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Focus on Faith: Solidarity

The Halton Catholic District School Board is rooted in, and envisions education based on the true model of moral character, Jesus Christ. By inculcating gospel values into all of our pursuits, we work for the highest ideal of human character. At St. Anne Catholic School we support our Board’s initiative to ensure Christ-centered character formation is guided and supported by the Unifying Catholic Theme identified for each grade. These Themes are drawn from the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church, and find their source in the Kindergarten to Grade 8 Religious Education and Family Life Education programs. Each month, we will highlight one of the Catholic Social Teachings so that you can support the Teachings at home. Our first Catholic Social Teaching is Solidarity which is the foundational theme for Grade 8.

Catholic Teaching on the principle of solidarity, also articulated in terms of “friendship” or “social charity” is a direct demand of human and Christian brotherhood. Solidarity is manifested in the first place by the distribution of goods and remuneration for work. It also presupposes the effort for a more just social order where tensions are better able to be reduced and conflicts more readily settled by negotiation.

Using this teaching, our school will incorporate this theme into all curriculum areas, giving your children opportunities to:

· recognize that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers 

· recognize that we are one human family, created in the image of God, regardless of ethnicity, creed, economic, or ideological differences

· understand that to love one’s neighbour has local and global implications in an interdependent world

· understand the Catholic Church’s position in interfaith dialogue

Socio-economic problems can be resolved only with the help of all the forms of solidarity: solidarity of the poor among themselves, between rich and poor, of workers among themselves, between employers and employees in a business, solidarity among nations and peoples. International solidarity is a requirement of the moral order; world peace depends in part upon this. (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

“All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.” Acts 2:44-45

Melanson, BrianFocus on Faith: Solidarity