Community Service & Remar
Saint Marcellin Champagnat saw education as the way to lead young people to the experience of personal faith and of their vocation as “good Christians and good citizens”. Consequently, as a Marist school, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College encourages students to actively participate in the local community by being of service to others and thereby building up the kingdom of God.
Community service opportunities exist for students at both the Traeger and Sadadeen Campuses. At Traeger (Years 5-8) students participate in activities including sandwich preparation for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, visiting residents at the Old Timers Retirement Village and participation in Mini Vinnies. At Sadadeen (Years 9-12) students can join the Remar movement which requires that participants undertake 20 hours of community service each year. In addition to Remar, the College offers senior students the possibility of volunteering for one of two immersion opportunities - visiting Cambodia and East Timor. Finally, for some Year 12 students community service is a component of their Religious Education course.
In 1976, a Marist Brother from Columbia, Br Nestor Quiceno recognised that in every group of students, there were always those who were looking for more or prepared to question the status quo, particularly with respect to social justice and faith issues. In response to that need, Br Nestor established a voluntary group where their energy and passion could be channelled. It was also hoped, through this avenue, to encourage a greater ownership and sense of renewal within the Marist Charism.
Remar is currently operating within most Australian states and territories, New Zealand and South America.
Through the Remar program, we are seeking to achieve the three main goals as outlined in the framework for Catholic Youth Ministry, which are as follows:
- to foster the personal and spiritual growth of each young person
- to draw young people into responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community
- to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today
- Empowers young people to be faithful to the spreading of Christ’s message through the Church
- Responds to the call of the Marist Brothers and their founder, Saint Marcellin Champagnat, to ensure every young person knows “how much Jesus Christ has loved” them and how they should, in return, love the divine Saviour
- Forms young Christian leaders within life, and for life. It is one way of being ‘Church on mission’ in the world
- Proactively responds to the needs and desires of young people in our times
- Empowers young people to develop a deep knowledge of their personal values, morals and beliefs
- Encourages young people to discover their unique vocation through Christ’s call to be disciples, and to explore avenues for response in daily life
- Has a fourfold focus:
- evangelization and faith development
- personal development and leadership training
- community experience
- social justice awareness and action