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Catholic Identity

At St Francis Xavier College, our mission as a Catholic high school is to be an authentic learning environment that promotes and celebrates the Catholic identity and the spirituality of all College members. Our Religious Education and faith programs are designed to support each student in their faith journey by proclaiming the Gospel. We invite all members of the community to share in the saving mission of Christ.

The Religious Education Curriculum developed by the Diocese of Sale prioritises the decree ‘To Live in Christ Jesus’, which is a building block for the experience of all students from years 7 to 12. Students are challenged to reflect on their faith and develop a mature understanding of its symbolic nature through ritual, prayer, Mass and Catholic church traditions. We encourage our pupils to develop a sense of mission that is inspired by the presence of Christ in their lives, and motivate them to take this mission into the wider world.

Pathways to explore different learning styles are offered across all six year levels, from VCE subjects to junior Faith and Action units. We aim to provide many opportunities for students to enrich their faith and contribute to the distinctive Catholic identity of the College. Each member of our community is made in the image of God and we embolden students to develop that relationship and act with justice and compassion towards all people.

Faith development activities include:

  • Regular celebration of Eucharist and regular liturgies in Houses, Year levels and College Celebrations
  • Fundraising via voluntary organizations such as Caritas, Berwick Soup Van, Trinity Families and Jesuit Family Services.
  • St Vincent de Paul groups from Years 7 to 12. (Mini-Vinnies at 7 to 9)
  • Supporting our local Catholic primary schools in preparing students for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation
  • Retreats/Reflection days at Years 11 and 12
  • Liturgical Choir (Cantabile) is an elective available to all students. Cantabile lessons include regular references to Scripture, Prayer, The Eucharist, The Church, Music – Theory and Music – Singing.
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