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Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching



Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching is based on the belief that God has a plan for creation, a plan to build his kingdom of peace, love and justice.


At Holy Family, Catholic Social Teaching is incorporated into our everyday life and the curriculum. Children are asked to put their faith into action and reflect on how their learning enables them to do so. Each collective worship refers to Catholic Social Teaching which helps make the worship relevant to our lives today.


Solidarity and the Common Good

We are all people of God, one family.  Therefore what happens to one has an impact on all, locally, nationally and globally.  At the heart of solidarity is the pursuit of peace and justice.  Our love for all calls us to work for a peaceful and just society where everyone has a fair share of the goods needed for a sustainable life, and opportunities for growth and development is offered equally.  The dignity of every person is respected.


We show solidarity by:

  • raising awareness of social justice

  • writing to our local leaders

  • praying for others

  • making connections

  • making socially responsible choices


Human Dignity

Every human person is created in the image and likeness of God.  Therefore, every person's life and dignity must be respected and supported from conception until the end of their natural life on earth.


We recognise the human dignity of others by:

  • being respectful

  • treating people equally

  • raising awareness of civil rights

  • preferential option for the vulnerable


Family and Community

The human person is not only sacred, but social.  How society is organised, be it socially, economically, legally or politically has a direct impact on the dignity and growth of every person and community.  Marriage and family should be supported and strengthened.  Every person has a right to work to support themselves and their families as well as building up the common god for all.


We show we are part of a community by:

  • working together

  • working for the common good

  • participating and engaging

  • being active members of our community



 The world God has created for us has been entrusted to everyone and we are responsible and accountable to God as stewards of the Earth.  The world has been given to us as a gift, to enjoy and care for so that future generations can enjoy it too.  It is in caring for creation that we show our love and respect for its creator.


We show we care for creation by:

  • taking responsibility for our environment

  • making environmentally responsible choices

  • having awe and wonder for the natural world


Dignity of Work

 Work is a way in which we an continue to participate in God's creation.  Work gives dignity to life and must be carried out in such a way that the basic rights of workers are respected.  Everyone has the right to work, to fair and livable wages, and to organise and join a union.  The economy must be conducted so that it serves the needs of the people.


We recognise the dignity of work by:

  • respecting all workers

  • contributing to society

  • making responsible economic choices

  • supporting wellbeing and workers' rights

  • sharing our talents with others


Rights and Responsibilities

Every person has a fundamental right to life.  It is this right that makes all other rights possible.  Everyone has the right to food, health care, housing, education and employment.  We all need to strive to secure and respect these rights for others both locally and globally.


We acknowledge our rights and responsibilities by:

  • recognising our duties as members of a community

  • standing up for what is right

  • following our school rules


Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

Society is judged in how it cares for the poor and vulnerable - our brothers and sisters.  We read in scripture how God has a special concern for the oppressed, poor, vulnerable and those forced to the margins of society.  The Church calls us to respond to the cry of the poor and to put their needs first.  This preferential treatment for the poor and vulnerable must be seen in action in our daily lives.


We show a preferential option for the poor and vulnerable by:

  • fundraising for charitable causes

  • raising awareness

  • treating others with dignity and respect

  • thinking of the needs of others

CAFOD - LIVE SIMPLY Assembly - Sept 23


This week we have started our LiveSimply journey. The Chaplaincy Team along with the Eco Council prepared and led a whole school assembly informing our school community about our Catholic Social Teaching commitments - this week we focused on 'Stewardship'. Together as a school, each class pledged ways that they could 'own' their environmental footprint and help to make the world a cleaner and greener place.  Each class has a Live Simply Certificate to help them along this journey.

LIVE SIMPLY - Assembly

CAFOD - Catholic Social Teaching Day


We had CAFOD come into school this Autumn to help the children understand the reasoning behind their teachings. Each class had a lesson about how we as Catholics can become fulfilled in community and family. They talked about how we can promote these virtues and how it is our responsibility to participate in society and to promote the common good, especially for the poor and the vulnerable.


In Year 6 they discussed the 9 principles that make up this wonderful thinking - and if the principles were incorporated into everyone's lives, the world would be a better place for all. The principles are:  Human Dignity, Subsidiarity, Participation, Common Good, Stewardship, Distributive Justice, Solidarity, Promoting Peace & Preferential Option for the Poor. The children had to think about each of these in small groups and discuss how they link to certain situations. The whole class were engaged and enthusiastic.


In Year 4, we discussed the 9 animals which represent Catholic Social Teaching in a Worldwide Context - we linked some of the animals to the continent that they originate from and looked at some examples of ways we can support people in these communities using the example of Catholic Social Teaching. The children were then given a range of different scenarios that may happen in their lives - they had to work together to decide which of the elements of Catholic Social Teaching was represented in each example.