CSW 23 Catholic Schools; Walking together in Faith and Love.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL’S WEEK 2023  

Our theme for this year is ‘Catholic Schools: Walking together in Faith and Love’.  During this week, we celebrate how Catholic Schools help all our young people to achieve their full potential and journey together with the Lord in faith and in love. We will focus and pray using the story of the Disciples walking together with the Risen Lord on the Emmaus Road.

ARCHDIOCESE OF ARMAGH CELEBRATIONS:

This year we hope to have a downloadable video for class or school in-house celebrations and /or assemblies. In addition, we are planning two Armagh Diocesan Liturgical Celebrations. It will be great for folk to return to gathering as a Diocesan Faith Community.

  1. Tuesday, January 24th Led by Archbishop Eamon St John The Baptist Church, Drumcree Portadown starting at 11.30 am.
  2. Seinn will be celebrating on Wednesday, January 25th at The Redeemer Church, Ard Easmuin Dundalk starting at 11.30 am. Archbishop Eamon will speak and participate.
  3. “A movie entitled The Letter was recently released which focuses on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si and the impact of climate change and many other environmental issues.  The theme of this year’s Catholic Schools Week is “Walking together in faith and love”.  The Armagh diocesan Youth Commission is hosting showings of The Letter to highlight the need to walk together with all of creation in Faith and Love. 
  4. Barbican Centre Drogheda – One Showing which will take place on Wednesday 1st February 2023.  10am – 1pm
  5. Market Place Theatre, Studio – Two Showings on 23rd January 2023 1oam and 2pm A further showing will take place in the Market place Theatre on the evening of the 23rd at 7pm for young adults.  This showing will be available for booking with the Market Place Theatre”

NATIONAL RESOURCES

Reflecting on the theme, and on the process of synodality, the writers for Catholic Schools Week 2023 identified three features of synodality helpful to exploring ‘Walking Together in Faith & Love’:

• Communion
• Participation
• Mission

The resources will reflect on these features within the overarching theme and will make use of scriptural reflection on journey, prayer, student voice, and (spiritual) wellbeing.

DAILY THEMES:

Monday: Walking Together in Faith

Tuesday: Walking Together in Love
(In our school community, themes of inclusion)

Wednesday: Walking Together to Celebrate – Grandparents’ Day
(Celebrating those who help us on the journey of faith, themes of inclusion of the elderly in society – Pope Francis’ Message for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 2022)

Thursday: Walking Together to Transform our World
(Themes of environment – Laudato Si’ – and Mission)

Friday: Walking Together in Hope

There will be a November ‘turning to’ remembrance moment.

NOVEMBER MOMENT:

Catholic Schools Week – November: Trusting God, Trusting Life, Trusting One Another – Post-Primary Resource

Links to resources below.

http://www.ccmsschools.com

More details and other events will be posted shortly as information comes to us.

One Million Children Praying the Rosary

ACN is again inviting parishes, kindergartens, schools, and families to join in the annual prayer initiative A million children praying the Rosary, which will take place on 18 October, the Feast of St Luke this year. The purpose of this prayer campaign is to pray for peace and unity throughout our broken world while encouraging children and young people to trust in God during difficult times says the president of ACN, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza.

The ACN webpage offers free materials for those praying in parishes, schools, children’s groups and families. The free information pack contains instructions on how to pray the Rosary, short meditations for children on the Mysteries of the Rosary, and an Act of Consecration to Our Lady for children.

The origins of the prayer initiative “A million children praying the Rosary” date back to the year 2005 when a group of children was seen praying the Rosary at a local shrine in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, and some of the adults who witnessed the scene were reminded of the words of Padre Pio, who once said: “When a million children pray the Rosary, the world will change.

Since then, the campaign has spread rapidly and become a worldwide phenomenon.