EVANGELISATION PLAN MOTHER TERESA CATHOLIC SCHOOL BALDIVIS 2015-17
School Vision School Vision: Mother Teresa Catholic School is an inclusive learning community seeking to grow strong in faith and love. In living the Gospel values and inspired by Mother Teresa’s spirit of outreach and love for all human beings, we aim to CHALLENGE our students and all in our school community to CONNECT with learning about ourselves, one another and the wider world, and CONTRIBUTE with confidence, courage and creativity towards making the world a better place for all peoples
CHRIST IS THE FOUNDATION
A. THE PRIMARY PROCLAMATION (1) Sacred Focus
(Classroom prayer centre, chapel, crucifix etc
1. Classroom Prayer Space
2. Sacred Symbols
(‘Etiquette’, an expression of reverence) A Sense of the Sacred Maintain a prayer focus in a prominent position in classroom Prayer focus reflects Unit of Work and/or liturgical season Time is allocated to focus on the prayer table during class prayers & reflections
Teach the use of traditional Christian symbols during prayer (e.g. statues, crucifix, rosary beads) Use symbols on prayer focus table & classroom; focus on these during prayer
Bowing before entering the sanctuary at church Silence after Gospel reading, homily & communion Treat Bible with respect compared to other books – storage, handling, etc.
4. Church Etiquette
Sitting quietly before Mass begins. Walking reverently through the church. Bow before receiving communion & blessings Kneel quietly & upright during Eucharistic Prayer
Bless oneself with holy water upon entering& leaving the church and prayer times. Genuflect (or bow) correctly before taking place in pew. Cross three times before Gospel at Mass.
6. Priority Awareness of God’s presence in … ~ creation
Taking more pride in the presentation of school grounds. Establish new gardens ~ become part of creation!
Learning to give to missions without any gain (e.g. donate without free dress, etc.) Understanding how to live the school rules when showing respect toward others & their property Understanding that the school and its families are a part of the Parish.
3. Sacred Etiquette
Understanding the meaning behind Catholic symbols, etiquette and rituals.
Opportunities for Professional and Faith Development ( CEO, Parish Priest) Staff reflection and retreat days. Encourage, support and provide opportunities for staff to undertake Accreditation studies.
A. THE PRIMARY PROCLAMATION (2) The Liturgical Year Theme
(Feast, event, etc)
(Assembly, newsletter, etc)
Ash Wednesday Lent
Ascension Pentecost Body & Blood of Christ
Assumption of Mary Birth of Mary Month of Rosary (October)
All Saints/Souls Days Advent
Mass/Liturgy with distribution of the ashes Project Compassion Do good deeds of kindness toward others Mass or Prayer liturgy Stations of the Cross Acknowledge @ assembly Mass/Liturgy for Pentecost Celebrate FHC on this day Emphasise Mary’s sainthood with celebratory day incl. prayer School Mass Prayer Service Pray parts of the rosary during October. Distribute rosary beads
Church Through class Create Lenten calendars Church/school
School Church with parish Church with parish School
School grounds Assembly Assembly/Daily gatherings
Church with parish Assembly
School Mass with reference to chosen Confirmation saints Advent Wreath prayer service held each Monday in late Term 4 Nativity Scene becomes a prayer focus in each class Nativity Play & carols remain a focus at End-of-Year Concert
Promote understanding the story behind the feast days celebrated Develop understanding of and forms of prayer. Dedicated time within staff meetings for knowledge and faith development. 6
B. Believing Community - An Apprenticeship The Creed Select EXPERIENCES from…… God: The Father The Creator
Jesus Christ: Incarnation The Paschal Mystery The Holy Spirit:
Belief to be proclaimed (Identify experience)
The Spirit in the Church: Experiences of God Communion of Saints
Forgiveness of sins Resurrection of the body
God created the universe We are made in image of God
Jesus was born man Jesus died and rose from the dead.
The Holy Spirit strengthens us with the gifts.
