Teachers in NI may be preparing online work for students at home.

Susan has shared the Fully Alive Texts in digital form as PDF .  You may find these helpful to draw upon.

You can put the Fully Alive books upon their VLE’s. Also Workbook and Activity Book for each year

You can download these from here


Fully Alive 1 screen res


Activity Book

Fully Alive 2 screen res



Fully Alive 3 screen res

Fully Alive 3 Workbook

Fully Alive 3 Activity Book


All teachers may find the following a help ……

36 Online Lesson Plans with embedded links to Other Resources, e.g. YouTube links, Songs etc.

GSR in the Classroom.  This site hosts excellent lesson plans, encompassing good discussion questions, stories, testimonies,  scripture passages, suggested actions, links to Youtube clips and concluding prayers on the following topics:

Lent (6 lessons)
Environment (6 lessons)
Human Trafficking (6 lessons)
Migration (6 lessons)
Race Relations (6 lessons)
Vocations (6 lessons)

Each lesson follows Tom Groome’s approach of going from life to faith to life.  There are also great cross-curricular links within RE and with other subjects, e.g. geography, business, history.

Everything you require for a lesson (some could cover two class periods) can be found in one downloadable handout (pdf), which you can email to your students pre or post-lesson if you wish.  Links to YouTube clips are also embedded further limiting demands on you.  There is also a teacher guide for each lesson (clearly written by an experienced teacher) but given your own formation and experience as an RE Teacher and the quality of each handout,  you may not require this.

To source these lessons plans, teacher guides etc. go to:  www.globalsistersreport.org/classroom


Checkout also   https://www.24-7prayer.com/videos



Do go on line a check these resources from Tom

Dear RE teacher,

We are aware of the increased pressure on RE teachers at this particular time to gather resources for their students. Accordingly, we have decided to provide free access to the resources on our Soul Seekers website: www.soulseekers.ie . Please find the details below:

Email: soulseekers2020@veritas.ie

Password: SS2020Veritas!



Greetings dear Friends.  Given the circumstances we find ourselves in I am postponing our planned Annual Gathering of the Rel Ed Community.  I do so with great sadness.  I just cherish that special Day and love seeing you all together.  I imagine this coming Academic year starting in September will be a very strange time.  Students will be coming at different times and days with learning at home to facilitate safety within the school environment   Our planned day will be something to return to whenever we get settled back into a new way of being school communities.  I will discern a time when we have coped with the stress and changes that will have to take place.  Can I urge you to try your best to get a good rest when school ends.  The weather has been such a blessing so far.  I hope you will get time to chill and recharge.  Do continue to watch out, be careful and remain safe and well.  God bless and love you all.   Declan

This year our Annual Religious Education Teacher Community will meet on Tuesday 23rd June in St John the Baptist College, Drumcree, Portadown.

This Annual Gathering has proved to be very successful in helping to meet the personal, spiritual and professional needs of teachers of Religious Education in our Archdiocese.  It also affords an opportunity for RE teachers and HODs to build networks for support and to exchange ideas and resources.  Being part of this community helps build a strong sense of support, belonging and identity.  We hope to commence at 9.45 am with Taize Lectio based Morning Prayer,

Full details can be downloaded here.

Annual RE Community Day 2020

Reply slip 2020

Our Annual Armagh Community Day Programme

  1. 45 am           Arrival & registration    (Declan )
  1. 00 am          Taize Lectio Morning Prayer   (Declan)
  1. 40 am           Coffee break

11.00  am            “Living the Gospel as RE Teachers”     Mrs Joan McCombe

12,15. pm             Pure in Heart      Marie Cummins and team

1.00 pm                Lunch break    (Light Lunch Provided)

1.50 pm               Sharing resources and issues.

( Bring 15 copies of one resource you used and found good )

2.10 pm            “ The Fifth Gospel  –  Learning from the  Holy Land itself ”

. Fr Paul Clayton Lee.

3.30 pm               Evaluation and Closure.


I really hope as many of you as possible will come along.

I realise the Co Louth schools will be on Summer Holiday by then but maybe a few may make it north to join us all.



