Faith In Action
Service and Solidarity
Then the King will say to those at his right hand, "Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me." Then the righteous will answer him "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you? And the king will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it for me."
St. Patrick's has a proud history of outreach to the poor and marginalised. The Paddies' Van is a street van which students, staff and community members take out several times a week to help those in most need in our local community.
These service programs centre on two major themes:
- The Dignity of the Person; and
- The Nurturing of Right Relationships.
We aim not to just provide a good meal, but to develop relationships through presence and compassion. A significant part of these experiences then is for participants to sit down and have a chat with the patrons of the Paddies' Van.
Tuesday Afternoon Tutoring - Zillmere Library
Each Tuesday afternoon our students travel to Zillmere library to tutor students from a variety of ages, backgrounds and schools.
Tuesday Morning Breakfast - Decker Park, Brighton
Each Tuesday morning a team of Year 9 students serve a BBQ breakfast to the park residents and others from nearby boarding houses.
Wednesday Dinner – Sandgate Community Centre
Each Wednesday evening a team of student volunteers and teachers serve dinner for those in the local area from Sandgate to Redcliffe sleeping rough or from nearby boarding houses. This is run in conjunction with the Sandgate Community Centre who offer laundry and showers.
Thursday Morning Healthy Eating Breakfast
Each Thursday morning, as part of the Health & Physical Education and Religious Education curriculum, a team of Year 9 students prepare and deliver a healthy meal for students at Humpybong State School on the Redcliffe Peninsula.
Saturday Night BBQ - Einbunpin Lagoon, Sandgate
Every second Saturday evening a team of Year 8 students and parents host a BBQ for local residents and others from nearby boarding houses.
An enthusiastic group of Rice House students work on maintaining a vegetable garden that educates them about sustainable environmental practices and also provides the vegetables which are then used to make the soup, pasta or curry served from the Paddies' Van.
Students and staff are given the opportunity to stand in solidarity with the poor through our immersion programs to India and East Timor. The India pilgrimage, traditionally led by College Chaplain Father Liam Horsfall SVD, is a transformational and confronting experience for participants who spend time in Kolkata, Jharsuguda and Puri. Highlights and challenges of the three week experience include working with Mother Teresa's Sisters and visting Loreto Day School Sealdah in Kolkata, sitting and talking with the leprosy patients in Puri, watching and admiring the amazing handmaids of Mary, playing with the "untouchable" children in Rajgangpur and of course playing cricket with locals everywhere including a small town called Gaibira. In East Timor, our boys work alongside locals as well as students from fellow EREA schools St Laurence's and St Edmund's Colleges in building classrooms for local children as part of the combined schools HELP program.