Students identify many ways in which faith is shared and strengthened in communities of believers past and present
Students evaluate the significance of the writings of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop for communities of believers
Students explain how evidence from the New Testament supports the significance of Mary as mother of Jesus, mother of the Church and her role in the church community
Students explain the significance of personal and communal prayer and worship including the Eucharist, Sabbath rituals and prayers for nourishing and strengthening communities of believers
Students participate respectfully in a variety of personal and communal prayer experiences including Marian prayers.
Students investigate the many ways the school/parish celebration of the Eucharist strengthens, nourishes and sustains their school community of believers.
Students use some of the words of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop to complete the worksheets and identify the qualities of individuals who care for others.
Students form groups of seven to review scripture passages that refer to Mary for clues about how her faith strengthened those around her. Each member of the group chooses one passage to read from the handout and takes turns to tell the rest of the group what the reading was about and which word or phrase from the following list they would use to describe Mary in that passage: strong, gentle, trusting, patient, courageous, risk taker, comforter, mother of the dying, refugee, wise and understanding, first disciple, faith filled.
Students choose one practice from the Shabbat to explore more fully e.g.the Shema, the meals, songs etc to develop their understanding about the connections between the selected Shabbat practice or prayers and why they are significant. How does the practice explain or represent the Jewish relationship with God?
Students choose a method of presentation to communicate their new knowledge.Examples include Voki, power point and PicPlayPost.
Students pray the Rosary without focusing on scripture but simply as a series of traditional prayers such as the Hail Mary, Glory Be and Our Father as a mantra and using beads. Students identify the two different purposes of using the Rosary to assist in a meditation of scripture and as a repetitive mantra.