October has always been a Marian Month. A time to rediscover Mary or Mother and to return and renew our comittment to praying the rosary.
Below are some resources to help you and your family do that.
Websites for Religious Education
This very comprehensive list of links and reviews was originally compiled in the 1990s by Máire Byrne, Milltown Institute. It has been revised and updated by Susan Morgan, St Mary’s University College, Belfast.
You can download this as a pdf doc
Recommended Catholic Websites
The largest Catholic blog website on the Internet and one of the easiest to use and to search. Search for articles from thousands of Catholic blogs, or browse the directory of Catholic blogs and RSS/Atom feeds. Hundreds of articles added daily to this website.
God Tube is a free video sharing website much like the infamous YouTube but which specialises in Christian-themed videos. The website has a huge selection of themes, from Christian music videos to fascinating insights on how the liturgy is celebrated in other countries and cultures.
Personalize your content, layout, and preferences. Choose from daily Mass readings, reflections, news, links, tools and more. http://www.catholicroom.com/ Catholic news, inspirational stories, articles and links presented by topics.
This website offers free content to Catholic blogs and other (non-profit) Catholic websites. By simply adding a few lines to your HTML code, you can easily provide Mass readings, reflections, and more to your readers.
London-based daily Catholic news service.
For more than fifty years, Catholic TV has been providing programming for the Catholic community in Boston and beyond.
Online curriculum support for catechists with discussion group, Catholic links etc. Some content requires subscription.
Resources for parents who wish to educate their children (both home schooling and as a follow up to what their schools teach).
An excellent resource website including information on saints and Catholic news. The link above is the prayer resource section on the website, including a good resource on the Stations of the Cross.
This is a beta site but contains lots of videos (many linked to YouTube) that may be used in a classroom setting. Information on prayer and youth groups is very good and there is a service where you can upload your own video masterpiece to share with other groups!
Does what it says on the tin!
General Resources for Religious Education
RE Source is a website created to support the teaching in Post-Primary Religious Education in Northern Ireland. Contains a good variety of resources and is regularly updated.
English website-Good resource pages
Information on all key stages and integration of ICT into RE lessons
Religious Studies section of this website provides links to larger websites (such as the British Museum). You can search by age group.
Love this resource – endless ideas or for keeping up with current trends in religion and spirituality. I particularly love the video/podcast section – especially ‘In Two Minutes’ – really brilliant short clips on a variety of topics – everything from Lent to WYD explained in (you guessed it…) 2 minutes.
The London Times website on various faith centered topics. Superb articles and lots of up to date information.
A random prayer generator that is a lot more sophisticated than it sounds!
Daily prayers that you can download as MP3s. Very useful for playing via a laptop in the classroom.
The online journal of British Jesuits.
The Way is an international journal of contemporary Christian spirituality, published by the British Jesuits.
The online Catechism.
Part of the TearFund website that deals with issues of global poverty and injustice which focuses on social justice
A favourite website for buying “hard copy” resources. Though it is based in the US the shipping is quite reasonable and they offer good discounts on bulk buys.
Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it! Some useful video clips, for example, on a variety of life issues
Department of Education website for Northern Ireland
General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland
Catholic Council for Maintained Schools – access to information, advice and opinion on Catholic education and Catholic schools in Northern Ireland
Website of Ireland’s National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
Website of Northern Ireland’s Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
Website of the trustee body for the voluntary secondary schools of the Daughters of Charity, the Presentation Sisters, the Sisters of the Christian Retreat, the Sisters of Mercy and the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. The newsletter of this website is especially useful and well designed.
Resources for Catholic Schools in Northern Ireland.
Access to information, advice and opinion on Catholic education and Catholic schools in Scotland. Useful section on RE Resources.
Some Irish Websites
Revised and updated!
The largest Catholic website based in Ireland. Most Irish websites with a Catholic slant are subsites of this website so it makes a good starting point on a search for resources. Content is varied however so navigation away from the main page should be undertaken with reserve. The Requiem subsite is particularly out of date and prone to crashing. The “Talk to God” link above this is very good for personal prayer for students. Note that the site contains a link to the pdf document of the Liturgical calendar for the year (on the right hand side of the page)
A huge and valuable resource site on prayer and reflection. Can easily be used in the classroom on PowerPoint, a handout, or in assigning roles to prayer leaders. Continuously updated and good on seasonal resources.
