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The principles ofCatholic social teachingSome suggestions for staff formation to help introducethe Caritas resource on Catholic Social Teaching 2014.Social JuStice Week 2014 catholic Social teaching2Two of fve essential elements are:• the belief that we meet God in the ‘bits and pieces’ ofeveryday life. our daily interactions, the sacraments,liturgy and prayers are all ways God approaches usand we approach God.(Para 8 & 9)• the belief that we are saved as a community.We learn how to form a community of care, withspecial attention to those who have less, or aresuffering. (Para 7; 76)Practical applications of these elements are:• Young people can hand on faith through experiencingministry in social justice and in peer leadership.(Para 83)• We deepen young people’s relationship with Jesusthrough intentional and systematic catechesis.(Para 61)in addition our school will be able to recognise thefollowing elements in our Mission and Vision.‘For Catholic schools subsidiarity needs to be balancedby the principle of solidarity. Solidarity calls for a positivecommitment to safeguarding the fundamental equalityand rights of all, and the promotion of their humandevelopment. Solidarity coupled with the Church’spreferential option for the poor provide the detail neededto understand the full meaning of the common good forCatholic schools. (Para 82)Introductionthe purpose of Social Justice Week is to draw theattention of the catholic and wider community to acurrent social justice issue in the light of catholic socialteaching (cSt), and to invite personal and communalreflection and response. our goal in 2014 is to makecatholic social teaching more accessible for people.We hope to put a human face to the principles andhelp people to more fully engage with them incontemporary settings.this booklet has been written for all staff teaching incatholic schools for their ongoing formation. ideas herewill help grow awareness and inspire people to takeaction and apply cSt principles in their lives. in orderto recognise different entry levels for people there is avariety of resources to draw on.What makes a school Catholic?the New Zealand catholic Bishops conference hasprovided guidance in their document The Catholiceducation of school-age children (NZcBc 2014) as towhat makes a school catholic. Monsignor Jim cassin,the executive secretary to the commission for catholiceducation and Formation of the irish episcopalconference, gives a useful summary of this and writes1:1. Msgr. J. Cassin: What makes a school Catholic? Reprinted from Lighting New Fires, NZCEO, May 2014Social JuStice Week 2014 catholic Social teaching3Facilitator’s notes for a staff meetingPrepare prior to the staff meeting• Read through all this material and decide how youwill approach the meeting.• Make copies of the handouts and distribute to staffto read through prior to the meeting.• encourage staff to bring along their questionsand comments.• copy onto frm paper, then cut out and make sets ofcSt cards – enough sets for groups of 4 among thestaff to play.On the day of the meeting• create a prayer space in the room.• Display the seven posters around the room.• if possible have an internet connection in the roomso that a small group can view the video clips fromthe caritas website or download on a memory stick.• Photocopy the handout for activity 2 ‘Puttingprinciples of cSt into action in our school,’ forthe staff.Following the meeting• Gather staff orders for copies of the materials andsend through an order form to caritas or orderonline www.caritas.org.nz• create a staffroom and/or foyer display for SocialJustice Week.• continue the kōrero considering ways to increaseunderstanding and application of these principlesin your classes, school, community and parish e.g.students could create a powerpoint to be shown atMass or at a ‘Meet the teacher’ evening; or preparea noticeboard at school or in the church foyerwhich puts across a principle of cSt. change itevery month.• try the suggestions for use of caritas cSt card gameresource for prayers.