Here at St Joseph’s, Catholic values underpin all areas of the curriculum and school life so that students are supported as they grow in their own self-belief.
Our Religious Education program focuses on students coming to know Jesus and our Catholic tradition. This includes participating in and hosting Mass, prayer, and liturgical celebrations throughout the year. We also work closely with our parish and pastors at Mary Immaculate Church in Quakers Hill. Sacramental programs for the preparation of students for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation are conducted in our parish.
We reach out to those in our local and wider community by participating in social outreach and charitable works opportunities such as Project Compassion, Catholic Mission, projects run by Vinnies as well as other community appeals. By doing so, we hope to instil in our students a love for God, themselves, others and their world.
Our school follows the rich Catholic tradition and is fully immersed in the Catholic rituals. This means, on a practical level, that prayer takes a central focus in our school community. We come together as a whole school every Monday morning to recite our school prayer.
Religious Education lessons are an integral part of our teaching and learning. We base religious instruction on the Religious Education program which has been endorsed by the Bishop of the Parramatta Diocese, and is mandatory across all Parramatta Catholic systemic schools. More information on the syllabus is available by contacting our school’s Religious Education Coordinator.
We maintain regular contact with our pastors at Mary Immaculate Church, Quakers Hill. We are involved in parish Masses and in numerous Liturgies of the Word and Reconciliations, which are celebrated on our school premises. The students and staff are involved in the planning and organisation of these religious celebrations.
Parents are always welcome and encouraged to attend.
Initiation into the life of the church is a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful. The whole community is responsible for passing on its faith, story, values, and tradition to the next generation. And it is the role of the whole community to introduce its children into the sacramental life of the church.
The preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist are parish-based. The parish-based, family-centred process is to provide opportunities for parents to come together, and inquire and reflect upon the faith into which their children are being initiated.
A sacramental team has been established by the Mary Immaculate parish to assist in coordinating the preparation of the children for the sacraments. It is the responsibility of parents, in conjunction with the parish priest and sacramental team, to assess the readiness of their child for the sacraments.
Students in Year 3 receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Year 4 students receive the First Eucharist. And students in Year 5 receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Children in higher grades may be included in these programs upon request.
The teaching staff from St Joseph's make every effort to be involved.