RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education is pivotal to everything that we do at St  Timothy’s. As well as the formal classroom religious education curriculum, the members of the school community are also encouraged to be involved in Prayer, Liturgy and the Sacramental life of the church. Daily meditation and Social Justice initiatives form an important part of our Religious Education program.

CLASS PROGRAMS

Our class programs are based on ‘Coming to Know, Worship and Love’,and  the New Religious Education Catholic Framework for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.  The formal curriculum involves the children in a variety of learning experiences to help them to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic traditions, prayers and sacramental life of the church. The children are encouraged to make connections with Gospel stories and the meaning of these stories in their own lives. They are assisted to develop inquiring minds and to develop a sense of wonder, to encourage them to continue to be life-long learners of their faith.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMS:

During their primary school years, the children are prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion/Eucharist and Confirmation.  At times, at the request of a child/parents, and in consultation with the Parish Priest, the opportunity is provided for the preparation to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

FIRST RECONCILIATION:

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated for the first time when the children are in Year four. The children who attend St  Timothy’s School are prepared as part of the classroom program. The children and parents from the school and the parish take part in a workshop and attend a Parish commitment Mass. They also take part in a reflection day. The Sacrament of (First) Reconciliation is celebrated with the parish community in the last week of term one or during Holy Week when possible. The parents are also able to arrange a time with Fr Rod for their child to receive this Sacrament in individual Reconciliation.

FIRST EUCHARIST:

The Sacrament of the Eucharist is celebrated for the first time when the children are in Year three. The children who attend St  Timothy’s School are prepared as part of the classroom program.The children and parents from the school and the parish take part in a workshop and attend a Parish commitment Mass.  They also take part in a reflection day. The Sacrament of the Eucharist is celebrated during parish Masses over a number of weekends during term three.

CONFIRMATION:

The Sacrament of  Confirmation is celebrated when the children are in year six. The children who attend St Timothy’s School are prepared as part of the classroom program. The children and parents from the school and the parish take part in a workshop and attend a Parish commitment Mass.  They also take part in a reflection day. The date for the celebration of this Sacrament is set by the Archdiocese, but traditionally it takes place in our parish during term two.


PRAYER:

Young people learn to pray through the experience of prayer. At St  Timothy’s we help the children to pray by praying with them and providing regular opportunities for prayer. Prayer tables are set up in each classroom and meditation occurs every morning.
As well as learning and using formal prayers such as Our Father and Hail Mary, the children are also encouraged to pray in an informal format, for example, prayers of praise, thanks or petitions. As part of prayer, they have opportunities to experience silence, stillness, movement, ritual and symbol.
Each day, the whole school starts the day with Christian meditation and prayer. At assemblies and for special days such as ANZAC Day, Mother’s Day, Fathers’ Day and the beginning/end of the school year, prayer services are celebrated as a very important component of our faith.
Meetings and parents’ sessions are started with a prayer. Regular prayer sessions are also very important for members of staff at the beginning of meetings.

LITURGY/MASS

The children are given the opportunity to prepare for and participate in a weekday Mass each term. Parents and friends are invited to attend these Masses. The members of the community are also invited to attend a Sunday Mass at the beginning of the school year.
The community is also invited to attend Commitment Masses and celebration Masses for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.  These Masses are celebrated on a Saturday night or Sunday morning in the parish church.

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