St Benedict’s Catholic College

Social Action

At St Benedict’s Catholic College we understand the importance and significance of helping foster within students, experiences and opportunities, to put their faith into action. The study of Religious Education is augmented by the opportunity to live their faith and improve the situation of our Neighbour. In March 2011 Most Rev Peter Ingham DD cited the significance of putting faith into action in the Diocesan “Faith in Action” document:

Catholic schools participate in the Church’s mission “to bring the Good News to the poor” (Luke 4:18). In partnership with parents, parishes and other agencies within the Church and the broader community, Catholic schools are called to give witness to a faith which does justice with love. All have a responsibility to read the signs of the times and to respond with love and compassion, ever seeking to protect human dignity, serve the common good and share resources and privilege.

The Church always seeks to follow the model of Jesus who served those around him with selfless love and a generosity of spirit. Pope Benedict XVI reminds us:

“Love of neighbour, grounded in the love of God, is first and foremost a responsibility for each individual member of the faithful, but it is also a responsibility for the entire ecclesial community at every level: from the local community to the particular Church and to the Church universal in its entirety. As a community, the Church must practice love. Love like this needs to be organized if it is to be an ordered service to the community.”

Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, n 20

The rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching provides a practical framework within

The Social Action group at St Benedict’s Catholic College has been involved in the following social Action initiatives:

  • Term 1 involves many students giving up their time raising funds for Project Compassion. This consists of many activities such as Shrove Tuesday where the students sell pancakes in preparation for the coming Lenten period. We also conduct a coin trail where each homeroom collects loose coin to support Caritas and the College Community joins together to see who can make the longest line with their coins. In 2014 the coins were formed in the shape of a Benedictine cross.
  • Our College conducts a clothing drive in Term 2 and the Social Action Group meets twice a week for “Benny’s Knitting Circle” to knit blankets that are donated to the St Vincent De Paul’s Winter Appeal.
  • In Term 3, students are given the opportunity to partake in Benny’s Bring a Blanket. This activity is a modified version of the St Vincent De Paul Winter Sleep Out and sees students donate money to stay at school and try to understand and experience a sense of homelessness.
  • The Social Action Group launches its Catholic Mission appeal in Term 4. This appeal supports the extended communities. Homeroom classes support this idea by organising stall type activities as a manner of raising funds for Catholic Mission. The students also meet twice a week to display their talents by making Christmas cards. We have a stall where we sell these to staff and students.
  • Students conclude the year by supporting St Vincent De Paul Christmas Hamper Appeal. This is an appeal that attempts to ensure that all families in our local area have a nice meal and provide some presents for their children.

Caritas Australia           Catholic Mission           St Vincent de Paul Society

Last updated on March 5th, 2021