Why a Sion Community Primary School Mission?
Well, let’s look at that in more detail by asking the question, ‘What does the Church say about mission?’
Speaking about catechesis Pope St. John Paul II said:
“The specific character of catechesis, as distinct from the initial conversion - bringing proclamation of the Gospel, has the twofold objective of maturing the initial faith and of educating the true disciple of Christ by means of a deeper and more systematic knowledge of the person and the message of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But in catechetical practice, this model order must allow for the fact that the initial evangelisation has often not taken place. A certain number of children baptised in infancy come for catechesis in the parish without receiving any other initiation into the faith and still without any explicit personal attachment to Jesus Christ; they only have the capacity to believe placed within them by Baptism and the presence of the Holy Spirit; and opposition is quickly created…”
The initial evangelisation spoken of involves the proclamation of the basic Gospel message:
“Evangelisation will also always contain…a clear proclamation that, in Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man, who died and rose from the dead, salvation is offered to all men, as a gift of God's grace and mercy…which indeed has its beginning in this life but which is fulfilled in eternity.” (Pope Paul VI)
Pope St John Paul II asks an important question:
“How are we to reveal Jesus Christ, God made man, to this multitude of children and young people, reveal Him not just in the fascination of a first fleeting encounter but through an acquaintance, growing deeper and clearer daily, with Him, His message, the plan of God that He has revealed, the call He addresses to each person, and the kingdom that He wishes to establish in this world with the "little flock" of those who believe in Him, a kingdom that will be complete only in eternity? How are we to enable them to know the meaning, the import, the fundamental requirements, the law of love, the promises and the hopes of this kingdom?”
Given that so many of the children in our schools come from families whose regular practice of the faith has ceased, our Catholic schools now have an increasingly important role in helping to answer this question. Given that “the initial evangelisation has often not taken place”, there is a great need for a dynamic proclamation of the Gospel to the children.
Sion Community Primary School Missions aim to provide such an opportunity for a clear, lively, child-friendly proclamation of the Gospel message. A proclamation which is aimed at all members of the school and, indeed, the mission team too! For:
“The Church is an evangeliser, but she begins by being evangelised herself…she needs to listen unceasingly to what she must believe, to her reasons for hoping, to the new commandment of love…she always needs to hear the proclamation of the "mighty works of God"…In brief, this means that she has a constant need of being evangelised, if she wishes to retain freshness, vigour and strength in order to proclaim the Gospel.” (Pope Paul VI)