One of the dimensions of Religious Education is teaching people to be religious. It is identified with the religious life of the school and is a faith development activity focused on nurturing the religious, spiritual and faith growth of students.
Mary MacKillop College embraces this dimension and special emphasis is placed upon the four components of this dimension: Religious Identity and Culture, Evangelisation and Faith formation, Prayer and Worship and Social Action and Justice. It is through these components that spiritual and religious development occur. We recognise and rejoice in the reality that Mary MacKillop College is concerned with the development of the whole person. Special emphasis is placed upon spiritual and religious development, recognising and rejoicing in the reality that human existence finds its meaning and ultimate purpose from relationship with God, the College community and the wider community.
In our College community, students learn that they are called to be living witnesses to God's love for humankind and are taught to share their personal lives with God. The very pattern of the Christian life draws students to commit themselves to serve God and others as they strive to make the world a better place.
The Sisters of St Joseph entrust the College to provide a community of faith in which our young women are immersed in a deep understanding of gospel values and their emphasis on the sacredness and unique worth of each person. The charism of Mary MacKillop permeates all aspects of the College and all stakeholders in the College community are called to ensure that this charism is maintained and further developed. It is within this context that Mary MacKillop College emphasises the spiritual and religious development of students, both as individuals and as community. Through participation in Eucharist, non-Eucharistic rituals and liturgies, assemblies, daily prayer, meditation, retreats and reflection days our young women have the opportunity to explore and deepen their spirituality.
Around midday each day time is set aside for MacKillop Minutes. The whole school stops for these 5 minutes and takes the time to pause amid the busyness of the day, reflect on our own personal and communal living of our MacKillop values.
Major feast days – St Joseph 19th March, Mary MacKillop 8th August, Ash Wednesday, Easter, and Christmas – are examples of times of liturgical celebration involving the whole college community.
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