Families & Faith
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Lismore endeavour to support all families in the critical role they play as the first educators of their children in our faith. As a Catholic school, we seek to offer families an experience of a Catholic community focused on the formation of the whole person and to partner with them to enable all students to achieve the ‘fullness of life’ (John 10:10).
Catholic Schools Parent Assembly
The Catholic Schools Parent Assembly is a resource the Catholic Schools Office offers to support our families as partners in their child’s educational journey. The Diocese of Lismore is one of the few school systems in Australia to have a strategic, resourced and effective parent organisation that solely serves the needs of the parents.
The Parent Assembly strives to offer families accompaniment, support and assistance on their spiritual journeys by:
- offering opportunities at school, regional and diocesan levels for parents to learn more about their faith
- including meaningful and varied prayer experiences at all parent events
- by praying for the families in our parish schools.
Some of the Parent Assembly-supported faith enrichment opportunities our school families can experience include:
Parent/Carer Prayer Groups
The Parent Assembly team facilitates parent and carer prayer and spiritual formation groups at different times throughout the year. Advent and Lenten groups are advertised to parents through the school and on the Parent Assembly Facebook page. All parents are warmly encouraged to engage in these welcoming groups appropriate to all levels of spiritual formation.
Parent Assembly hosts an annual Family Retreat both north and south of the diocese. The Family Retreat is an opportunity to gather as families to explore our Catholic faith together. The retreat includes a fun and engaging faith formation program for children and a spiritually enriching program for adults. There are also many opportunities for families to engage in fun family activities, including crafts, adventure activities, and nature walks. We warmly invite all families to attend this retreat.
Family Faith Resources
The Catholic Schools Office Parent Resource Centre provides families with faith formation resources, including simple and engaging prayer ideas for home and information about the special times in the Church year.
If you would like to learn more about any faith enrichment opportunities available to you as a parent of a child at our school, contact the Parent Assembly at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the Parent Assembly Facebook page.