Catholic Social Teaching

"Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth."- 1 John 3:18 (ESV)

Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is rooted in Scripture and it guides us how we can live out our faith as followers of Christ in our local, national and global community. As head of the church, the Pope guides us in how we can apply the scripture to our modern day lives and how the Church can respond to the challenges we face in our modern world. Pope Francis’ shared his own thoughts in his recent encyclicals Laudato Si’ (2015) and Fratelli Tutti (2020). Every half term in Our Lady and St Joseph we have a CST principle. We begin with Scripture so that our pupils gain a deeper understanding to connect them with our faith. Each class works together to create a project or initiative.

To see some of our class initiatives, please visit our Catholic Social Teaching blog.

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Care for Creation

The Option for the Poor 

Dignity

The Common Good 

Peace

Solidarity and the Dignity of Work and Participation 

We believe that the earth is our common home and that we should use its resources wisely. It is our Christian vocation to steward our common home, live sustainably and enhance the wellbeing of our planet. We believe that all resources on earth should be shared with everyone equally. We show kindness and compassion to others and put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first. We believe that we are beautifully made in the image and likeness of God and that each one of us is unique. We are called to treat every person with love and respect. We speak clearly and show respect and responsibility for our sisters and brothers who are in need. We are called to work for the good of each and all. We learn about responsibilities and rights and we respect the views of others. We act with courage and determination to empower everyone to have a say. God created us as one global family, called to support our brothers and sisters. We are encouraged to ask ‘who is our neighbour?’ and think how we can serve the local, national and global communities of which we are a part.

 

 

Sister Christine Frost MBE

Sister Chris is a very important member of our school and the pillar of our community. She was awarded an MBE for her work in our local community and other deprived areas in Tower Hamlets, where she has been campaigning since the early 1980s. She launched Neighbours in Poplar (NIP) in 1968 to help  older adults meet up and enjoy outings, and later South Poplar and Limehouse Action for Secure Housing (SPLASH), showing similar concern for teenagers. She support those that are vulnerable and in need of help in our community and has a range of initiatives with NIP such as The Neighbour’s In Poplar Homeless Shelter and preparing dinners for the vulnerable and elderly in our community all year round. We work very closely with Sister Chris on her initiatives in the local community. Sister Chris also visits each class in the academic year where we have ‘Chats with Sister Chris’. During these sessions, Sister will talk to the children about a range of topics such as Scripture and how we can follow in Jesus’ footsteps; the importance and power of prayer and the different forms of prayer; social action in our local, national and global communities and how we can help. 

For more information please visit our RE Blog.