We understand that through Religious Education we, the educators, those to whom the children have been entrusted, are helping them to come to understand and know Christ is present in their lives. Through our Religious Education Program we intend to assist in the growth and change in each child’s life, helping them to find Christ through prayer, reflection and action. Religious Education at Corpus Christi is seen to be an important way of teaching and fostering gospel values living Christ-like lives and encouraging decision making that encapsulates Christ’s truths of justice, mercy, compassion and love.
Vision and Mission Statement
The Vision and Mission Statement reflects our Catholic beliefs and Teachings at Corpus Christi. Religious Education is given priority in daily programs and has a strong focus on scripture so that students become familiar with the Christian story and compare it with their own story. Liturgies are held at school throughout the year where each unit has the opportunity to plan and attend.
Prayer is considered important for developing self reflection and building a deeper relationship with God. Children are given an opportunity to experience a variety of prayer forms. Daily prayer is a part of Corpus Christi life. School Captains attend the beginning of the year Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral each year. Graduation Mass is held at the end of the year to celebrate the graduation of our Grade 6 Students and to acknowledge those leaving the school.
In line with the policies of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, children are expected to receive the three sacraments in the following order.
Sacrament of Penance
In Grade Three, children will be prepared for the Sacrament of Penance at school and will then be involved, with their families and the Parish of St Andrew’s in celebrating the Sacrament of Penance by attending Parish ceremonies. This will be followed by a certificate presentation a few weeks later.
Sacrament of Eucharist
In Grade Four, children will be prepared for the Sacrament of the Eucharist at school and will then be involved with their families and the Parish of St Andrew’s in the receiving of the Sacrament of Eucharist by attending Parish Sunday Liturgies.
Sacrament of Confirmation
In Year Six, children will be prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation at school and will then be involved with their families and the Parish of St Andrew’s in the receiving of the Sacrament of Confirmation by attending a special Parish Liturgy.
Support for Parents
Parent Information evenings are held during the year to assist in the preparation of students and parents for each of the Sacraments.