• check out the You tube cliphttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NtWXilozHo&p=B4F7a5ec7B630493The Teacher’s pack of Caritas resourcescontains:1. Primary booklet Y1-6. See, Judge, Act: learningto recognise CST in action.2. templates for making card sets Y7-10 withnotes ‘How to use the caritas cSt card game’.3. Seven cSt posters with notes ‘How to usethese posters’.4. Notes on ‘Follow up the cSt videos’ for sevenshort videos online.5. leaflet on catholic social teaching.6. Prayers for secondary school classes forSocial Justice Week.Other supporting resources in this booklet:outline for facilitating a staff meeting with theoption for 25 mins or longer.Staff liturgy using the theme of cSt.Song for Justice words.Psalm 97: Verses and Response.Putting principles of catholic social teaching intoaction in our school.Seven catholic beliefs about people and their liveswritten for young people.The Hazard – for guided meditation.Victims of warfare or needSocial JuStice Week 2014 catholic Social teaching4Starter activityCaritas CST card game. Sitting in groups of 4 followthe game instructions and play for about 5 minutes.ask what did you learn? Share responses as this willgive you a sense of different entry levels.Activity 1: View a video clipView one of the seven short video clips. Discuss. link tothe matching cSt poster.Group responds to the text on the poster.(this could be done as a post box activity in classeswith all of the posters.)Activity 2: Putting CST into actionHandout. Read the list of Putting Seven CST principlesinto action. if a large staff, divide into groups of six towork through some of these. Write up as ideas flow.alternatively use as a post box activity.Longer meeting (45 mins)Activity 3: Supporting materialsShare with staff all the other resources in the teacher’spack. Brainstorm how each resource might be usedin class, in the school, in the parish. You may prefer tobreak into smaller groups and take one resource eachto talk over ideas and then share with whole staff.the following resources are in the teacher’s packand online.1. Primary booklet Y1-6. See, Judge, Act: learning torecognise CST in action.2. templates for making card sets Y7-10 with notes‘How to use the caritas cSt card game’.3. Seven cSt posters with notes on ‘How to usethese posters’.4. Notes on ‘Follow up the cSt videos’ for seven shortvideos online.5. leaflet on catholic social teaching.6. Prayers for Social Justice Week for form time insecondary schools.Staff meeting ideasBegin with a prayer. Prayer resources to choose from:Booklet with Prayers for Social Justice Week in theteacher’s pack.Scripture Luke 4:16-22. Have a bible ready with thispassage marked.Psalm 97:1, 2, 8. (Photocopy from the Master sheet inthis booklet.)Prayers of the faithful. (Photocopy from the Staff liturgyin this booklet.)A justice song e.g. Song for Justice included in thisbooklet.Justice for all who are homelessSocial JuStice Week 2014 catholic Social teaching5Some examples from the Religious educationcurriculum include:Y1-8 strands – Jesus Christ – Hēhu Karaiti; Church –Community of Disciples; Communion of Saints –Te Kōtahitanga o te Hunga Tapu.Year 9. The Beginning of the Church in AotearoaNew ZealandYear 10. Inspiring Men and Womenlook at the Gospel values and the cSt principles showedby the inspiring people mentioned.Year 10. Sinfulness and Reconciliationuse examples using the newspaper activity to apply cStprinciples to different scenarios.Year 11. Conscience, Morality and Decision MakingDevelop skills for moral decision-making and include theapplication of human dignity to all issues of justice.Year 12. Social JusticeHow cSt principles inform us and help us to reflect andrespond to social issues of our time.Years 12 &13. Biblical Studiesthere are important links with Scripture (See p10 SevenCatholic beliefs about people and their lives written foryoung people.)Activity 4: How I will use these materialsallow time for each syndicate/teacher to share what thefoci for their year level is.they might:• Decide how the key concepts will link with their Restrands being taught. See below for some examples.• Decide how they will incorporate the See, Judge, Act–Tirohia, Wānangatia, Mahia slogan into their classmanagement plan.• outline how they could link the principles to otherlearning areas such as the arts-Ngā toi or Socialsciences – tikanga-ā-iwi.NotesSocial JuStice Week 2014 catholic Social teaching6Staff liturgythe following is an adaptation of a plan written byanne kennedy for schools in the Dunedin Diocesein 2011. We thank anne for allowing us to adapt forthis booklet.You will need to prepare:Prayer focus.Bible open at luke 4:16-22.Seven posters for Social Justice Week.Place on individual staff chairs the following: Schoolpolicy folder; copy of cSt principles; world globe; staffprayer candle; crucifx; today’s newspaper.Let justice begin through meTheme: Catholic social teachingand our schoolLeaderlet us pray together.God of justice, as we begin our work together on thetheme of catholic social teaching, we ask you to plant inour hearts a spirit of justice and compassion. open ourminds to how we can bring this into action in our school.We light this candle as a reminder of your presenceamong us today and throughout this year.Reader 1: let us view each of the seven postersand read around the group the named principle andthe defnition.Take a few