ST COLUMBANUS 1400th ANNIVERSARY

Saint Columbanus 1400th Anniversary
 
This year 2015 is the 1400th Anniversary of the death in Bobbio of St Columbanus.
Born back in 543 A.D. in Leinster He became a monk after studies in Co Fermanagh.
He is specially associated with Bangor Abbey as a monk and teacher.
In 591 He decided to go on pilgrimage for Christ. He and 12 companions traveled throughout Europe.
His greatest foundation was at Bobbio near Genoa where after a lifetime of teaching and preaching the Gospel he passed to God in 615.
Please download the pdf files for more about Columbanus and to read some of his words.
Check out this utube video has a very nice soundtrack with slides about the life and ministry of Columbanus and Gallus.

HOLY WEEK 2015

SAY SOMETHING – AN EASTER REFLECTION

This video is an attempt to look at what may have gone through the minds of Jesus’ disciples (and those nearest to Him) as they saw Him endure the events surrounding His passion and  crucifixion. The lyrics from the song, “Say Something” fit perfectly with the idea that may have pleaded with Jesus to just say something and stop it all; to use His divine power to put an end to the whole terrible situation that unfolded.

ST PATRICK 2015

https://i1.wp.com/stpatswichita.org/StPatrick1.jpg I love this icon of Patrick which draws on the close links between the Desert Fathers and Mothers in Egypt where Christianity was flourishing after the dispersion of the Jewish People by Titus.  The Sinai Desert became the cradle of Christianity and the disciples who came there to seek God in solitude gave rise to what was later to be known as monasticism.  As all this was happening Patrick came to Ireland as a slave and later returned as a Christian Bishop to minister to the Irish.  Later disciples of Patrick founded similar monasteries on Skillig and throughout Ireland.

For Teaching Resources on Patrick please check the Archive section on the right for March 2014, March 2013 etc.

Celtic Saints – Patrick    Slide Presentation

Profile of St Patrick     Page outline of Patrick’s Life

St Patrick – a Reflection  A reflection by Fr Martin Coffey CP

Year 9 Drama for St Patrick’s Day Assembly      Written by Susan Morgan

St Patrick and Early Christianity   16 page Resource  1982 LRU  Stranmillis College.

LENT and EASTER 2015

As we get ready to celebrate this new Lenten journey to the Great events of Holy Week and Easter here are some resources for school discussion and assemblies.

Lenten Resources Booklet    40 Page s for resourcing Lent, Holy Week and Easter

Armagh Stations of the Cross   Pdf slides.

ASH WEDNESDAY & LENT IN 2 MINUTES.  Good introduction for students.

An-Approach-to-Lent  PPT for class discussion.

Stations for Armagh Archdiocese     ( 2 page leaflet of stations for personal and group prayer)

Stations-of-the-Cross-Assembly

Year-group-Reconciliation Service for Lent.

stations-of-the-cross-examination-of-conscience

Teachers-Notes-for-A-Lenten-Garden

Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life

“Wake up the World!” – Pope Francis certainly has a way with words! His now-famous rallying call for the Year of Consecrated Life has reverberated around the globe since he announced that 2015 would be a year of prayer and thanksgiving for women and men who live a vocation to the religious life. ‘I am counting on you to “wake up the world”, he told them.

Read Archbishop Eamon’s Pastoral letter.

Pastoral Letter for the Year of Consecrated Life-1

 

Watch this wonderful video about consecrated life today.

Religious telling their stories;

 

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2015

CSW 2015 Cover

The theme for Catholic School Week 2015 is Catholic Schools: A Call to Serve

Dates for this Year : January 25 – February 1, 2015

Resources for schools will be sent out to all schools during the week of January 5, 2015

The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2015Catholic Schools: A Call to Serve, All involved in Catholic Education are called  to reflect on what we understand by service and how we live out the call to serve. We are all called as members of the school community to recall and rediscover the founding values; in other words, education is all embracing of our full personalities and never simply about transmitting simple facts. This year, school communities are encouraged to answer the Call to Serve; for example, by reaching out to those who are most in need in society.   Do try to celebrate this in your own school as well as participating in Diocesan Celebrations.

Resources to use and download :

CSW_Post Primary-Book 2015

CSW-Post Primary-Irish-Booklet

kindness-and-social-media-handout  +Eamon

Resource Pope-Francis-address-handout

CSW 15  Pdf of Powerpoint for Backdrop in Assemblies.

CSW 15   Powerpoint for Backdrop in Assemblies.

A Call to Serve.  ( Armagh Diocesan Celebration )
To celebrate all we do in our great schools we invite all school Principals,  school’s Religious Education Co-ordinator, two students and a member of your school general staff to a Celebratory Mass of thanksgiving in St Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh on Wednesday January 21st at 11.30 am . (Please note change in time from last year please.)

You will be invited on arrival to place a fresh bread baguette in a basket at the entrance to the Cathedral. Also the Planning Group would love if the Confirmation Class and in the case of Secondary Schools the Students Council might collect and donate a gift of £20 in an envelope for use in projects by 4 Religious Orders who will be our special guests that day. This year we especially remember and celebrate those who have consecrated their lives as members of Religious Congregations


Resources have been produced to use with R.E. classes for each of the school days during Catholic Schools Week: See downloads above.

Dundalk Schools celebrate CSW at the Church of the Holy Redeemer.

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS 2014

Advent slide small

Greetings all. Am posting some resources for assemblies and also class work during this special season.

Do check out earlier years which we posted on other pages.

Christmas & Advent 2014 Year

Blessing and Prayers for Advent Wreath

Things You mightn’t know

Jesus is Knocking at your Door this Christmas

Advent 14 Scripture

Beginning of Advent in School

Advent 14 Lectio

Below is a Slide in PPT for a backdrop

Advent slide

Pope Francis calls us all to mission. Senior RE Theme & Reflection

Model is Servant Leadership

Through Baptism, we are united to Christ and made sharers in his risen life. As Christians, the way of servant leadership modelled by our Teacher and Lord becomes our own. All that is asked on our part is faithfulness to love of God and neighbour. Drawing strength from our union with Christ through his Church, we serve and lead, while encouraging others to grow and use their gifts for building up the body of believers

Download PDF Liturgy for Class reflection & Worship

Servant Leadership Liturgy

After Reading the Word of God from Isaiah  watch the video  ” Send Me  – I’ll go” below

//www.youtube.com/embed/Fv6sQKHdgOA

SPIRITFEST 2015

                                                          SpiritFest 2015

                                                            21st March 2015

                                                     Drumcree Pastoral Centre

                                                                Portadown

                                                              

                                                        “Disciples Together”

                              The Conference will focus on the call of Pope Francis 

                                                    for all of us to be disciples

                                                           Keynote Speakers

                                        Fr Michael Drumm & Ms Breda O’ Brien

                             Download the poster and booking form with timetable

Spiritfest 2015, pdf