ADVENT 2017

Archbishop Eamon Martin launches  Advent Calendar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

·         “As Advent is the season of preparation for the coming of our Lord, I encourage the faithful, notwithstanding our hectic schedule over the coming weeks, to make time to pray – alone and with loved ones – and by so doing to draw nearer to Christ.”

Ahead of the first Sunday of Advent which takes place this Sunday, 3 December, Archbishop Eamon Martin has launched a specially commissioned 2017 online Advent Calendar.  This date also marks the beginning of the Church’s new year.

The online Advent Calendar will offer the opening of a virtual door each day during the season of Advent.  Behind each door there will be content aimed at assisting people to pray and to reflect on how best we can put Christ to the centre of our Christmas preparations during this special liturgical season.  This year’s Advent calendar will provide a special focus on family as part of ongoing preparations for the hosting of the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Dublin next August.  There will be family prayers and suggestions for acts of kindness or charity that family members will be encouraged to take on during the month of December. 

The calendar will go live simultaneously on the Catholic Bishops and the World Meeting of Families 2018 websites (www.catholicbishops.ie and www.worldmeeting2018.ie) on the first Sunday of Advent. 

Archbishop Eamon said “The season of Advent marks the beginning of the Catholic year and the time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas.  It is a time of waiting, conversion and hope.  Advent also prepares us for the second coming of Christ at the end of time.  As Christians, we must always be prepared for the coming of the Lord – ‘You must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do no not expect’ [Mt 24:37-44].   Preparation does not happen at once but over time and so each day of Advent amounts to a period of time which allows us to journey and reflect on the joy of the Gospel.  Our online calendar is a helpful resource in this journey.”

Archbishop Eamon continued, “Advent offers us a perfect opportunity to reflect on the Gospel of the Family as we continue our preparations for the World Meeting of Families 2018.  Pope Francis has described the family as the first school, the nearest hospital and the best place to grow old.  This Advent, many parishes are continuing to reflect on the Amoris Programme and the Amoris: Let’s Talk Family, Let’s Be Family pastoral programme for the WMOF2018.  The season of Advent offers all of us a period of time out to reflect on the gifts of our families and what they offer to us in our parishes, schools and in society. 

Lectio and other resources to download

1st Sun Advent B 2017  Lectio Resource.

Advent 2 Year B 2017   Lectio Resource

3rd Sunday Advent B 2017  Lectio Resource

4th Sunday Advent Yr B 2017  Lectio Resources

Advent Penance Reconciliation Service 17

ADVENT -CHRISTMASTIDE slides (PDF of PPt)

Blessing and Prayers for Advent Wreath

Child of promise come   ( Lovely reflection)

carol service powerpoint  ( Pdf version.  Backdrop)

Christmas assembly

ADVENT Booklet 2017 Year B  Great booklet of resources for family and school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Liturgical Resources

From time to time teachers share copies of year Masses and also Whole school Masses and Celebrations.

We are often asked for examples of these.  It is great to have some resources on paper to work with.

Why re-invent the wheel ?

School Mass from St Killians Community School Ardee. (Thanks Sean)

1st Year Mass Ardee

St Joseph’s Grammar  (Catherine)

Mass for the beginning of the New Academic Year

Retirement Mass  (Member of staff)

Mass for Retirement

 

 

Resources for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. However, some areas observe it at Pentecost or some other time.     https://ctbi.org.uk/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2018/

Resources are available for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018. Material for 2018 was produced in the Caribbean and uses Exodus 15, a song of triumph over oppression, as the motif of the Week of Prayer

That All May Be Free

 

RESOURCES TO DOWNLOAD …..

