As a Catholic school in the spirit of Mary MacKillop we recognise that prayer and liturgy us in our common understanding and love of God.
All staff and students are engaged in a developmental faith enrichment program. Year 7 attend a one day induction held at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney. Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 participate in reflection days and Year 11 participate in an intensive three-day Retreat. Students are invited to attend Hosanna on Palm Sunday, held in our local parishes and optional retreats offered through Sydney Catholic Schools some of these will ready students for full participation in WYD or ACYF pilgrimages. Staff participate in an annual Spirituality day and other faith formation activities.
Ours is a vibrant multicultural community that draws all together for prayer and worship. Staff and students gather for prayer during homeroom. Each week a house group or Year group gathers in St Joseph’s Chapel for Mass or Eucharistic Adoration. During Lent, the Month of May and Advent students are also invited to attend lunch time reflection programs, Rosary or Divine Mercy in the Chapel.
Our College community gather regularly for celebration of the Eucharistic for Opening School Mass, Ash Wednesday, St Joseph’s Day, Mary MacKillop Day and Christmas Mass.
Social Justice and Outreach are intrinsically part of our life at the College. The school raises awareness of those vulnerable in our world through Refugee Week, Environment Day, Reconciliation Week, JJAMM Week and College representative attend the Archdiocesan Social Justice Days. Students participate in supporting Vinnies Van Night Patrol, House charities like the Mary MacKillop Foundation, Caritas through Project Compassion and St Vincent De Paul Cabramatta chapter through Christmas Hampers.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, protect the rights of those who are helpless. Speak out and pronounce a sentence of justice, defend the cause of the wretched and the poor.” (Proverbs 31:8-9)
The Catholic Social teaching is grounded in the fact that; everything is guided by Christ. At Mary MacKillop Catholic College several student groups operate throughout the year working to ensure that the Body of Christ is alive in today’s world. These student groups propagate ideas of love that lead to the respect of the dignity of the human person.
Community Service activities teach students vital skills and provide them with opportunities to put into practice the school’s philosophy of justice and service. By participating in community service activities our students make a valuable contribution to the wider community. Some organisations the students work with are Junior Rotary, St Vincent de Paul, Amnesty International and Stream Watch, along with groups established within the College by the students and teachers.
St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas Hamper collection
Christmas is a time of year of joy, celebration and giving, although for some people this can cause stress and strain.
Through the generosity of all the Mary MacKillop Catholic College community we donate over 40 Christmas Hampers filled with a very large range of food and toys to help these families in need.
It is evident that the Spirit of Christ is alive at our College and in the words of St Teresa of Avila,
Christ has no body now but yours
No hands, no feet on earth but yours
Yours are the eyes through which He looks
Compassion on this world
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.