The aim of the Religion Programme is to inform students and to develop in them a deeper understanding of their faith. In order to ensure that this can become a reality it is presumed that parents accept that they have an integral part to play in fostering their child’s faith.
Each class in the Patrician Secondary School has two forty-minute classes in Religious Studies each weak. In First, Second and Third Year each student has his own text. In Fifth and Sixth Year a selection of texts built up by the school over the past number of years is used.
There is formal instruction in the Catholic faith and the tenets and values of this faith. The student’s own experience is seen as a valuable starting point and the teacher builds on and enriches their understanding by sharing his/her own faith and informing the students as to what the Catholic Church teaches. Students are encouraged to attend Mass and as a school we organise a number of religious ceremonies during the year.
Religious Services during the year:
- Celebration of the Eucharist at the beginning of the Year
- November Remembrance Month
- Carol Service
- First Year Retreat
- Ash Wednesday Distribution of Ashes
- Second Year Mass during Lent
- Celebration of the Eucharist at the Sixth Year Graduation.
- Open the school year with a Mass with maximum student participation.
Teachers at different intervals organise Class Masses and teachers also request the school chaplain to attend for the Sacrament of Penance.
In order to encourage a sense of Community, all students are expected to attend these ceremonies.
School Chaplain is provided by the Parish and is available at the schools request.