Catholic Social Teaching is an integral component of our Catholic identity, and it provides a practical framework, developed from a growing body of church teachings ranging from the sacred scripture to church doctrines, to guide schools when confronted with social justice issues.
"Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).
Central to Catholic social justice teachings is the belief that all people are equal and should be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of race, gender, religion or ethnicity. Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wollongong have a strong commitment to social justice and students are encouraged and provided with opportunities to participate in activities focussing on moral decision-making; recognising that such decision-making can be both complex and demanding. Students are encouraged to work with compassion for justice in the world and to believe in their own potential to effect change. Many primary schools participate in 'Mini Vinnies', and secondary schools have active social justice groups, that conduct various projects and events. All schools actively participate in Project Compassion, the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal and Catholic Mission Month. Secondary students across the Diocese are given an opportunity to participate in a social justice day, where they are invited to explore The Australian Catholic Bishops Social Justice Statement of that year.
Faith in Action Guidelines
Catholic Schools are increasingly being confronted with competing demands from various charities and agencies within and beyond the Church. It is important that Catholic Schools prioritise their responses to these demands and consider the support needed by Catholic agencies who serve the marginalised and forgotten people of the world, when deciding which organisations will receive support in a particular school year. To assist schools with this decision making process the Faith in Action Guidelines have been developed.
Catholic Schools strive to create inclusive communities with equitable access for people of diversity, disability and socio-economic disadvantage. There is a commitment across the Diocese to participate in a range of outreach programs, which encourage members of the school community to be actively engaged in making a difference in our world and local communities through the See, Judge, Act model.
Community Engagement and Partnerships
Catholic schools are called to live in community with one and another. Evangelising, forming and educating future leaders of the world, requires a combined effort from families, parishes and agencies. By becoming more aware of their religious identity and spiritual heritage, students can appreciate the richness and necessity of community. Catholic Education Wollongong is committed to strengthening and entering into partnerships with mission, justice and welfare agencies that further enhance the engagement of Catholic school communities with the marginalised.