Family Educator Showcase 2017

You are invited you to the inaugural
Family Educator Showcase.

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This event will enable Principals, Priests, Regional Directors, Consultants and ARE Team members to gain a broader understanding of the Family Educator role , as well as the myriad of initiatives involved in the Family and Faith program.

The Showcase will allow guests to see what happens in different communities, encouraging them to be even more open to the role of Family Educators in the area of family faith formation and evangelisation.

The Family Educator Showcase will involve Family Educators showcasing 3-5 most effective initiatives/events that have been implemented in their school community. Each will have their own stall, with photos and resources on display, answering questions from those attending.

The Showcase will run from 10am-12noon.  The morning will begin with a short SPaR and then guests will wander from stall to stall for as long as they wish. Morning tea will be set-up for guests to eat at any time.

Please find below the dates and venues for each Region:

Inner West Region:         Tuesday 19th September (CIS Strathfield Auditorium)
Eastern Region:               Wednesday 20th September (SCS Daceyville Room 1)
Southern Region:            Thursday 21st September (SCS Revesby Room 1&2)

If you wish to attend any of the showcases, please register via your Family Educator, or  contact Meredith Lemos via meredith.lemos@syd.catholic.edu.au or 0457 808 626

I strongly encourage your attendance at this exciting event, in order to gain a greater understanding of the breadth of the Family Educator role and new strategies and initiatives to implement in your respective communities.  I also hope it will be an occasion where their hard work and dedication will be showcased and celebrated.

Thank you in anticipation for your support of this inaugural event.

Anthony Cleary
Director: Religious Education and Evangelisation

 

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Connecting Families with our Neighbours in Need

Both Parents and Teachers from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Sutherland long wanted to put their faith in action by helping those in need. They had worked in partnership with the local St Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Conference with the Christmas and Winter Appeals, as well as assisted with Brekky Van and Night Patrol on a casual basis. However, they wanted to do more.

From this came the vision of a ‘Sub-Conference’ to support the local Sutherland SVdP Conference. That vision is now a reality. Mouna Roche, Family Educator at St Patrick’s Sutherland is overwhelmed by the interest and support in the Sub Conference model. Mouna has coordinated Mini Vinnies for many years in her role as Family Educator and from early on saw the potential that the Mini Vinnies members had in influencing social outreach through the involvement of the parent community.

“After months of planning and discussion as to the best model to suit our parent and teacher community, Chris Watson and I have collaborated to form a Sutherland Sub-Conference. We are mentored by Chris and the elders of the Sutherland Conference. During my time at St Patrick’s we have worked collaboratively with Chris Watson and the Sutherland Conference building a strong link between our Parish and School. The establishment of the Sub Conference is the next step in this relationship. The St Vincent de Paul Society is very interested in this model and is looking to take it state wide.

20160831-stpats-img2-lgeAfter promoting the concept among our community, and with an outstanding parent turn out to help with Christmas Hamper deliveries, the Sub-Conference began in Term One of this year. The group has grown to 17 members and meets each month, in the evening. This was most convenient option for members who all work and needed at time to fit in with work and family life. The group is also exploring the use of ‘Whats App’ in order to connect the group instantly when client referrals are made to Chris. In planning the Sub-Conference it was decided very early on, that opportunities needed to be easily accessible to members with meetings less frequent than a regular conference, in order for members to be available for ‘hands-on’ outreach instead.

The Sub Conference’s main outreach will be local home visitation, firstly being mentored by members of the Sutherland Conference and then working in pairs independently. Sub-Conference members are also involved in other SVdP outreach in the local area, including working at the local SVdP Sutherland Regional Office where they have received training in the provision of electricity, food and clothing vouchers.

The mantra of the group has been “Let’s get Local!” and is giving an opportunity to busy parents and teachers to offer a ‘hand up’ to those in need. When parent Maureen McDowell was asked, “How does a mother of three find the time to get involved with Vinnies?” Her response was, “How can I not find the time to do this?”

Feast Days of Saints Ann and Joachim

On Friday 29th July, Regina Coeli Catholic Primary School Beverly Hills celebrated the Feast Day of St Ann and St Joachim; the grandparents of Jesus.

In light of this, the community took the time to honour their own grandparents and show their appreciation for the vital role that they play in their lives.

They are a blessing in our lives and many have a profound impact on the faith formation journey of their families.

“Between the earth and sky above, nothing can match a Grandparents love”

Each student was asked to bring in a photograph of themselves with their Grandparents and the students were then provided with a frame. On the back of the frame, each student wrote a message (either a letter, poem or prayer) for their grandparents.

On the Feast Day of Ann and Joachim, Grandparents were invited to a special mass, followed by open classrooms, where the grandparents decorated the picture frames with their grandchildren. This was followed by a Grandparents SPaR and morning tea.

“It was a lovely community celebration of the gift our grandparents are to us.”

Confirmation Candle Making @ St Michaels

Parents of our Year 6 Confirmation candidates were invited to join our Family Educator for a night of candle making where they made a very special candle for their child as a gift for the Sacrament of Confirmation. We started the evening with a beautiful prayer, calling upon the Holy Spirit to guide the parents as they walk their faith journey with their children. The parents chose the colour and fragrance of the candle they wished to make and then poured the wax and set the wick. They then lovingly decorated the glass candle holder with the name of their child and the name of their Confirmation saint. The candles were then presented to their children as a gift on the day of their Confirmation.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23