Armagh Archdiocese website of Prayer and Spirituality Commission. Good for down loads on prayer and Seasons of the Year.
The website for the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin. An excellent resource site.
Other Resources on the Internet
Many of the larger Museums and Libraries have lots of resources that you can use in discussions of religious themes.
Jewish Museum New York
Jewish Museum Berlin
is technical but having a snoop in the “secret archives” (Almost disappointingly linked from the home page!) is good fun-the site offers a virtual tour!
QCA schemes of work
National Curriculum in Action has exemplar pupils’ work linked to levels
Hajj, The Greatest Trip on Earth – television programme screened by Channel Four
Buddhist philosophy via cartoons
Other useful websites
Website run by the Catholic Relief Services. Lots of resources for prayer services. Excellent links page.
What kind of Catholic are you? Answer 23 questions and find out!
Link to the Catechism of the Catholic Church online
International Marian Research Institute – is one of the largest international centers of study, research and teaching on Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ – for all you ever wanted to know about Mary!
English version of the Vatican Website – a wealth of resources at your fingertips
Franciscan run “link site” that is well updated. Lots of scholarly articles on a variety of Church documents.
Sistine Chapel – an extended visual tour – beautiful!
Current and historical information about bishops, cardinals, popes.
Theology Library of Springhill College – well worth a look – comprehensive selection of Catholic teaching on a variety of issues
An inspirational website includes quotations and prayers from all major religions
Glossary of religious terms
Here is the entire Bible online – 54 different versions in English. Just select book and chapter.
Every book of the Holy Bible is summarized with easy-to-read review notes and keypoints, very useful for everyone and a resource for Bible study
Online Bible study suite
Generally viewed as the New Testament website – has a wealth of every type of resource, (audio, video, books, articles, websites, etc) on the New Testament.
Huge resource for biblical paintings and biblical art in general.
The one with the lego men. Check for age appropriate content.
PowerPoint slides (maps etc)
Vernacular descriptions of terms associated with Biblical Studies. Includes some raps and songs – good fun!
Online, searchable text of the NRSV Bible. What did we do before cut and paste!
Links to bible maps which make for useful visual aids.
Google Earth is invaluable for locating the “weird and wonderful” place names in the Bible and world religions.
Archbishop Eamon wrote recently
In my Pastoral Message for the Year of Mercy, I indicated my wish for schools throughout the diocese to participate in a Rosary Crusade; this initiative has grown into the Rosary Relay. My vision is to unite the pupils of the Archdiocese of Armagh in prayer during the month of May in this Jubilee Year of Mercy.
My intention is for the young people across the Archdiocese, in their classrooms, to pray together a decade of the Rosary at 12 noon each day during the month of May. The aim of this Rosary Relay is to engage the pupils and staff in the mysteries of our faith and to be part of what Pope Francis has described as an ‘extraordinary moment of grace and spiritual renewal’ in this Year of Mercy.
To assist schools, rosary resources will be available on the diocesan website at . I am grateful to Méabh Carlin and Hannah McCauley, who, along with the expertise of iCatholic, have produced professional, child-friendly, engaging and spiritual videos of the Mysteries of the Rosary.
The schools of the diocese were contacted in February and invited to participate in the Rosary Relay during May. I am delighted with the response from our schools; to date we have despatched 19,000 rosaries as well as 19,000 rosary prayer cards in readiness for 1 May. Many children will also bring their own rosaries into school.
To support the praying of the rosary see some resources attached to download for use with classes.
Here are some resources to help us all relax from the stress and business of daily living and in stillness come to know the God who loves each of us beyond our wildest dreams or imaginings.
This time of year is cold and dark and for many depressing. This 3 minute film shows us the beauty to found all around us in nature even in the cold of winter.
Some prayer services and resources for class and personal use in Lent and Easter.
Check out earlier years on right hand side for further materials.