The Church acknowledges special people living as Jesus did God wants us to be with Him as part of his Church
Feast / Event
Pentecost Sunday Confirmation
NAIDOC ~ link to land Arbor Day or WA Week Birth of a child.
All Saints & Souls Day Feast Day of Mother Teresa - Sept 5
Witness: Way the belief is to be proclaimed e.g. newsletter, school prayer, etc Nature walks Establish new gardens around the school. Acknowledge & celebrate new births in school community
Emphasise birth of Jesus by Mary & God by: 1) Pray Joyful Mysteries 2) Nativity plays & display sets in classroom
Empasise Jesus’ resurrection from death by: 1) Acting out Stations of the Cross (incl. 15th) 2) Pray Sorrowful & Glorious Mysteries
Celebrate Pentecost Sunday with the parish focusing on Church’s birthday Celebrate annual Confirmation for Yr 6 as a school
Celebrate feast days liturgically & secularly
Emphasise the welcoming of new school community members
Celebrate the sacrament of Penance before sacraments & during seasons of Lent & Advent Link to the Virtues programme.
God loves us so much He will always forgive us
Staff participate in exploring the Apostles Creed and familiarisation of the Nicene Creed 7
Staff PD on the Virtues. Staff training on Making Jesus Real
B. CELEBRATING COMMUNITY - An Apprenticeship A Sacramental Life Select EXPERIENCES from……
Belief to be proclaimed
Welcomed into God’s Family
We receive the gifts of the Spirit
Eucharist Eucharistic Devotion
Jesus is truly present
We are reconciled with God & his family
Celebrating How will our school promote the sense of the sacred in its liturgies?
Use the Paschal Candle and Baptismal Font in appropriate liturgies. Units of Work to show link to Sacraments being celebrated – across the school. Focus each year on 2 gifts & fruits Focus on attributes of saints during All Saints &Confirmation
Witness How will our school help students to participate actively?
Always reflect on the opportunity that is offered by Christ through each particular liturgy.
Re-enact Baptisms or participate in real one whenever possible.
Reflect on what we have to offer God from this liturgy.
Focus on gifts/fruits during assembly prayer in lead up to Conf.
Use the water blessing as the penitential rite in school masses
Periods of prayerful silence to show reverence
Talk about gifts during Confirmation build up – how these make you more like Jesus (fruits)
All masses use PPt to encourage participation
Teach with understanding the Act of Contrition & The Confiteor
Use books for practice & actual Mass readings
Treat Bible in classroom as a very special book.
Encourage attendance at weekend masses.
Anointing Holy Orders
Liturgies of the Word
We are people of the Book
Focus on rituals & etiquette for receiving communion Sacrament of Penance offered during Lent in class as a Lenten liturgy
Use lectionaries & Book of Gospel rather than copies.
Praying How will our school help students to respond actively to the ritual?
Insist on silence & teach prayers to say before/after communion
Regular class and school liturgies/masses.
Pray Examinations of Conscience or the Examen more often at end of day/week
Process in with Lectionary or Book of Gospels at each Mass 9
Use these books at all masses for readings
PD to develop: A stronger understanding of the Mass and how to participate. A clearer understanding of the Sacraments of Initiation.
Include prayer and/or the mass as a part of celebrations of school life.
