“True Education aims at the formation of the human person. The person of each individual human being, in his or her material and spiritual needs, is at the heart of Christ’s teaching: this is why the promotion of the human person is the goal of the Catholic School.”
Source: John Paul II, Address to the First National Meeting of the Catholic School in Italy, L’Osservatore Romano, 24thNovember 1991.
We communally express our faith through:
- Daily Meditation
- Daily prayer in the classroom
- Staff Prayer
- Whole School Masses
- Class Reconciliation
- Year Level Liturgies
- Celebrating seasons such as Lent, Easter, Advent and Christmas
Sacramental programs are parish based, parish coordinated, family focused and school supported.
Each year the sacraments of Penance, Eucharist and Confirmation are celebrated in the Parish.
- Year 3 Sacrament of Peace
- Year 3 Sacrament of the Eucharist
- Year 6 Sacrament of the Confirmation
Outlined below are important aspects of the Parish based sacramental program at our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Palmerston.
A Parish based program caters to the needs of all participants. In this way children from all schools receive the same preparation for each statement. Catechists, parishioners and teachers from our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School, Sacred Heart Primary School and MacKillop Catholic College teach the lessons in the parish meeting room on weekends.
The parish based, family focused approach to sacramental programs is widely used throughout Australia as the preferred approach. This approach acknowledges the important role of parents and families in the whole preparation process. Parents are the first educators of children in the faith and traditions of the Catholic Church, and the Parish and School don’t replace the parental role. It is the family situations, the daily living, that confirms and actions what is taught during the sacramental program. So it is vital, for the continual spiritual growth of the child, that the family involve themselves in the sacramental life of the Parish.