Celebrating the service of Special Religious Educators
|Representatives of Catholic schools whose students support parishes in providing SRE in state primary schools. Photos: Alfred Boudib.|
Catholic Outlook, September 2015
Last month’s annual Mass for the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) and presentation of service awards was a wonderful celebration and acknowledgement of the dedicated ministry of SRE personnel across the Diocese.
The Diocesan Administrator, Very Rev Peter Williams, was the principal celebrant for the Mass on 21 August at St Paul the Apostle Parish, Winston Hills.
Awards were presented to 58 SRE personnel whose length of service ranged from 15 to 40 years.
|Bishop Kevin with recipients of the Papal Award for 20 years of SRE service.|
More than 500 people attended the Mass, which was concelebrated by Bishop Emeritus Kevin Manning and 13 priests assisted by two deacons, two seminarians, an acolyte and altar servers.
Fr Peter spoke of the important evangelising role that SREs undertake on behalf of each parish.
The Diocesan CCD Director, Paul Worthington, spoke on behalf of the retired SRE Parish Coordinators and commended their service to their parishes, their SRE teams and their support for their parish priests.
Bishop Kevin presented the years of service and Papal Awards for the 20-year recipients. The Chair of the CCD Advisory Board, Fr Ian McGinnity, presented Graduate Certificates to Level 3 personnel.
|Fr Ian McGinnity with Level 3 award recipients.|
This year, parishes have also been supported by students from 18 Catholic secondary schools. More than 500 students are involved in teaching and supporting SRE parish teams.
These young people are a wonderful resource for the parishes and a great help to experienced SREs and certainly the students in state primary schools.
Paul Worthington will retire as CCD Director on 18 December. He was lavish in his praise for members of the diocesan CCD Team for their wonderful work as a servant ministry to the parishes.
It was excellent to see four CCD Regional Coordinators receive service awards for their commitment to their own parishes.
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