.
  • Regularly attending Mass as a whole school.
  • Participating in Class Masses.
  • Supporting the mission of Jesus Christ through word and action.
  • Celebrating Feasts Days and Special Masses.
  • Christian Meditation and Prayer.
  • Mass with Vincent Court.

Prayer and Christian Meditation

At St Joseph’s our students participate in daily prayer and Christian Meditation. Prayer is a part of the ritual and tradition of our Catholic faith and our school. When we pray, we take time for ourselves and for God. We can give thanks for all the good things in our lives and ask our Lord for guidance and support.

Christian Meditation aims to teach children to find God in stillness, silence and simplicity. Or as the Old Testament says: Be still and know that I am God.

Learn more about Christian Meditation here http://www.cominghome.org.au/

Sacramental Program

At St Joseph’s we consider it a privilege to share with you in your child’s faith journey. This includes the various stages of initiation into the full life of the Church.

Children receive detailed instruction and preparation for each of the Sacraments.

Our presentation of the Sacraments takes place throughout the following years:

  • Confirmation- Year 2 will receive this Sacrament
  • Holy Communion- Year 3 will receive this Sacrament
  • Penance- Year 3 students will receive this Sacrament.

A Parent Information night will be conducted for each Sacrament and is facilitated by both the school and the Parish who work together to support the children on their faith journey.

Information regarding the Sacraments is published via the Parish Bulletin and School Newsletter.

Parish Children’s Choir

St Joseph’s has a proud tradition as providers of music ministry at Parish Masses through the Parish Children’s Choir. On a regular basis, the school led Choir provides the Music at Sunday Mass. Open invitation to join the Choir is extended to all students, staff and parish children. The roster is communicated through the Macleay Valley Parish Bulletin and reminders are noted in School Newsletters. We encourage all members of our community to attend.