2017 Religious Education Report

This is in direct response to the call of Pope Francis to “go out as missionary disciples, each generously offering their talents, creativity, wisdom and experience in order to bring the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the entire human family.” At Xavier in 2017, we have endeavoured to be a community who works together to make the world a better place.

As a staff, we committed ourselves to being “a welcoming, loving and inclusive Christ-like community...to serving through selflessness, leading by example to protect and serve each other, so that all feel dignified and empowered.” This highlights the privilege and responsibility we have to prepare young people to be Christians capable of making courageous choices and decisions, in order to be agents of change in our world.

“go out as missionary disciples, each generously offering their talents, creativity, wisdom and experience in order to bring the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the entire human family.” Pope Francis

Opportunities to grow in faith

In 2017, we have provided many opportunities for all members of our community to continue to grow in their journey of faith, learning and life. These opportunities include experiences such as prayer, discussion and reflection, participating in our St Vinnies Youth Team, cooking meals for the less-fortunate, attending “Justice Matters” social justice camps and “Stronger Rallies”, taking part in our Indigenous Community Immersion Experiences, completing Community Service programs, being involved in whole school and House Liturgies including Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Easter, Special Feast Days (including Xavier Day, The Assumption, St Mary of the Cross Mackillop and Advent/Christmas Gift Giving), Catholic Schools Week, NAIDOC celebrations, House Masses and Meals, Class Reconciliation and Masses, and Retreats and Spirituality Days.

Ongoing support and guidance

As a school community, we are very grateful for the ongoing support and guidance of our Clergy, who generously give their time to assist in the spiritual formation and the sacramental life of our school. It is through their combined efforts and the inspirational work of our staff, that students are able to encounter God through life-giving experiences which strengthen their understanding of their emerging spiritual journey. This in turn is fostering a deep desire for many students and staff to put faith into action. At the beginning of Term 3, our school community wished Father Kevin Flanagan a happy and healthy retirement after ministering to the Sacred Heart Parish at North Albury, and to Xavier, for over forty years. During these years he has inspired us with his compassion, care and inclusiveness and has built bridges between faith and cultural communities, the indigenous community, refugees and people of every, or no faith. At a school assembly, we prayed a blessing over Father Kevin, a true ‘missionary disciple’:

“May the God of Grace richly bless and watch over you, May the God of Peace grant you peace always, May the God of Abundant Joy shower you daily.” A blessing over Father Kevin, a true ‘missionary disciple’

Making a difference

Through the formal Religious Education at Xavier High School and opportunities for active participation in our Faith Formation Program, Xavier is continuing to form fine young Christian men and women who will make a difference in our world.

We look forward to commencing the ‘Year of Youth’ with our involvement in the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney from 6th – 9th December. We therefore look forward with excitement and enthusiasm to a year of learning and faith formation at Xavier in 2018.

Edmund Brown
(Director of Faith and Mission)