St Thomas More Catholic Academy & Sixth Form College

With grace and humility,
glorify the Lord by your life

Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social teaching permeates through our pastoral care and curriculum and is rooted in Scripture, formed by the wisdom of Church leaders, and influenced by grassroots movements. It is our moral compass, guiding us on how to live out our faith in the world. Our faith calls us to love God and to love our neighbours in every situation, especially our sisters and brothers living in poverty. Staff and students are encouraged to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable at the forefront of our minds. We explore opportunities for students to actively stand in solidarity with their brothers and sisters and have peace at the centre of our teaching. We strive to protect God’s creation and teach our students to reuse, rehouse, recycle and respect the planet. St Thomas More Catholic Academy and Sixth Form College is committed to the CAFOD Live Simply Initiative.

Following in the footsteps of Christ, we hope to make present in our unjust and broken world, the justice, love and peace of God and come together as a community, living by the commandment ‘Love one another, as I have loved you’.

As part of our collective worship programme, we focus on a catholic social teaching principle each half term:

  • Solidarity - Solidarity arises when we remember that we belong to each other. We reflect on this in a special way at Mass. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The Eucharist commits us to the poor. To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognise Christ in the poorest.”
  • Option for the poor - The option for the poor reminds us of God’s preferential love for the poorest and most vulnerable people. God’s love is universal; he does not side with oppressors, but loves the humble.
  • Human dignity -We believe very human person is made in the image and likeness of God. This is a gift that we all share as fellow human beings;  
  • The common good “Humankind has always put money at the centre of everything. But when we think about our relationship with the natural resources, we see that life should be at the centre of everything. When we reflect on this we realise that we are part of life, we are not the owners and masters of it.”
  • Peace - Today our troubled world calls for peace among nations. Peace is a cornerstone of our faith. Christ, the Prince of Peace, sacrificed himself with love on the cross.  
  • Creation and environment - Pope Francis invites everyone on the planet to consider how our actions are affecting the earth and the poorest people. It is our Christian vocation to care for creation.
  • The dignity of work and preparation- We pray for workers to join forces and fight against inhuman conditions.

Please click on the link to our Prayer and Liturgy Themes this term