Social Justice is the way we live out our lives as Disciples of Jesus. We are God’s hands in the world and must react accordingly.
Our school’s strategic plan focusses on our ability to be disciples of Jesus and reach out to others in our parish and broader communities in Australia and around the world. We also participate in numerous Social Justice activities in the wider community.
Our Social Justice Group, with the support of our Parent Social Justice Group, actively engage the school and parish community in a number of initiatives. Our students have many opportunities to actively express their deep commitment to Gospel values such as trust, acceptance, respect, compassion, responsibility and service to others.
We believe it is through our social justice initiatives and actions that the words of our Vision and Mission have been put into place, and that we truly live as disciples of Jesus. Some of these initiatives include supporting three main Catholic organisations:
- St Vincent de Paul Society
- donations of blankets, clothing, food and other supplies to the Matthew Talbot Hostel Winter Appeal
- hamper donations to the annual Christmas Appeal for the growing number of Waterloo families in need, as well as Our Lady of Mount Saint Carmel School.
- Caritas Australia : Project Compassion collections during Lent.
- Catholic Mission: fundraising initiatives such as Crazy Sock Day during Mission Month.
Since 2005 Holy Family has sponsored one teacher and two students at the School of St Jude, which was started in 2002 by Australian Gemma Sisia to service the orphaned and vulnerable children in the lowest socio-economic class in Tanzania.
At Holy Family we believe that Social Justice is about respecting human dignity and promoting the common good. As Catholics we are called to respond to those in need and work for justice and peace.