The education and care of children is of great importance for every Australian. As Catholics we know that this includes a full human and Christian formation. Today’s children need to be given what they need to navigate the complexities and difficulties of contemporary life. Specifically, a spiritual life, or at least the openness to God is necessary. Our Catholic faith provides our children with something of what they will need to live fulfilled and happy lives. Many catholic children attend state schools, and it is our responsibility to give them the opportunity to know and love Jesus Christ. Members of the CCD give time and energy to teaching catechism to our Catholic children in the state schools. I commend their work and thank them for their generosity.

Bishop Greg Homeming OCD