Catholic Social Teaching

St Bernadette’s will continue to ensure that all members of our community understand the principle underpinning the ‘common good’. That it is the care for the greatest good of all persons.

“Because we are interdependent, the common good is more like a multiplication sum, where if any one number is zero then the total is always zero. If anyone is left out and deprived of what is essential, then the common good has been betrayed.”The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales Choosing the Common Good, paragraph 8.

“Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of His love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades.”
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

The themes of Catholic Social Teaching are:

  • Human Dignity
  • Community and Participation
  • Care for Creation
  • Dignity in Work
  • Peace & Reconciliation
  • Solidarity

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Drawing on the words of St Paul, Christianity traditionally teaches that there are three virtues that are to be prized over all the others: faith, hope and charity.

“Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbour as ourselves for the love of God.”Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1822

Over the last two years the school has supported the following charities:

  • Catholic Children’s Society
  • Air Ambulance
  • London Colney Foodbank
  • Borehamwood Foodbank
  • St Alban’s Women’s Refuge
  • RNLI