“Lent,” Pope Francis said, “is a time in which to turn off the television and open the Bible.”

During his teaching for the weekly Audience the Pope reflected on the 40 days spent by Jesus in the desert as He prepared for His public ministry and said that, in a sense, it is a time for us to imitate Jesus and seek a place of silence, where we are free to hear the Lord’s word and experience His call.

“In the desert one hears the Word of God,” he said, “one finds intimacy with God and the love of the Lord,” noting that Jesus taught us how to seek the Father, who speaks to us in silence.  For many of us, it is not easy to be in silence as we live in an environment that is “polluted by too much verbal violence,” by so many “offensive and harmful words” which are amplified by the internet “ Lent is a time to disconnect from cell phones and connect to the Gospel,” he said.

“It is the time to give up useless words, chatter, rumours, gossip, and talk and to speak directly to the Lord,” he said, it is a time in which to dedicate ourselves to an ecology of the heart.

Following on from our CSW Tree planting and Sprout Pencils now is a chance to get more involved in saving our Planet  Mother Earth. .


The Laudato Tree Project is Ireland’s contribution to the Great Green Wall – an incredible global initiative to plant 8,000km of trees, spanning 13 countries, right across Africa and to establish a mosaic of greened areas in the Sahel region south of the Sahara.

While the trees you help us plant in Africa will combat the destructive impact of climate change, we must also practice what we preach. So, as a statement of intent that we are serious about tackling climate change and meeting our own greenhouse targets, your generous donations will also help plant trees in Ireland – a country with one of the lowest forest coverage levels in Europe.

The Laudato Tree – Be part of something amazing


A competition being run by Trócaire at the minute called Game Changers (runs to 20th April) where students are invited to create a card, board or video game that explores Climate Justice, Human Rights or Sustainable Development Goals.

These 22 groups of young people, their teachers and Trócaire staff then came together to enjoy a hugely energetic and colourful event. On the day, the judges were wowed by the standard of gameplay on show but the final say on who took home the title went to the entrants themselves.

‘Children are hope’ – a new book by Pope Francis for children

‘Children are hope’ – a new book by Pope Francis aimed at children. I bambini sono speranza

I Bambini sono speranza (Children are hope) is the of a newly published children’s book composed of short and simple statements by Pope Francis that encourage sharing, acceptance and love.

The materials have been selected by Father Antonio Spadaro SJ, director of La Civiltà Cattolica magazine, and the book has been illustrated by Sheree Boyd who illustrated the Dear Pope Francis book for children published in 2016 which so many people loved.

Introducing the new book, Cardinal Tagle said that “where there are no children, there is no future.”

The book, he said, is “a breath of fresh air” as it is full of images of joy, energy and life. He shared that it reminds him of his own childhood in the village of Imus in the Philippines, where the family had no television set and where every evening his mother would read books to the children.

In the book the Pope speaks directly to children, choosing words that invite them to be generous, to not be afraid to cry, to do good in life, but also to smile and to dance for joy.

“You and I can make the Earth a more beautiful place” and “the best way to win a conflict is not to start it,” are amongst the Pope’s words chosen to make up the text of the volume.

On page one Pope Francis says “When I see a child like you, I feel so much hope in my heart”; next to it is a mirror in which the child sees his or her own reflection.

” Children are hope ” is “a special little book with a universal message to make the world a better place.”


Another book aimed at young people owes its origins to extracts from Pope Francis@ letter Christus Vivit.  Called “CHRIST IS ALIVE” £1.50 copy

Pope Francis calls all those aged 16-30 to throw themselves into life, to love, to create community, to care for our sisters and brothers who suffer, to build a better world and get involved as Jesus did.

Chapters include the following topics

The booklet is produced by Synod Fruits.

Check out this https://www.synodfruits.org.uk/#resources  You can order online.  Much more fascinating resources to be gleaned on this website.




LENT and EASTER 2020

Lent approaches as February passes.

Pope Francis tell us all

“Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by that patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive.”


Watch Utube video  WHAT IS LENT ?


also check out  Utube video  ” LENT IN THREE MINUTES “




Some more resources you may find helpful with your classes.