minutes to silently reflect on what you have seenand heard.Reader 2: “a Reading from the Gospel of luke”(luke 4:16-22)Finish with “the Gospel of the lord.”Response: Praise to You lord Jesus christ /Whakamoemiti ki te atua.Prayer of the faithfulas each prayer is spoken hold the symbol that is with youand when fnished, place it on the prayer focus. (See listunder Preparation section above.)Leaderthe response to our prayer is ‘that our school communitylive and proclaim justice, truth and love for all.’All That our school community live and proclaimjustice, truth and love for all.Leader e te atua, we place these prayers today intoyour hands.Social JuStice Week 2014 catholic Social teaching7First person: (Holding up the school policy folder.)For our planning, policies, practices and all we do thisyear to reflect the dignity and respect due to all membersof our community, we pray:All That our school community will live andproclaim justice, truth and love for all.Second person: (Holding up the copy of cSt principles.)For the principles of catholic social teaching to permeateour relationships with each other, with our children, withour community, we pray:All That our school community will live andproclaim justice, truth and love for allThird person: (Holding a globe of the earth.) We prayfor a focus on stewardship of the earth so that we maydeepen our understanding of how we can share ourresources with those in need, we pray:All That our school community will live andproclaim justice, truth and love for all.Fourth person: (Holding a candle.) For this light of christto remind us of the human dignity and equality of allpeople, especially the children in our school, we pray:All That our school community will live andproclaim justice, truth and love for all.Fifth person: (Holding a crucifx.) For this image of Jesussuffering, to remind us of the suffering of the poor andvulnerable in our community and lead us to action thatwill bring about change, we pray:All That our school community will live andproclaim justice, truth and love for all.Sixth person: (Holding up the daily newspaper.)For all those whose lives are in need of God’s love andcompassion that we read about each day in the news –for those caught up in war, violence, tragedy, illness anddeath, we pray in solidarity:All That our school community will live andproclaim justice, truth and love for all.Leader let’s take a moment to pray in silence or aloudother prayers we may have at this time.Responselet us conclude our liturgy by praying the Our Fathertogether.Closingchoose to read Psalm 97 with the response togetherThe Lord brings justice to his people.Psalm 97the lord is king! earth, be glad!Rejoice, you islands of the seas!clouds and darkness surround him;He rules with righteousness and justice.ResponseFire goes in front of himand burns up his enemies around him.His lightening lights up the world;the earth sees it and trembles.Responselight shines on the righteous,and gladness on the good.all you that are righteous be gladBecause of what the lord has done!Responseor sing or play a suitable piece to conclude this partof the meeting.Suggestion: Song for justice by colin Gibson.Social JuStice Week 2014 catholic Social teaching8Song for Justicelet justice roll down like a riverlet justice roll down like a sea,let justice roll down like a river,let justice begin through me.Justice for all who go hungry,crying to God to be fed,left in a world of abundance,to beg for a morsel of bread.Justice for all who are homeless,Victims of warfare or need,trapped on the borders of nowhere,lost in the canyons of greed.Justice for all who are powerlessYearning for freedom in vain,Plundered and robbed of their birthright,Silently bearing their pain.Justice for all who are homelessJustice for all who are powerlessJustice for all who go hungryPlundered and robbed of their birthrightSocial JuStice Week 2014 catholic Social teaching9Putting principles of Catholic social teachinginto action in our school ofto honour and act on the principle of Human dignity in our school weto honour and act on the principle of Participation in our school weto honour and act on the principle of Solidarity in our school weto honour and act on the principle of Stewardship in our school weto honour and act on the principle of Preferential protection for the poor and vulnerable in our school weto honour and act on the principle of Subsidiarity in our school weto honour and act on the principle of the Common Good in our school weSocial JuStice Week 2014 catholic Social teaching10Seven Catholic beliefs about peopleand their liveswritten for young people.Human dignityevery person is valuable to creator God whether theyare men or women, boys or girls, old, young, any race