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1.d Religious Education and Family Life Program
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Description of Activity

  • Charity/Justice Initiatives

SMART Goal Design - Is this goal...

  • Specific?
  • Measurable?
  • Attainable?
  • Result-oriented?
  • Time-bound?

Goal/Expected Result

  • Establish a yearly plan for community outreach that includes activities centered around both charity and justice


  • Documents on Catholic Social Teaching (contact the Board’s Religious Education Department)
  • Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace
  • Holy Childhood Association
  • Catholic Education and the Corporate Sector (ICE)
  • Maquila Solidarity Network
  • Free the Children
  • Social Justice Web Site of ALCDSB contains extensive archives of school activities as well as guidelines for student involvement and ethical fundraising

Relevant Catholic Theme(s)

  • Dignity of the Person
  • Community and the Common Good
  • Preferential Option for the Poor
  • Human Rights and Responsibilities
  • Dignity of Work and Service
  • Stewardship for Creation
  • Love and Justice
  • Peace
  • Hope


  • CGE1d Develops attitudes and values founded on Catholic social teaching and acts to promote social responsibility, human solidarity and the common good
  • CGE1h Respects the faith traditions, world religions and the life-journeys of all people of good will
  • CGE3a Recognizes there is more grace in our world than sin and that hope is essential in facing all challenges
  • CGE7e Witnesses to Catholic social teaching by promoting equality, democracy, and solidarity for a just, peaceful and compassionate society

How will success be determined?

  • Students and staff participate in charitable activities and justice events
Contributors Tasks

School Administration

  • Include school outreach as a topic for a staff meeting
  • Ensure that staff understand what charity means and what justice means in the context of Catholic social teaching
  • Ensure that student and staff education is a key component of any justice related activity
  • Brainstorm school activities that would fall into each category
  • Establish school plan

Faith Ambassador/

  • Support administration


  • Participate in the development of a plan

Students/Student Council/Student Faith Group

  • Participate in the development of a plan

Board’s Religious Education Department

  • Open to provide in-service on Catholic social teaching and assist school in developing plan
Process Stages Details and Considerations

June (Prior Year)

  • Administration meets with a representative committee of teachers, Faith Ambassador, Chaplain, parish representative, parents and students, to examine the needs of
  • the school, and
  • the local and global community with respect to fundraising and justice issues
    • Draft a tentative plan for the following school year
    • Ensure that the plan contains both Charity and Justice Initiatives
    • Ensure that there is a strong educational component to the plan


    • At a staff meeting outline the Charity/Justice Initiatives Plan
    • Show how the committee grounded these initiatives in Catholic social teaching
    • Invite feedback and have committee modify plan if necessar


  • Present plan at School Council meeting

September - June

  • Implement Plan
  • Evaluate at the end of the school year

Effectiveness (degree to which goal has been achieved)

  • School involvement in
    • charitable activities
    • justice activities
    • justice education

Follow Up/Next Steps

  • Evaluate plan in light of the activities
  • Aim for parent involvement
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