The purpose of this framework is to strengthen the relationship between parishes and schools and to support parish and school personnel in working effectively together. There are many areas of mission where both the parish and the school have shared responsibilities. This framework is addressed to all who work in ministry in parishes and schools, and indeed, those parishioners and families involved. It is, however, in a particular way, addressed to Parish Priests and Principals, who have leadership roles with both civil and canonical responsibility.
The document outlines guiding principles for effective shared mission and details six key areas of interest and collaboration between parishes and schools:
- Governance of Parish Schools
- Spiritual Formation of Children and their Families
- Pastoral Care
- Human Resources
- Parish School Facilities and Planning
- Sydney Catholic Schools Office
This framework was developed through extensive consultation with priests, principals and senior personnel from the Archdiocese of Sydney and Sydney Catholic Schools.