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 Religious Formation

Is broken down into several key areas:

Values Education

At St Bernardine's we see a need to teach students about values and how they assist in faith and moral development. At St Bernardine's we have a value that we focus on every fortnight that is written in the newsletter , displayed in the classroom as well as on school signage. Below is a sample of some values that we emphasis at St Bernardine's.

Dignity and justice for each person: all persons are created equally and human dignity is inviolable. Our educational efforts should confirm the belief that everyone is unique, and that individual distinctions enrich and enliven our world; the individual has both rights and responsibilities.

Collaboration and subsidiarity: Catholic educators make use of a 'shared wisdom' in arriving at decisions and attempt to locate decision making at the lowest appropriate level.

Creativity: we look for creative, flexible and future oriented responses that best address the needs of learners, the local community, system and government.

Stewardship: education should view individuals as moral beings, accountable for their decisions and responsible for their actions; with an ability to seek what is true and to do what is right.

Prayer in the Classroom

The Importance of Prayer

Three times in the first ten verses of this letter the Apostle Paul has told the Colossians that he is praying for them. He tells them he is thanking God for them and that his prayers on their behalf are unceasing.

What is Prayer?

It seems that the first question we must ask is this: what is prayer? The simple answer is this: prayer is talking with God. We pray when we open our heart to the Almighty.

As simple as this is, it is also something people need to hear. Too many people feel that prayer is a certain sound . . .. Others feel prayer is something that takes place in a certain place or with a certain posture. But none of those things are requirements for true prayer. In fact, you can sound holy and not be doing anything other than talking to yourself.

True prayer is honest, humble and personal.

Reasons for Prayer

There are several good reasons to pray.

  • It is a great privilege. Can you think of any greater honour than to have an audience with the One who rules over ALL creation? We have been invited to talk with the one who put the stars in place. We are invited to seek counsel from the One who is truth and wisdom. We are invited to sit down with the One who knows all things.
  • Conversation is a part of any vital and growing relationship. We sometimes measure the quality of a marriage relationship by how well the couples communicates. Or to state it another way, one of the first things people point to as evidence that a marriage is in trouble is a lack of communication. The same is true for our relationship with the Father. True, honest, heartfelt conversation is a sign of a healthy relationship. A lack of conversation, or conversation only in public is a sign of a relationship in trouble.
  • Prayer makes a difference.

Our classroom prayer at St Bernardine's is student focused that incorporates the liturgical life of the Church and the students own needs and thoughts. Each class does this prayer differently and at regular times that suit their situation.

Sacramental Program

St Bernardine's Parish Sacramental Program

Parents of Catholic children wishing to receive information regarding Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Communion are invited to phone the parish office on (07) 3884 7600 (Monday-Friday, 8.30am to 12.30pm) or email stbernardines@bne.catholic.net.au.

Liturgical Celebrations

All Liturgical Celebrations are advertised in our School eNewsletter.