Mission Sunday 2013 Pope Francis

World Mission Sunday will be observed this year on October 20. 

Pope Francis describes the Year of Faith as having been “an important opportunity to strengthen our friendship with the Lord and our journey as a Church that preaches the Gospel with courage.”  He goes on to say “Everyone should be able to experience the joy of being loved by God, the joy of salvation! It is a gift that one cannot keep to oneself, but it is to be shared. If we want to keep it only to ourselves, we will become isolated, sterile and sick Christians.”

Download and read the full message of the Holy Father below:

Pope issues message for World Mission Day 2013

Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Immac Heart of Mary
Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Ireland will be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The consecration will take place at Knock Shrine, during the annual Novena to Our Lady of Knock.
The Prayer of Consecration will entrust families, homes and the dioceses of Ireland to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and call on her to watch over the young people of Ireland. As the universal Church is currently celebrating a Year of Faith, it is fitting that the Act of Consecration calls to mind the woman of faith par excellence and asks for her prayers for the people of this country.
You may wish to download this prayer of consecration to use yourself or with your family, parish or school.

Prayer for the Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary 15th August 2013


Choose life resources :

Read Catholic Bishops Letter :

A time to uphold the right to life

Choose Life: Prayer for the Child in the Womb

Lord Jesus, you are the source and lover of life.
Reawaken in us respect for every human life.

Help us to see in each child the marvelous
work of our Creator.
Open our hearts to welcome every child as a
unique and wonderful gift.

Guide the work of doctors, nurses and
May the life of a mother and her baby in the
womb be equally cherished and respected.

Help those who make our laws to uphold the
uniqueness and sacredness of every human life,
from the first moment of conception to natural

Give us wisdom and generosity to build a
society that cares for all.

Together with Mary, your Mother,
in whose womb you took on our human
Help us to choose life in every decision we

We ask this in the joyful hope of eternal life
with you, and in the communion of the
Blessed Trinity.


Our Lady of Knock, pray for us.
All the Saints of Ireland, pray for us.

Choose Life   (pdf of Prayer)


Pentecost 2013

Today we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the Apostles as Jesus promised.  Today sees the birth of the Church.  Now filled with the gifts of the Spirit the Disciples preach the Good News without fear in the streets of Jerusalem.


  We too have received the Holy Spirit at Baptism and & Confirmation … 

The Holy Spirit is God’s gift and guide throughout life.

The Holy Spirit in us brings about wisdom:

a refreshing sense of what really matters in life.

The Holy Spirit in us brings about understanding:

the sensitive insight into what makes people and things tick. 

The Holy Spirit in us brings about right judgement:

the discerning skill that guides us towards good choices.

The Holy Spirit in us brings about knowledge:

quickly putting us in touch with what is worth knowing and acting on.

The Holy Spirit in us brings about courage:

drawing us beyond our fears to show love for God and others.

The Holy Spirit in us brings about reverence:

making us careful, respectful and kind.

The Holy Spirit in us sharpens our sense of God’s presence

in the mysteries of life, love, death, and nature.

In these times of heightened awareness and sensitivity,

the Holy Spirit in us gives us pause for wonder and awe.

Meditative Prayer Training & Retreats for School, Parish and Personal use.


Lumen Christi Prayer Experience & Retreat Programmes.

The Lumen Christi Prayer Team are available for Parish, School and personal Retreat and Meditative Prayer Training. Based in Co Tyrone they have an established Prayer Ministry in Omagh and Dungannon. With a strong Catholic based ethos they offer a programme grounded in their own Faith experience. They also have on offer a similar experience with a broader Christian ethos base for those seeking such direction. For further information download the attached posters and details.



Religious Education – The Religious Education Teacher Site


Worth visiting this resource and checking out their website for further resources.


For some great  video material on utube connected to this project check out the following link


LENT 2013

Holy Week   2013


Below are some down-loadable resources for Lent and Holy Week. There are readings and reflections, prayer services and resources to use with groups and class.

AshWednesday Prayer Service for School
Lenten Sunday Gospel reflection booket 2013
Lent & Holy Week Resources
Stations of the Cross
Holy Week School Prayer Service

Stations of the Cross Examination of Conscience  Fr John

Stations for Holy Week  2013  Susan    ppt.

Stations of the Cross 2013   Susan (Word Doc.)

Trocaire Stations of the Cross  ppt

Holy week 2013 – Through the eyes of Mary booklet

Some more Lenten Resources:

Armagh Stations of the Cross

DRUMCREE Way of the Cross

Praying the Stations of the Cross

In preparation for Lent

Fasting and Feasting



Resource to have from St Anthony Communications      CONFESSION THE FORGOTTEN SACRAMENT      @ £9.95  ……

This short but powerful film begins by explaining the reality and gravity of sin and the effect it has on our lives and the lives of others. You then discover the Biblical roots of the need for a confession of sins, and the institution of Confession as a sacrament by Jesus Christ. Although presenting sin in its true light, this film focuses on the love and mercy of God – that although we are all sinners, He is always waiting, patiently, lovingly, fatherly, for us to return.