LENT 2020 an overview


Year-group-Reconciliation Sacrament 

50 things to give up for lent



Ash Wednesday Prayer Service

School Liturgy for the Distribution of Ashes

Introduction to a Christian Seder

Stations for Armagh Archdiocese


Donna kindly sent me this

Dist of Ashes 2020

Lent Board from Roisin


Lent idea from Donna


CSW 2020 & SEINN 2020

CSW 2020

Catholic Schools Week was launched at St John the Baptist Parish Church in Portadown today Tuesday January 21st. About 30 schools were represented with 600 young people attending with Principals teachers and some parents and grandparents. Living in harmony with Creation was our main focus. A similar launch took place yesterday at the Seinn Service at the Church of the Redeemer in Dundalk Co Louth. There the church was full to the brim with about 900 students from Dundalk, north and mid-Louth and south Armagh attending with teachers, parents and also so proud grandparents.
Our three banners this year remind us that our planet and special home is quickly being destroyed by careless and selfish overuse by nations, large companies and even individual choices in how we live and how we treat this wonderful part of God’s Creation. The first banner shows life created by God and says: “Creation God’s love for us” The second shows planet Earth cracking and wounded and says: “What went wrong?”  The third shows the same picture of our suffering planet Sister Earth and says: “We went wrong”.  Today we hoped to find a way forwards towards healing and living in harmony with our beautiful planet which is part of God’s Creation.
Music, hymn, readings, artwork and mime and dancing provided wonderful inspiration and reflection. Celebration and prayer helped us resolve in our own small way to be stewards of this wonderful world created in love for us by God. The organising team wish to thank all who helped make this celebration a true launch into CSW which begins this Sunday. Bishop Michael led us all in prayer and story. He blessed saplings of trees for schools to plant and each student received a sprout pencil contains sunflower seeds to emphasise the eco message of living in harmony with our world. Please God all will return home to school determined to make the most of CSW 2020.
Some schools have asked for a copy of the order of service. You can download this below.

Bishop Michael Router meets Colaiste Ris Students CSW 2020

The launch of Catholic Schools Week in the Archdiocese of Armagh will take place as follows:
Date Time Venue
Tuesday 21 January 11.00 am St John the Baptist Church, Drumcree, Portadown  ( Prayer Service / Para-liturgy)
Thursday 23 January 12.30 pm Holy Redeemer Church, Ard Easmuinn, Dundalk   ( Prayer Service with active singing !!)
Bishop Michael meets students in Dundalk as we prepare for CSW 2020 next week.  Full details of the launch are further down the blog.


Watch this uTube video of their time together.




Christian Unity Prayer Week 2020

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will run as usual from 18 to 25 January.
The theme this year is They showed us unusual kindness (Acts 28:2).   Annually, leaders of faith communities throughout the world gather together to arrive at the theme for the annual celebration of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year the theme finds its origins in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 27:18 – 28:10).
Resources are available as downloads from the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland website at www.ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer.
Local Service
An interdenominational Service for Christian Unity will be held in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh, on Wednesday, 22 January at 7.30 pm.
The guest preacher will be Fr Tony Currer, a diocesan priest of Hexham and Newcastle diocese in the North East of England who currently works at the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity where he is responsible for the Vatican’s relations with the worldwide Anglican and Methodist Communions and
for the materials prepared for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The materials for the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by the Christian churches in Malta and Gozo (Christians Together in Malta). On 10th February many Christians in Malta celebrate the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul, marking and giving thanks for the arrival of Christian faith on these islands. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles used for the feast is the text chosen for this year’s Week of Prayer. The story begins with Paul being taken to Rome as a prisoner (Acts 27:1ff). Paul is in chains, but even in what turns out to be a perilous journey, the mission of God continues through him. This narrative is a classic drama of humanity confronted by the terrifying power of the elements. The passengers on the boat are at the mercy of the forces of the seas beneath them and the powerful tempest that rages about them. These forces take them into unknown territory, where they are lost and without hope.