orreligion, rich or poor, healthy or sick or differently abled.every person has mana and is worthy of our respect.Galatians 3:28, isaiah 42:1-4, isaiah 43:4-7Protection of the poor and vulnerableWe need to fnd ways to help those who are poor, indanger, sick or frightened. We must protect them aspart of our human family. luke 6:17-26, isaiah 58:6-8, 20,isaiah 35:3-7, Ps 113:7-9StewardshipWe do not own the land, the seas or the sky. We arekaitiaki. We must care for them so that all people whocome after us can live well too. We need to share thewater and food from this earth with the whole humanfamily. Proverbs 3:9-10, isaiah 55:1-6, Ps 104:27-30Participationeverybody has a right and a duty to take part in theircommunity and work together so that everyone canbe happy. everybody has the right to be included inactivities and groups like schooling, work, culture,politics, or sports. Matt 52:32-39, Ps 67:1-7SolidarityWe belong to one big human family – one whānau.We need to support each other, no matter where we livein the world so that everyone can live peaceful, happyand useful lives. Matt 10:40-42, eph:3:14-21, Ps 145:14-20SubsidiarityPeople should have a say in decisions that affect them.as much as possible, communities should makedecisions for themselves, rather than large organisationsor governments making decisions for them. Ps 25:4-5,9-10, acts 15:6-13, acts 16:4-6Common goodthis principle is followed when decisions are madewhich are the best for everyone in the community or thecountry. these decisions do not put the rights of a fewindividuals above the needs of the whole group. luke15:1-6, Ps 32:8, Job 5:9-16, acts 1:42-47as a useful class exercise suggest to students thatthey locate other Scripture references to link witheach principle. use the newspaper to fnd imagesthat go with these too.left in a world of abundance[8774 cabbages]Social JuStice Week 2014 catholic Social teaching11Guided meditationHow might we locate a ‘social justice’ heart?create a quiet space and use the following for guidedmeditation. Read each line with thoughtful andgentle expression.The Hazardi recall the words of Paul,“let this mind be in you, which was in Jesus christ.”i ask the lord to offer me his heart …i see him take away my heart of stone …Put in its place his heart of flesh …i feel the strange sensationof returning to my worldWith someone else’s heart …i sense in me an urge to pray.i hurry to my usual place of prayerand feel my new heart doing unusual things …i walk along a busy street.the usual crowds are everywhereand i look at them, to my astonishment,in a strangely different kind of way today …the sight of them awakens thoughts and feelingsQuite different from the ones i am accustomed to …i set out for my homeand as i walk i look at trees and birds,at clouds and animals and all of natureWith a different kind of vision …at homeat worki look at people i dislikeand see myself reacting differently …the same thing happens.i note that with this new heart of minei am strong in situationsthat i formerly avoided …there are occasionsWhen my heart dissolves in tenderness …and others when it burns with indignation.My new heart makes me independent:i do not cease to be attached to many things …But the clinging disappearsi feel free to let them go …i try this out delightedly,Moving from one attachment to another …then to my alarm, it steers me into situationsthat get me into trouble …i fnd myself involved in thingsthat put an end my desire for comfort …i say things that antagonise …Finally i come back to the presence of the lordto give him back his heart.it was exciting to be fttedWith the heart of christ himself.But i know i am not ready for it yet.i still need to protect myself a little …But even as i take my poor heart backi know that i will be a different personFrom having felt, if only for a moment.From Wellsprings: a book of spiritual exercises,by anthony de Mello, SJSocial JuStice Week 2014 catholic Social teaching12Let justice roll down like a riverLet justice roll down like a sea,Let justice roll down like a river,Let justice begin through me.Acknowledgementsthanks to the following for their contributions to thecaritas materials on catholic social teaching 2014.Catherine Gibbs and Gemma Sinnott writersGraeme Siddle editorLisa Beech advocacy advisorElizabeth Wootton contents advisorAnne Kennedy contents advisorDesignMiranda LeesPhotosCaritas staff, Adrian Heke, John WilliamsNotesCaritas Aotearoa New Zealand Catholic Centre, 22-30 Hill St, PO Box 12193, Wellington 6144caritas@caritas.org.nz www.caritas.org.nz Tel: (+64 4) 496 1742 Fax: (+64 4) 499 2519facebook.com/caritasaotearoa twitter.com/caritasNZISBN: 978-0-908631-77-3 Charities No: CC36055
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