Religious Education is at the heart of our school mission at Our Lady of Lourdes. Education in a Catholic school seeks transformation of the whole person so that those in the school community are empowered to shape and enrich our world by living the Gospel of Jesus in their everyday lives. The Our Lady of Lourdes faith community is further infused with the ethos and charism of the Sisters of St Joseph. All members of the Our Lady of Lourdes school community live out the school motto Together We Journey With God.
In line with the Brisbane Catholic Education Vision for Religious Education, Religious Education exists in two distinct yet complementary dimensions at Our Lady of Lourdes:
Our Lady of Lourdes School was founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph; therefore, we recognise the charism (qualities and values) of Saint Mary MacKillop within our school community. Our school is named Our Lady of Lourdes, a name given to Mary the mother of Jesus when she appeared to a young girl many times in a French village named Lourdes. As a school community we celebrate the Feast days of Our Lady of Lourdes and Mary MacKillop and teach about the charisms of Mary MacKillop and Mary.
We live the gospel of Jesus Christ by trying to act as Jesus would and following Jesus’ golden rule to ‘love one another’. This rule is at the heart of our school wide behaviour plan. Students learn about Jesus and are given the opportunity to show how they can give witness to the wider community.
Students in Year 4 and above are invited to take part in the Altar Serving Program. This program provides children with opportunities to grow in their faith through the practise of altar serving at both school and parish masses. Students are supported in this program by members of the parish.
At Our Lady of Lourdes School, students participate in daily prayer in their classrooms. Staff members at Our Lady of Lourdes also gather together for prayer each week. Once a term, each year level is provided with the opportunity to lead a whole-school prayer assembly. These are held each Monday afternoon. Prayer assemblies provide classes with opportunities to celebrate significant days on our liturgical calendar, to address important social justice issues within our community and to commemorate special days such as ANZAC Day, Mother’s Day and Grandparent’s Day. As we value the celebration and sharing of our faith with the whole school community, parents and caregivers are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Once a term, each year level is provided with an opportunity to celebrate the Catholic faith with the Our Lady of Lourdes school community through the leading of a mass or prayer celebration. Staff and students are called upon to take part in the celebration of significant days in our liturgical year including Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day, Ash Wednesday and the Feast of the Assumption. Masses are also held to celebrate the start and end of the school year. As with prayer assemblies, parents and caregivers are welcomed and encouraged to attend and share in these celebrations.
The Sacramental Program is a parish-based program facilitated by the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.
Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are called the Sacraments of Initiation. At Baptism a person begins their process of initiation into the Church and into a parish community. This process will culminate in the reception of the Sacraments of Penance, Confirmation and Eucharist. Students who are in Year 3 and above are eligible to be part of the Sacramental Program. Children are also supported in their preparation for the reception of the sacraments by the Religious Education Program in the school. Information about the Sacramental Program is provided through both the parish and school newsletter.
Applying social action and justice requires two important dispositions: empathy (the capacity to stand in the shoes of another) and solidarity (the capacity to walk with another). At Our Lady of Lourdes School we strive to build these dispositions in students through programs for service learning, social justice programs and outreach experiences.
At Our Lady of Lourdes School we promote Social Justice through our support of Catholic agencies including Caritas (particularly through Project Compassion during Lent), Catholic Mission and St Vincent de Paul.