Today many people are facing the same terrors on the same seas. The very same places named in the reading (27:1, 28:1) also feature in the stories of modern-day migrants. In other parts of the world, many others are making equally dangerous journeys by land and sea to escape natural disasters, warfare and poverty. Their lives, too, are at the mercy of immense and coldly indifferent forces – not only natural, but political, economic and human. This human indifference takes various forms: the indifference of those who sell places on unseaworthy vessels to desperate people; the indifference of the decision not to send out rescue boats; and the indifference of turning migrant ships away. This names only a few instances. As Christians together facing these crises of migration this story challenges us: do we collude with the cold forces of indifference, or do we show “unusual kindness” and become witnesses of God’s loving providence to all people?


Help put Jesus back into Advent and Christmas with your students this year.  The secular message of Christmas is all about ” ME” and the real reason for this festival has been set aside quite deliberately by the business and the commercial interests that surround us all.

The Advent booklet is for the younger members of the Diocese (pre-Holy Communion) and contains items based on the Advent Gospels and Readings, Christmas Day, the Holy Family and The Epiphany of the Lord (Cycle A).  Families and schools should download and ask children to work with this booklet. Discuss the materials with them.

Advent 2019 Year A

Some Post Primary Resources to download for RE Class.

Christmas assembly +

Advent – The Waiting Time

Ten Christmas Commandments

Christmas Carol Service

Penitential Service for Advent (Susan)

Child of promise come

Flame of Bethlehem spreads light throughout the world

Jesus is Knocking at your Door this Christmas

The Innkeeper s Tale


Doodle Prayer

Mary’s diary

Mary’s dream

Prayer In A Pot

Thought for Christmas

The Birth of Jesus Christ

Epiphany of our Lord January

Epiphany to colour

Meditation on the Epiphany


Admirabile Signum’: Pope Francis’ apostolic letter on the meaning and importance of the Nativity scene
Pope Francis told a crowd gathered in Greccio that the scene of Baby Jesus in the manger, surrounded by his Blessed Mother, St. Joseph and others, should serve as a reminder to the constant presence of Christ in our lives, which began with the Incarnation. “God loves us to the point of sharing our humanity and our lives,” Pope Francis said. “He never leaves us alone.”
Pope Francis calls us to be like the shepherds who visited the Holy Family on that first Christmas. “Go to the cave, to see and recognize the sign that God has given us. … May his smile that lights up the night dispel indifference and open hearts to the joy of those who feel loved by our Heavenly Father.”
Read his full letter here



Jesus once told a parable about sowing a mustard seed.

“What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like?” It is like this. A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest seed in the world, and plants it in the ground.
It is so small, like a speck of dust. After a while, it grows up and becomes the biggest of plants.
It puts out such large branches that the birds come and make their nests in it.
THE GROUND  – A person’s heart
THE SEED – God’s love.
A SMALL PLANT – Good actions.
FULLY GROWN TREE- The Kingdom of God.


Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.Leave the rest to God.
Pope Francis speaks with us about the care of the Oceans
Pope Francis talks about the grave challenge of protecting the oceans.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot join Pope Francis in proclaiming this warning and the urgency of taking measures to protect the oceans.

Love this short film.

El Gamma Penumbra Films   (Shadow dancing)

Assembly spot in CSW2020 ?        Thanks Sr Marjorie for sending it to me.

Saving the Earth   Powerful images


Catholic Schools Week 2020

Catholic Schools Week 2020 will be celebrated from Sunday 27 January – Sunday 1 February 2020 on the theme ‘Living in Harmony With God’s Creation’.


November Moment and Liturgy can be found below








Laudato Si’ Mass




The Archdiocese of Armagh will celebrate the launch of CSW 2020 as follows

Tuesday, January 21st   St John the Baptist Church Drumcree Portadown at 11.00 am. (Arrive from 10.30 am)

Thursday, January 23rd  Holy Redeemer Church Ard Easmuin, Dundalk at 12.30 pm   Seinn  2020.  (Arrive from 12.00 )

We are looking forward so much to meeting up again to celebrate in Word and Song all that is special to our Catholic Education System throughout our Diocese.

Do put these dates in your diary and please do come along to join us.