As we leave January behind us We see longer days and the first stirrings of buds and bulbs!


Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.  

What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

(‘Spring’, Gerard Manley Hopkins)


Catholic Schools Week Jan 2022

Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated in schools across the island of Ireland from Sunday 23 January – Sunday 30 January. The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2022 is ‘Catholic Schools: Living Life to the Full’.

Primary National Resources Follow links from Doc attached.

Primary School Resources 

CSW2022 Primary Flyer
CSW2022 Primary Flyer Irish

Primary Junior and Senior CSW2022
Primary Junior and Senior CSW2022 Irish
First and Second Class CSW2022
First and Second Class CSW2022 Irish
Third and Fourth Class CSW2022
Third and Fourth Class CSW2022 Irish
Fifth and Sixth Class CSW2022
Fifth and Sixth Class CSW2022 Irish

Post-Primary School National Resources 2022

CSW2022 Post Primary Flyer
CSW2022 Post Primary Flyer Irish

Daily Themes and Resources

Monday: Living Life to the Full With God
Monday Resource Post Primary CSW2022
CSW2022 Monday PowerPoint
Monday Resource Post Primary CSW2022 Irish
Monday Powerpoint CSW 2022 Irish

Tuesday: Living Life to the Full Together 
Tuesday Resource Post Primary CSW2022
CSW2022 Tuesday PowerPoint
Tuesday Resource Post Primary CSW2022 Irish
Tuesday PowerPoint CSW2022 Irish

Wednesday (Grandparents’ Day): Celebrating Being Together Again
Wednesday Resource Post Primary CSw2022
CSW2022 Wednesday PowerPointpptx
Wednesday Resource Post Primary CSW2022 Irish
Wednesday PowerPoint CSW2022 Irish

Thursday: Living Life in Wonder and Awe
Thursday Resource Post Primary CSW2022
CSW2022 Thursday PowerPoint
Thursday Resource Post Primary CSW2022 Irish
Thursday PowerPoint CSW2022 Irish

Friday: Living Life and Facing the Future
Friday Resource Post Primary CSW2022
CSW2022 Friday PowerPoint
Friday Resource CSW2022 Irish
Friday PowerPoint CSW2022 Irish

Social Media 

Share what’s happening in your school on social media using the hashtag #CSW2022


ASSEMBLY for schools in the Archdiocese of Armagh and the Diocese of Dromore.

We have recorded an 18 minute long Assembly for schools to view and pray during CSW 2022.

Here is the link to ” wetransfer ” where you can download the file.

Text of the Assembly Catholic Schools Living Life to the Full.


Archbishop Eamon has kindly recorded a personal message to Students and Staff.

We hope you might share this on school media. It would be lovely to show this message in class just before you view and pray the Assembly ” Catholic Schools – Living Life to the Full. “

In case you prefer to viw or download from Utube I have arranged to have this video hosted there to help you.

The link is

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place each year on 27 January. Although everyone is facing challenging circumstances, the need to mark HMD locally has never been greater, with recent times seeing a rise in identity-based hostility. HMD provides an opportunity for schools and communities to reflect on how they can make a better, safer future for everyone by learning from the past.

The following resources and ideas may be all you need to get involved. Any activity would be great as even putting up a poster in the school reception area can raise awareness and have an impact.  The scope is endless, but the following are things you could do:

  • have a time of reflection or prayer in a service/assembly maybe including a life story of a survivor or victim

  Prayer by Philip Hall

Prayer of Penitence

Life Story Pastor Niemolle The Council of Christians and Jews has produced the attached resource on this year’s theme, One Day.

A prayer for Holocaust Memorial Day
Loving God, we come to you with heavy hearts, remembering the six million Jewish souls murdered during the Holocaust. In the horrors of that history, when so many groups were targeted because of their identity, and in genocides that followed, we recognize destructive prejudices that drive people apart. Forgive us when we give space to fear, negativity, and hatred of others, simply because they are different from us.In the light of God, we see everyone as equally precious manifestations of the Divine and can know the courage to face the darkness. Through our prayers and actions, help us to stand together with those who are suffering, so that light may banish all darkness, love will prevail over hate and good will triumph over evil. Amen



The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an annual initiative of the World Council of Churches will take place from January 18-25. The theme for this year’s prayer is “we saw his star in the East, and have come to worship him” (Mt2:2) The Magi came from a distant land and gave the homage to Jesus that was reserved to God.  

This years’ resources have been prepared by the Christian Churches of Lebanon, where Christians hold on to a hopeful attitude despite social conflict, the Beirut explosion of 4 August 2020 and the pandemic.  There are resources for this week at:   

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022

The theme for this year explained:


NEWS FOR TEACHERS Knock Reopens to School Retreats:  

“We are delighted to announce that the Youth Ministry at Knock Shrine will resume school retreats throughout 2022.  School retreats are available to both primary and secondary schools and offer students a meaningful, spiritually uplifting day to reflect within themselves and experience quality time with their fellow students.  Retreat programmes are flexible and can be tailored to suit your group’s needs or time limitations.  If you would like to plan a school retreat, please get in touch with a member of our Youth Ministry team:

T: (094) 93 75321    E:    

or find out more at”  (Maria)