faith and identity

Faith Formation

Faith and Identity are the core elements of St Pius X College.

 

The Lord has shown us, O humanity, what goodness is:
To act justly,
To love tenderly,
To walk humbly with our God.

Micah 6: 8

As a long standing Catholic community we seek to ensure that EREA Touchstones and our Christian values are reflected in every aspect of our College.

We aim to provide meaningful and engaging faith opportunities that not only build upon our rich Catholic identity but also find relevance and meaning in the context of our ever-changing world.

Religious Education

Commencement Mass

Religious Education is a vital and integral part of the College curriculum at St Pius X College. The spirit and teachings of Jesus Christ permeate all that we do in the classroom and across the curriculum, on the sports field, in the playground, on the stage and in the community.

The overall aim of Religious Education is the promotion of each student’s growth in faith. This is achieved through the overall Catholic ethos of the College and the boys’ experiences of prayer, liturgy, reflection days, retreats, ministry and service.

The Religious Education programs at St Pius X College follow the objectives and outcomes of the Broken Bay syllabus. Stage 6 Religious Education follows NESA’s Studies of Religion syllabus.

Prayer & Liturgical Celebrations

Prayer and liturgy are an integral part of our community. They confirm our identity as a Catholic faith community and strengthen our connections to our Parish.

The Commencement Mass sets the theme for a prayerful year, with a Touchstone chosen for the focus theme. Liturgies are always reflective occasions and are a unique opportunity to celebrate together as a community. The prayer life of the College has been enhanced in 2017 with the introduction of the Christian Brothers’ Chapel for intimate liturgical celebrations. Mass is held fortnightly in the Chapel in collaboration with Mercy Catholic College and Our Lady of Dolours Parish.

Liturgical events held throughout the year include:

80th Anniversary and Founder’s Day Mass
  • Commencement Mass
  • Homeroom Prayer
  • Parents & Friends Mass
  • Ash Wednesday Liturgy
  • Easter Liturgy
  • ANZAC Day
  • Year 5 Bible and Year 6 Leadership Pledge Liturgy
  • Founder’s Day Mass
  • Mothers’ Day Liturgy (Senior School) and Mass (Junior School)
  • Special devotion to Our Lady in May and October
  • Reconciliation Assembly
  • Year 12 Graduation Mass
  • Special devotion to the deceased in November
  • Remembrance Day
  • Christmas Closing Mass

Camps & Retreats

At St Pius X College, students participate in a range of faith formation opportunities that assist to develop the spiritual life of each student.

  • Years 5-9 students attend Camps and the Outdoor Education Program which have spiritual focus.
  • Year 10 attend a number of Reflection Days which are based on the themes of journey and relationship
  • Year 11 attend three Retreat Days focusing on stewardship and leadership
  • Year 12 attend a three-day Retreat focussing on their individual spirituality and their relationships with each other and with God.

80th Anniversary and Founder’s Day Mass