B. PRAYING COMMUNITY - An Apprenticeship Prayer Formal Prayer 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
School Prayer Lord’s Prayer Hail Mary Act of Contrition Apostle’s Creed Glory be … Gloria The Confiteor Grace before meals Angelus ( be aware of) The Rosary Special Occasion Prayers (e.g. Mother Teresa, Mary MacKillop)
When integrated into the school day
Informal Prayer 1. Prayers of the Faithful/Intercessions 2. Spontaneous 3. ‘Homemade’ prayers from students
Major assemblies Daily gatherings Class prayers – morning and afternoon School & Class Mass & Prayer Services Sacramental liturgies Use sung versions if available During specific liturgical seasons
When integrated into the school day
Daily gatherings Class prayers Within units of work - thematic
Know difference between prayer (to/about God) & reflection (human journey) “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I..” Mt 18:20 Using Reflective prayer and the Examen
B. CHRISTIAN LIVING COMMUNITY - An Apprenticeship Life of Christ Select EXPERIENCES from …
Growth in virtue
Sin/ God’s mercy
Human relationship with society
Harmony with God
Harmony with Creation
Harmony within The First Great Christian Commandment (the first three) The Second Great Christian Commandment (the other 7)
Each reflects God by …
Belief to be proclaimed
Aspects of Person
Harmony with Others
To develop everdeepening intimate relationships through Jesus Christ, the Son of God
God created human nature to reflect the ‘mastery’ over creation of its Creator
God created human nature as a physical & spiritual unity. True harmony grows as this unity develops in one’s thoughts, words & actions
God created human nature to reflect its Creator who is Trinity, reflecting the communion of the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit
Seeking personal experiences of God made possible through Christ’s means instituted within the community worship and life of his Church
Critiquing & challenging current beliefs & values in context of the Bible
To appreciate the good and the beautiful in creation
Care for school grounds Take part in local community actions
Emotionally as one reflects God by moving people to express the spiritual within through selfless love & goodness – by recognising & understanding their emotions & choosing when & how to follow these
Respect for every person – their equality & their differences
Making Jesus Real Programme Put teachings from RE units into daily practice at school, and assist children to do the same.
Focus on charity for local needs without receiving anything in return Look after those in our community Practise ‘Wherever you see a need, do something about it’
Using the example set by Mother Teresa, Saint Mary Mackillop of The Cross as foundation for staff retreat opportunities. 12
APPENDICES EVANGELISATION PLAN for STAFF & STUDENT FORMATION A school Evangelisation Plan should be for three years, but reviewed annually. It cannot do everything: priorities have to be established based upon student needs, staff capacity and resources. What realistically can be achieved in three years needs to be borne in mind at all times. A student strategy may need to be delayed where prerequisite staff formation is needed lest staff not know what they need to do. Where the religious life of the school is concerned, the priority needs to be empowering students and staff to participate. This includes understanding the meaning of all rituals and prayers. Rationale An Evangelisation Plan is a deliberate means to make real in the practical daily life of the school the revelation of God’s will. It is an inventory of what the school is doing and what is going on to ensure that we are enhancing the Good News of Jesus. The plan articulates a sense of deliberate and conscious acts to spread the Good News of Jesus. The missionary mandate of the Church – and, therefore, the Catholic Primary School is to: “Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples. Baptise them in the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19). At Mother Teresa School, we work together with the parish to nurture our school family in the practice of their faith. Religious Education is a form of the ministry of the word in its own right. As part of the evangelisation process, we must endeavour to pass on the Christian Faith. Knowledge in the Religious sense is more than the acquisition of factual information. Religious Education seeks to help students:
To learn the teachings of the Gospel To develop ‘a sense of the nature of Christianity’ and of ‘how Christians are trying to live their lives.’ (The Religious Dimension of Education in Catholic Schools # 69)
Evangelisation (Capture the understanding and purpose within Faith, Culture and Life of the school community.) Clarification of terms used: Evangelisation
is spreading the Good News of Jesus; it is the mission of the Church, therefore it is everything we do that promotes, develops and gives witness to our faith at school
is the first act of Evangelisation; being the Christ-like presence to others and giving Christ-like love
is the teaching and learning of knowledge and human experiences
is a process in which one raises religious awareness to assist others to arrive at an initial belief in Jesus and prepare one to appreciate the promise of Christian Salvation
is the process for sharing our Christian experiences of God; handing on the belief in the teachings of Jesus (e.g. the Creed, the Sacraments, the Life of Christ & Prayer); and integrating these into one’s personal life experiences
is the process to help disinterested or disengaged baptised to become open to the Holy Spirit
Sign of the Times
is when and where we see God’s plan in action in our world
is the dreams and hopes of a school of ultimately what it would like to be
is how we sense God in our lives
Faith, Life & Culture
is how it is made relevant and real in our own lives