Catholic Social Teaching
Catholic Social Teaching is based on the belief that God has a plan for creation, a plan to build his kingdom of peace, love and justice. It holds that God has a special place in this story for each of us, whoever we are. Our part in this plan isn’t just limited to things ‘spiritual’, or things we might do on Sundays, but that it involves every aspect of our lives, from the things we pray about, to how we live as a responsible global citizens. Our part in this story is a kind-of vocation for the common good, a call to treat everyone as your brothers and sisters and is something that we all share.
(Quote comes from http://www.catholicsocialteaching.org.uk/principles/)
At St Joseph's, the principles of Catholic Social Teaching are taught through the RE curriculum and in whole-school and Key Stage assemblies. The children have a good understanding that when we raise money, or pray for others, we are following Jesus' words: "Love one another, as I have loved you."
"Jesus looked after the poor people so we have to try hard to do the same" (Year 1 child)
"It is important to raise money for other people because we have to try to make the world fair. It's not fair that some people have lots of money and others have no money." (Year 3 child)
"When we raise money for others, we are remembering that God has made us the 'guardians of the world'. It is our responsibility to care for the world that God has given us, including all of the people in the world." (Year 5 child)
At St Joseph's, we provide opportunities for all members of the community to contribute to the common good.