God our Father,
You are always in our lives.
Bless our school and all its people, past and present.
Be with us in our work and play.
Jesus, be at my side and help me today.
Teach us all to think of others before ourselves,
So that we may live with understanding and respect.
Spirit of God, help us to treasure our past
And Guide us as we learn and grow together.
Mary, Mother of God,
We are under your care.
We ask you to pray with us.
The Religious Education Program at St. Mary's endeavours to help all children to develop a knowledge of God and assist them in developing a personal relationship with God. We do this by developing an awareness of God as a loving Father, as Jesus our friend and teacher, and as the Holy Spirit who guides and strengthens us.
Through liturgical celebrations the children have an opportunity to express their faith, grow in understanding in the traditions of the Church and experience a sense of community. Whole school liturgical celebrations mark special occasions and events in the Church year. Each class takes a turn at preparing and participating in the weekly celebration of the Parish Mass in the school chapel. Healing Masses are celebrated at school with the Parish community. The Sacrament of Reconciliation or liturgies of God's forgiveness are celebrated at school for all classes at least once a year.
The school supports the Parish in the Sacramental Program which follows the Diocesan Policy of being Family Centred, School Supported and Parish based.
St. Mary's follows the Diocesan Religious Education Curriculum ‘Journeying Together in Hope’. The curriculum is described in a framework covering doctrine from the Catholic Church. It covers eight strands: God; Jesus Christ; Scriptures; Church; Sacraments; Christian Prayer; Christian Life; Religion and Society.
The material and concepts presented take into account the different stages of faith development. There is a handbook available which provides material to assist parents in the religious education of their children.
At St Mary’s Parish we are committed to a Family centred, Parish based, School and Catechist supported Sacrament Program as outlined in the Sale Diocesan Policy. We believe that the Sacraments of Initiation are part of a process that takes place over many years. They begin with Baptism and include First Communion and Confirmation. The sacrament of Reconciliation is also celebrated during this time.
There are many people who play a role in this process, the children themselves, their parents, catechists, teachers and parishioners.
Our Catechists support candidates attending Government Schools, our teachers at St Mary’s prepare the children who attend St Mary’s School and the Parish participate in the celebration of these Sacraments. Regular workshops are held for families in preparation for each Sacrament.
Catechists are available for Sacramental preparation of children in the outlying communities.