All Saints Catholic Senior College makes explicit its commitment to promote the religious and Catholic life of the community, by working in partnership with parents and the broader parish church to educate, evangelise and catechise young people to faith in Jesus Christ.
While there is diversity in the faith backgrounds of the students who attend All Saints Catholic Senior College, all students will be given the opportunity to know, understand and value the religious and spiritual part of what it is to be fully human. Students will be challenged to grow in personal faith and commitment and to arrive at an understanding of themselves and of life as a journey in faith. Students will be challenged to accept and give commitment to the fundamental values taught by Jesus in the Gospels.
A variety of faith formation opportunities are offered to the college community to discover and respond to the depth of God’s love for them through active Catholic practice and expression. These include opportunities for participation in:
- whole school celebrations of the Eucharist including the Commencement mass, Feast of the Assumption of Mary, Community Day, Year 12 Graduation Mass and Christmas mass, presided by our College chaplain, Rev Father Thomas Stevens, from the All Saints Catholic Parish, Liverpool.
- whole school liturgical celebrations and prayers including Ash Wednesday, Easter Liturgy and assembly gatherings.
- daily morning prayer in homeroom and at the commencement of lessons, including praying the Angelus each day.
- optional attendance at weekly celebrations of the Eucharist before school in the college chapel, celebrated by our chaplain, Father Thomas Stevens.
- optional attendance at weekly gatherings for community prayer in the college chapel, which aligns with celebrations of the Liturgical calendar.
- the celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation at the Year 12 retreat, and at other times, by appointment with the college chaplain.
Specific opportunities for Faith Formation for both staff and students at All Saints Catholic Senior College enable participants to become living witness of faith and participate more fully in the evangelising mission of the Church.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the Year 12 Retreat program, held in Term IV of the preliminary course, for two days and one night, offsite, and explores the theme of service, reflecting the scripture quote from Micah 6:8 “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”. Students who are elected as leaders on the Student Representative Council are also invited to attend an overnight leadership retreat in Term IV, to explore the notion of Catholic leadership and plan their leadership goals for the year ahead.
Staff also participate in faith formation opportunities which include a Staff Spirituality Day and opportunities to volunteer for services such as St. Vincent de Paul Night Patrol and Brekky Van. Faith formation opportunities, such as immersion and pilgrimage experiences, which are offered by Sydney Catholic Schools are advertised to staff on a regular basis.