School and Parish Engagement
We partner with schools and parishes in the Archdiocese of Melbourne and the Diocese of Sale who help us to meet the needs of our communities.
We offer a range of programs and services, workshops and resources for school and parish communities.
CatholicCare provides marriage education courses and family counselling services, but we are also here to support the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in your parish, and so it's important we work together.
Each year, parishes participate in our annual CatholicCare Sunday Appeal. You can view the 2019 Sunday Appeal resources here. 2020 resources for Sunday Appeal will be available later in the year!
Programs and services
We also have partnerships with several parishes who support our Asylum Seeker Support program. Parishes also refer couples to our Pre-Marriage Education courses and purchase GodStart resources to distribute to new parents.
At CatholicCare we know that strong relationships are crucial in life - with partners, families, children, employers, institutions and society in general.
There are a variety of ways CatholicCare can collaborate with your school to support your community.
Since 1985, CatholicCare has partnered with Catholic Education Melbourne to conduct Family Week in schools throughout the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Family Week is also celebrated in schools throughout the Diocese of Sale.
With a focus on families and a commitment to supporting school social justice programs, Family Week is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the role of families.
Programs and services
We can also work directly with you and your students through our school counselling programs and Relationships Matter! workshops, which help prepare students for work and life beyond school. We collect data across all of the schools we work with, and share our insights and analysis on the issues students are grappling with as well as how individual schools compare.
In December 2018 we launched an activity booklet for families to use with their children throughout the summer holidays. The booklet, called Caring and Growing Together in the Summer Holidays, can be used to strengthen family relationships over the holidays and provide ideas for coming together as a family.