At All Saints Catholic Senior College, there are many Youth Ministry initiatives which enthusiastically strive to empower young people to live as witnesses to and disciples of Jesus. Many and varied practical opportunities are made available to students to ensure the message of the Gospel is a visible part of college life, and strong links are maintained with the local parish in the area of Youth Ministry and engagement. These include opportunities for student participation in:
- community prayer and Eucharist each week.
- optional training to become Catechists to teach Catechism lessons to primary school aged children in local State schools.
- optional training to become Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for college masses, and to serve their parishes in this ministry.
- Evangelisation events facilitated by Sydney Catholic Schools.
- World Youth Day events facilitated by Sydney Catholic Schools.
- the All Saints Parish Antioch Outreach weekend.
- the All Saints Parish Youth Social Night.
Matthew 25:35 – 40
And Jesus answered them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
Drawing heavily on the values espoused from the college patrons, Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero and Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Christian call of service is at the heart of all social justice initiatives which are carried out in the college community. As a sub-committee of the SRC, the Social Justice Committee, strives to educate the community about Catholic Social Teaching and raises awareness of injustices presented in our contemporary society.
Refugees and Asylum Seekers – Children in Immigration Detention
The college community is a strong and active advocate in seeking to raise awareness about the injustices experienced by Refugees and Asylum Seekers seeking refuge in Australia, and Children in Australian Immigration Detention Centres. The Social Justice Committee does this through visiting the House of Welcome in Carramar, a centre run by volunteers and resourced from donations, for new arrival Refugees and Asylum seekers, which helps them navigate the steps towards processing their applications and negotiating the steps of living in Australia. In addition, the Social Justice Committee participates in the “Jump Up and Down for Kids” Campaign, which takes a strong stance against refugee and asylum seeker children in immigration detention, and raises awareness of the detrimental effects on children’s’ holistic development of this detention. The community have been involved in several photographs, which have been posted on social media, where we have “jumped up and down” literally, to demonstrate our negative stance on this issue.
St Vincent de Paul Brekky Van
The college community also volunteers with the St Vincent de Paul Society through its Brekky Van program. Students have the opportunity to volunteer to cook a barbeque breakfast and serve homeless people in the city of Sydney, on a couple of occasions over the course of the year. This is a prominent way that the college community can put their faith into action, and model Christian service in the wider community.