There are many aspects that contribute to strengthening the religious dimension of the school in Years 5 and 6 which encourage boys to live out the challenge of the Gospels to serve the poor. All students at the school have formal lessons in Religious Education.
The school is endowed with a Chapel that seats 150 students. The Chapel is always available for private prayer. Each week prayers are organised in which staff and students can join. Mass is also available before school for students and staff on Special Liturgical Days, e.g. during Lent. Devotion to Mary is practised regularly at school during May and October. At other times, the staff arrange non-eucharistic liturgies and other visitations to the chapel to enhance the Religious Education programme. Full school Masses are held either in the Br McDonald Centre, the school plaza, in one of the local parish churches or at St Mary´s Cathedral.
In addition, students are given the opportunity of taking part in a religious retreat. They are also encouraged to become involved in community service and social justice outreach programmes, e.g. for senior students, night patrols feeding the city´s poor and homeless.
We live in a community, country and world that daily face justice and morality issues on a daily basis. CBHS Lewisham believes that to be active members in our society, to be advocates and a voice for those in need or who have no voice in our communities, the boys must be informed of issues around them.
Our Social Justice program is based around the teachings of Edmund Rice. Its focus is Right Relationships and Service to Others. All boys, whether a part of the Primary Social Justice Group or not, are expected to be advocates for right relationships in our community and are encouraged to offer service to those in our community who require it.
Some Primary Social Justice initiatives include:
Easter Appeal – for nursing homes, local primary schools and children in refuges;
Visits to local nursing homes;
Food collections for monthly St Vincent de Paul Night Patrol;
Winter Clothing appeal;
Lenten Appeal on behalf of Caritas Australia;
Christmas Appeal for local nursing homes for people without families in conjunction with the Gethsemane Society; and
Indigenous Australian support and community building- ties with St Joseph’s Walgett in north-western NSW