Service to the Wider Community

The Catholic Church has a two thousand year history of giving service to the wider community. This service is founded on the example of the life of Jesus Christ and his teachings. It is also strongly exemplified in the work of those members of religious communities who dedicate their whole lives to the caring professions, e.g. health and education.

 

Staff and students in Catholic school communities base their mission on this model of service. They actively participate in and contribute to a variety of activities and that aim to serve and assist others, especially those in most need.

Love one another as I have loved you. John 13.

Leadership actions

School leaders emulate the model of Jesus Christ in providing service to the larger community. For example, they:

  • Develop an awareness and understanding of community needs among school staff and students, especially the needs of the marginalised and disadvantaged
  • Promote and support the work of Catholic welfare organisations and other community service groups
  • Actively witness to Catholic ideals through mobilising staff and students to build and participate in school-sponsored outreach programs
  • Mobilise teachers and students to respond, in a variety of practical ways, to the pastoral needs of the parish and wider community
  • Initiate and facilitate programs and processes that involve the school in caring for the spiritual and practical needs of the lonely and the marginalised.

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