Pope Francis has issued his wonderful letter for Lent 2016. download text for personal reading or class discussion.
Archbishop Eamon has sent this Letter for Lent 2016 to all parishes.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will run as usual from 18 to 25 January.
The theme this year is ‘Salt of the Earth’.
The 2016 material was prepared for worldwide use by the Christians of Latvia, and adapted by the Britain and Ireland writers group, based around the verses 1 Peter 2:9-10. Peter’s first letter is an encouragement to the newly baptised to live holy lives and to answer the calling shared by all the baptised to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord.
Today, Latvia is a crossroads where Roman Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox regions meet. Because of this unique location, it is home to Christians of many different traditions, but no single one of them is dominant. Gathered together by the Archbishop of Rīga, members of a variety of church communities and projects in Latvia were asked to reflect on the chosen theme and the experience of their work.
The main service is inspired by the verses from Peter’s letter and Jesus’ metaphors of salt and light which are important cultural themes for Latvia. Each of the days has been prepared by one of the diverse Church communities. The 8 Days are linked principally by the experience of being a Christian in Latvia.
Yes the supermarkets and shops have all their Advent Calenders, Christmas Cards and Decorations out for sale. Sad in many ways as the weeks leading directly to Christmas are so special in the Christian world. We can get so exposed and used to seeing Christmas stuff all around us that by the time the real Christmas arrives we can be tired of it all. The danger of the commercial robbing us of the spiritual is very real. To help with this the Lectio pages for the 4 Sunday Gospels of Advent are worth reading and praying along with. In the coming weeks I will add more resources below. You can also check the back posts for November each year for other resources for Advent and Christmas. Take care.
Advent_2015_Lectio_Resource-1 Inter diocesan resource for 4 Sundays of Advent 2015.
Some video explanations of Advent.
Not quite sure about the relationship between Advent and Christmas? Check out Busted Halo’s two-minute video that describes why we celebrate Advent and wait to celebrate Christmas.
The season approaches. Get in the spirit. Banish the anxiety and embrace the preparation. Let’s celebrate together the Advent
Advent is a time of waiting, hope, and anticipation. We pray that this video will help you understand the meaning of Advent as we celebrate Jesus’ birth and look forward to a second advent, when Jesus comes again. Explore the story of our Savior and God’s plan for us. May you have a blessed Advent as you wait for Him.
Catholic Schools Week 2016
Catholic Schools Week 2016 will take place from Sunday, January 31 to Saturday February 6.
The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2016 is “Catholic Schools: Challenged to Proclaim God’s mercy“.
Catholic Schools Week is an all-Ireland annual event which invites Catholic schools to give expression in a special way to the ethos of Catholic education.
It is a celebration of Catholic schools throughout Ireland, North and South which acknowledges the tremendous contribution that our Catholic primary and post-primary schools make not just to Irish society, but to the mission of the Church.
Catholic Schools Week 2016 will take place from Sunday 31 January to Saturday 6 February 2016 on the theme “Catholic Schools: Challenged to Proclaim God’s Mercy”.
It is hoped that this theme will help contextualise the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis from 8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016.
This year, for the first time, resources will not be mailed to schools, but are available for download here.
We are all witnessing appalling scenes throughout Europe these days as unfortunate refugees try to get to safety and a better life. Christian justice and mercy calls us all to action. We cannot just stand on the sidelines.
The Syrian refugee crisis is one of the worst the world has seen. Nearly 4 million people — mostly women and children — have fled to neighboring countries, and 7.2 million more have been internally displaced. Civilian life in Syria was devastated by the civil war that began in 2011, but tension in the country has long existed. Katie Couric explains in “Now I Get It.”
Look at this utube video.
.Download for class use
Article onTrócaire Refugee Resource Great introduction for Students.
Refugee Crisis : A Letter from Archbishop Eamon Martin
Download and read Pastoral Letter and Prayer:
A Prayer for Refugees
Almighty and merciful God,
Whose Son became a refugee
And had no place to call his own;
Look with mercy on those who today
Are fleeing from danger,
Homeless and hungry.
Bless those who work to bring them relief;
Inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
And guide the nations of Europe towards that day
When all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and peace.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.