Intl-ENG-Final-Version-WeekOfPrayer2018

WPCU_2018_poster_for-print_multi

WPCU-English_2018_web-reduced

WPCU-pamphlet-2018-Irish

Caring for Creation

Mgr Jim sent this today. Many RE Teachers are looking at Creation just about now.
On today’s Feast of St Francis of Assisi how appropriate to look again at the wonders of God’s Creation.
We commit ourseves again to look after our world with a deep sense of justice and care.
Download this page of “Ideas”
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Newsletter from the Eco Congregation
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CSW 18

CSW 18 
Catholic Schools: Called to be a Family of Families
 
 
From 21-26 August 2018, families and others from all over the world will gather in Dublin to celebrate their lives together, to share their experiences from different parts of the world, to reflect on the different challenges they face and to grow together in faith. This event presents a special opportunity for school families to not only celebrate the fact that parents are the primary educators of their children, but also the vital role that Catholic schools play in assisting parents in their duty to raise their children.
In partnership with World Meeting of Families 2018, the Catholic Schools Week Steering Committee has developed a one year catechetical programme for Catholic primary and post-primary schools. The theme for this programme is Catholic Schools: Called to be a Family of Families. The programme invites Catholic schools to reflect on and to celebrate the relationship that exists between home, school and parish through participation in four sub-themed catechetical moments.  Catholic Schools Week 2018 will run in the same format as previous years but there is one important distinction. In 2018, Catholic Schools Week will be the high point of the primary and post-primary school catechetical programme.   The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2018 is Catholic Schools: Families of Faith.  As usual, School Resources will be made available in due course via: www.catholicschools.ie
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Download the attached pdf file with details of the way this theme has been chosen for CSW 18

PP_CSW18_MOne_JuniorCycle  ( Key Stage 3 N Irl)

PP_CSW18_MOne_Senior Cycle   ( Key Stage 4 N Irl)

PP_CSW18_MOne_assembly

PP_CSW18_MOne_Liturgy

 

 

A2 RELIGIOUS STUDIES. OCTOBER 5Th

 

Keeping you all in the picture  🎇

 

CCEA have posted details of their in-service event for A2 Religious Studies through Eventbrite on their website. It is on the 5th October in Newry Banqueting & Conference Centre on the Mall and each teacher needs to book their place.

There is also a support meeting on Tuesday 3rd October in the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown 12.30-3.30PM too.

 

Follow the link below:

http://ccea.org.uk/events?page=1

http://www.newrycbc.com/

TEACHERS ……  you need to get booking!

 

 

 

MESSENGER RE LINK RESOURCE

The Messenger magazine has a monthly resource for religious education teachers.  Most Parish Churches have copies for sale.

Each issue offers resources on a different topic.  The August issue has its focus on the Sacraments.

To view this donload the attached pdf.

RELINK August 17

Visit their page using this link   http://relink.messenger.ie/

There is a library of all the past relink resources available there to consult in planning lessons.

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CONGRESS

The National Religious Education Congress has now become an annual event. Its aim is to provide an opportunity for religious educators to come together to find inspiration for their work and to avail of the opportunity for personal renewal and growth.

The Congress, organised by a voluntary committee, is a not-for-profit event. This year the members of the committee are Vivek da Silva (Chairperson), Patricia O’Sullivan, Maura Hyland, Brendan O’Regan, Fr Turlough Baxter, Ciaran Coll, Anna Maloney, Pamela McLoughlin and Sr Patricia Lynott.

This year’s Congress will take place on Saturday, 7 October 2017 at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

The theme for the Congress is Voices that Challenge. We live in a society that is increasingly pluralistic and diverse. It is diverse in its social values, religious beliefs, political affiliations and cultural ethnicity. It is in this context that there is, in Ireland today, a robust debate about the nature of Religious Education, and in particular about its place in schools.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr Leonardo Franchi from the University of Glasgow. He will address the topic Religious Education and Intercultural Dialogue in the Contemporary Church.

There will be a number of workshops that will focus on the concerns of both primary and post-primary teachers. The workshop presenters are Dr Leonardo Franchi, Ms Kate Liffey, Ms Maura Hyland, Mr Steve Warner, Sr Bernadette Purcell, Dr Patricia Kieran, Ms Brenda Drumm and Br Richard Hendrick.

 

Download full details and booking form below

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Voices that challenge