Catholic Identity and Mission
“Catholic schools are called to be real and living expressions of the church’s pastoral mission in the world. Our Mission is to be centres of ‘the New Evangelisation’ and to proclaim and give witness to Jesus Christ. Catholic schools nurture students in their lifelong journey in faith and help them develop as mature people empowered to shape and enrich the world by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their everyday lives.”
-Catholic Schools Office Lismore Catholic Identity & Mission
The mission of Catholic Schools is for all to come to know Christ and the ‘fullness of life’. Every student can learn and has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. As a quality Catholic school, St Francis Xavier’s vision is to:
‘Serve every learner’
The wellbeing and growth of each student and each staff member is a collective responsibility of the whole school community. Students need positive role models who are courageous to share their faith journey and offer witness for students.
“Students listen more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if they do listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses,”
– Pope Paul VI
St Augustine’s Parish
St Francis Xavier is an important part of the Parish Community of St Augustine’s, Coffs Harbour. Our Parish Priest is Fr Peter Padsungay and our Assistant Priest and School Chaplain is Fr Stefan Matuszek. Classes attend parish Mass on Wednesday mornings and Fr Stefan comes back to school to talk to staff and students on these days.
We believe our school is an active part of the Body of Christ manifested in the Parish Community. Our school actively encourages its students, parents, grandparents, carers and teachers to be involved in parish life and to adopt ministry roles where possible. On the first Sunday of each month the school takes responsibility for the various ministries for the Mass. This includes Proclaiming the Word, leading the music and hosting morning tea.
Religious Education Curriculum
The Religious Education Curriculum we implement in the Lismore Diocese is also used within the Archdiocese of Sydney, the Diocese of Armidale and the Diocese of Wollongong.
The Curriculum provides an educational framework for classroom Religion teaching consistent with the approaches to the content and methodology as found in any other Key Learning Area. The teaching time allocation for Religious Education per week from Kindergarten to Year 6 is 2.5 hours.
The Curriculum model aims to meet the challenges and the vision of our education in faith perspective in the 21st Century. Central to our program are the teachings of Jesus Christ, Church doctrine, Prayer and Scripture and understanding our personal call to Christian discipleship. The theology in the Religious Education Curriculum and student text is approved by the Bishop of Lismore, the Most Reverend Father Gregory Homeming, OCD, and is integrated with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
St Francis Xavier School believes in fostering relationships between God and us through prayer and liturgy. Each class and grade follows routines that reflect our Catholic spirituality through prayer and liturgy and we come together as a school to share that story with the parish community.
Proclaim Lismore is an exciting, collaborative adventure to enhance and strengthen the foundations of Catholic culture in Catholic education. Proclaim is an initiative by the Diocese of Lismore aimed at supporting the faith formation of students, staff and parents.
Proclaim Lismore aims to ensure that Catholic education is strategically placed to enable the hidden energy of the Good News to positively impact on the consciences of each person, and transform Catholic education. This will enable the promotion of schools that are truly Catholic in their identity and life, centres of the New Evangelisation, achieving high levels of Catholic religious literacy and practice, and led by staff who will contribute to these goals.
St Augustine’s Parish runs the Sacramental Program for students at St Francis Xavier and children in the wider parish. Students in Year 2 make the Sacrament of Confirmation; Students in Year 3 make the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
Becoming a Catholic
Families who would like to find out more about our Catholic Faith, or would like to become a Catholic are encouraged to speak to our School Office or St Augustine’s Parish Office at the Curran Centre.