Our Mission

The mission of the Church is to transform and renew people and their world through the power of the Gospel. The frontline of this mission is the Parish. 

We, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) have been commissioned by the Bishop of Broken Bay to bring the message of God's Kingdom to Catholic students.

"...Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples..."

The fundamental vocation and mission of the Parish is to "be a place in the world community of believers, to gather together as a sign and instrument of the vocation of all to communion, in a word, to be a house of welcome and a place of service to all." (Pope John Paul II)

The religious dimension of education is one way in which this mission is carried out. The Parish has a responsibility to assist parents in providing a Catholic education for their children according to their circumstances. For those who cannot or do not attend Catholic schools, SRE or 'Scripture', as it is popularly known, provides a religious dimension in State schooling which contributes to a Catholic formation.

SRE teachers offer the genuinely human values of the Gospel as a contribution to the personal developments of students. The critical perspective of faith which they present contributes to the education of the students. SRE teachers or catechists assist the Parish Priest to fulfil his obligations in Religious Education, and assist and support parents in their responsibility.

SRE teachers provide an integral dimension which would be missing from the schooling of more than half our Catholic students in the Diocese of Broken Bay, without them.






People in SRE

In the Parish

Parish Priest

By reason of his office of pastoral leadership of the Parish, the Parish Priest has the responsibility of providing a Catholic education according to circumstances to assist parents in fulfilling their responsibility. It is also his responsibility to provide Christian formation of young adults and children. The parish priest authorises SRE teachers to go into Government schools in his Parish. There is an official syllabus approved by the Bishop for the Diocese of Broken Bay, which is to be taught by all SRE teachers in the Diocese; the Parish Priest is responsible for providing these approved teaching materials. The Parish Priest is the director of the CCD in his parish.

Parish Catechist Co-ordinator

This person undertakes the leadership of the day to day matters relating to planning and teaching SRE in the Parish. The Parish Catechist Co-ordinator is responsible to the Parish Priest for recruitment, authorisation documents, convening and chairing meetings, selecting, supporting and planning classes.

SRE Teacher/Catechist

All SRE teachers are authorised by the Parish Priest to teach approved teaching materials to Catholic students in Government schools.

Classroom Helper

The classroom helper is a member of the Parish Catechist Team. As volunteers they also have to be authorised by the Parish Priest. They have agreed to help the Catechist in the classroom or perhaps they are new SRE teachers who prefer to assist another teacher until they feel more confident. They may assist in small groups when classes are large, help students who have difficulty finishing their work, correct books and prepare resources.

Parish School Delegate

Where there are several schools in a Parish, the Parish Catechist Co-ordinator may appoint one SRE teacher to be the contact person to keep the catechists informed and disseminate resources, letters and information.

In the Diocese

The Regional Support Co-ordinators are among the personnel whom the Diocese appoints to co-ordinate various Special Religious Education positions. They visit Parishes and schools in their Region to assist the Parish Catechist Co-ordinators. They are responsible for the training and support of the catechist teams.

The Diocesan CCD Co-ordinator has the responsibility to ensure the implementation, monitoring and development of all CCD guidelines relating to the CCD Apostolate. The Diocesan CCD Co-ordinator reports to the PSU Director who has overall responsibility for Parish Support.

The Bishop, as the first catechist in the Diocese, is responsible for the content and principles that govern all Special Religious Education in the Diocese and for all the personnel, both in their training and appointment.

Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001

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