Parishes and schools 'united in youth evangelical mission'
|St Bernadette's Lalor Park Parish Priest Fr Andrew Robinson (centre) with St Patrick's Primary Blacktown Principal Kevin Mills and St Bernadette's Primary Lalor Park Principal Cheryl Walsh.|
|The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, addresses the meeting.|
Priests and Catholic School Principals from the Diocese of Parramatta have met to discuss initiatives and take up a united challenge to further enhance youth evangelisation within the Diocese.
The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, gave an address at the annual Priests and Principals Meeting on 11 November, on 'Catholic schools as centres of the new evangelisation' - a key theme from the 2007 Pastoral Letter of the Bishops of NSW/ACT, Catholic Schools at a Crossroads.
Bishop Anthony said Catholic schools today need to be challenged to rethink their role in the evangelisation of young people as a result of changes in their context, nature and mission.
"The Bishops have asked Catholic educationalists and pastors, as well as the broader Catholic community, to join them in recommitting to Catholic schooling in this new context," Bishop Anthony said.
"And they challenge us to ensure that those schools are truly Catholic in their identity and life, are centres of the new evangelisation, enable our students to achieve high levels of Catholic religious literacy and practice, and are led and staffed by people who will contribute to these goals."
Bishop Anthony spoke about the new evangelisation as a mission for the whole Church, including collaboration between schools, Parishes and families.
"Schools and Parishes must work together, as seamlessly as possible, in a united evangelical mission to our young people,’ Bishop Anthony said.
Reflecting on the core mission of Catholic Education
Teacher Peter Woods and a group of secondary students from St Edmund’s College in Canberra presented a case study about the youth ministry program the college introduced in 2002. The program later became the model of formation for a network of 16 schools across Australia that are part of Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia (CSYMA).
|St Monica's North Parramatta Parish Priest Fr Fernando Montano Rodriguez (centre) with St Monica's Primary North Parramatta Principal Michael Hopley and Corpus Christi Primary Cranebrook Assistant Principal Louise O'Donnell.|
Relieving Executive Director of Schools in the Diocese, Sue Walsh, said that the gathering was a valuable opportunity to further the conversation between school and Parish communities."This meeting gives us the time to reflect on the core mission of Catholic education and the traditions, values and faith needs of the families and students in our care," she said.
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