Mission and Outreach
Service Learning and support within the local community
Throughout the year, the College supports a local Community Service Organisation, with an awareness campaign, guest speakers and a donations drive.
Term 1 – Caritas
In Term 1 we celebrate the launch of Project Compassion with the Catholic community at St Pat’s cathedral. Our Mission focus for this endeavour is to raise funds and build awareness for the millions of Australians who come together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.
Term 2 – Rosie’s
St Saviour’s College has a long-serving commitment to helping our neighbours, Rosie’s – our friends on the street, with our Rosie’s Response Program. Students and families give generously in the spirit of Mercy to not only increase awareness of the unfortunate circumstances people in our community may experience, but to approach this with positive actions of hope and a greater appreciation of our own circumstances. Our Rosie’s Response Program focuses on the donation of food items such as dried and tinned soups, instant noodles, cookies and other non-perishables. Senior students join the Rosie’s van once a month on a Friday night, accompanied by staff on a roster program. This is a rewarding experience for students, to assist those in our community experiencing life challenging circumstances.
Term 3 – St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal
In Term 3, the Youth ministry’s focus is to assist with the St Vincent DePaul Winter appeal. Families of our community give generously by donating blankets, scarves, gloves and jumpers to the Appeal. Julie Inskip, the Youth Engagement & Development Officer for St Vincent de Paul, works closely with our Youth Ministry team towards this initiative each year.
Term 4 – Living Crib
Our St Saviour’s College community devote Term 4 to supporting families in our local community who are experiencing hardship around Christmas time. It is especially hard for single parents and their children who have fled domestic and family violence situations.
As “the heads, hearts and the hands of Jesus”, we walk forward in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley and the sisters of Mercy by providing opportunities to live out the College Mercy Values of Justice, Excellence, Compassion and Hospitality. Youth Ministry provides activities which:
• build self-esteem
• Build community
• Invite students to connect with community
• Invite students to focus on life/the circumstances of others who are less fortunate, and make a positive difference
• Invite students to walk forward together, embodying our Core College Values of Compassion and Hospitality
Students of the Youth Ministry Team bring to life the living Mercy within the foundresses of our Mercy Charism, walking forward in faith. With the collaboration efforts of our Youth Ministry team, we share stories of our Sisters, who walked the Gospel values in their works and their words. Our student-elected Mission and Identity Captain of St Saviour’s College, leads this student group, honouring the life and works of Catherine McAuley. Catherine chose to follow the road less travelled; one of hard work and humble conditions, in the pursuit of others’ needs. The educational vision of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, is rooted in Christian ideals and values. For Catherine, the ministry of education is a work of Mercy, that is a wholehearted, compassionate, and integral response to people’s learning needs. In and through her everlasting respect, love, and concern for the neediest in the community in which she lived, Catherine demonstrated her commitment to the social justice dimension of her vision. She understood that to be merciful is to act justly and with compassion. She was convinced that to live mercy entails extending practical, active love to starving, homeless, sick, uneducated, and unemployed people. Catherine’s statement: “The poor need help today, not next week”, shows us the urgency she felt for the deprived. She insisted that loving underprivileged people means empowering them, to become the architects and agents of their own future. As Mercy girls, we embrace our Mercy heritage and charism through giving of our time and ourselves for the good of other people. The key to helping others find independence is through building their faith and supporting them in their time of need. Working in partnership with local people and responding to the needs articulated by them and building the strength of our community through hospitality. At St Saviour’s this is often seen through our nights volunteering at Rosie’s and St Pat’s Bingo nights. We, as present-day Mercy girls are called to follow in the footsteps of Catherine and her Sisters, who wholeheartedly committed themselves to live out an ethic of social justice. This Mercy spirit lives on in our Youth Ministry initiatives of student solidarity and support.
Mercy Kitchen Kindness
St Saviour’s Youth Ministry extends to providing a helping hand to Tony’s Community Kitchen by preparing hot meals for those in our community who are experiencing homelessness. This is a combined Mission and Wellbeing initiative to provide students with socio-emotional support and strategies to positively contribute to a greater purpose than themselves.
Our Youth Ministry team support Vinnies youth by raising funds for their annual trip to the Zoo at the end of each year. St Saviour’s students work with other Youth Ministry groups from our Catholic Colleges to encourage the youth of Toowoomba to become more involved in VinniesYouth, as buddies for younger, disadvantaged children in our community.