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Our Catholic Identity

‘The Catholic school is the principle educational arm of Catholic families, parishes and the wider Church for those generally aged under eighteen. It is there to assist parents and parishes in their educational, evangelical and catechetical mission, as well as to help the wider community in its educational and civic service.’ 
(Catholic Schools At A Crossroads, 2007) 

Our Lady Help of Christians Parish School is named after Mary, Our Lady Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia. We celebrate her feast on May 24. 

At Our Lady Help of Christians Parish School we nurture and are proud of our strong Catholic Identity. We pride ourselves on being a Catholic school community of faith, love and learning. We enjoy an empowering relationship with our Parish Priest, Fr Sarkis and the wider parish community as we work in partnership to promote and develop the faith life of our students, staff and families.

The staff, students and parents, together with the wider parish community join together on many occasions to share, reflect upon and celebrate their faith through Mass, prayer, liturgies and Sacramental celebrations. The school environment reflects our Catholic identity with a beautiful Sacred Garden, a Prayer Garden and sacred spaces in classrooms being central to the faith life of the school. The school is also fortunate to have the Church in close proximity and it remains a focal point for our faith celebrations. The implementation of quality Religious Education programs that help lay the foundation for lifelong faith is given high priority and the Catholic dimension is integrated into all other subject areas, relationships and the daily life of the school. Staff are also aware of, and value, their role in receiving and proclaiming the Good News by word and deed, and by the example of their lives and are committed to ensuring that our school is a centre of the new evangelisation. 

‘Living the life of Jesus Christ implies…a living spirituality and authentic morality,strengthened by the word of God in Scripture and celebrated in the Sacramentsof the Church. When Christians live the life of Christ with deeper faith, their hope grows stronger and their charity more radiant. That was the goal of the Synod, and it is the goal of the new evangelisation to which the Spirit is summoning the wholeChurch…The present generation of Christians is called and sent now to accomplisha new evangelisation among the peoples of Oceania, a fresh proclamation of the enduring truth evoked by the symbol of the Southern Cross. This call to mission poses great challenges, but it also opens new horizons, full of hope and even a sense of adventure.’ 

(Ecclesia in Oceania 2001, 8 and 13)