Congress Prayer Click to upload the Official Congress Prayer.
Congress Junior Class Resource Click to upload lesson plans for Year 8 perhaps.
Post-Primary Adviser – Reflection on the role for today:
“At the heart of our faith is the invitation to respond to the call of God. In particular, as Diocesan Advisers involved in catechesis, our challenge is to enable teachers and their pupils to hear that call and respond to it. I see my role in this area as encouraging, supporting, affirming, resourcing and providing up-to-date information to our teachers in order to spread the Gospel message in the classroom. In this sense Religious Education must be more than teaching knowledge and skills of an academic discipline, it must be about a lived experience of passing on the faith; to challenge teachers and pupils to bring Christ alive in ways appropriate to their stage of faith, through encouraging compassion, tolerance, understanding and respect for each other and for all those whom they meet in their lives.”
Presently most RC schools choose to use the CCEA Specifications and many students study the units on The Early Church with their second area being The Celtic Church. Some schools favour St Luke instead and ethics .
Most RC schools in N Ireland are currently offering AQA specifications for Religious Studies. The most common options being Unit 1 Christianity, Unit 2 Christianity Ethics. Unit 3 Roman Catholicism, Unit 4 Roman Catholicism Ethics, Unit 5 St Mark’s Gospel.
For convenience you can download these options here:
For students with Learning Issues :
For students that would not be able to accomplish a GCSE because of learning difficulties the former Diocesan Christian Lifestyle Programme is no longer an option. Some might like to offer the Entry level Programme offered by Edexcel selecting the Roman Catholic Option and combine this with the Faith Award offered by the Archdiocese of Armagh “The Muireadhach Award “. This combination would offer these students a challenge and a very good personal experience of religious education at this stage in their schooling.
Another possible resource that might be worth your consideration is the NOCN General Religious Education Entry Level 1 to 3 Awards (QCF)
Some work has been undertaken to formalize the lived vision for all Catholic education community. You may find the enclosed documents helpful.
Maeve Mahon gives an insight into what is different about a Catholic school in regard to the characteristic spirit or ethos of the school. Check out this link to her video :
These guidelines offer suggestions to Catholic secondary schools as to how to welcome and facilitate students of different faiths and no faith, while remaining true to the characteristic spirit of the school. The guidelines seek to address some of the challenges faced by Catholic schools in a 21st Century diverse Ireland and to encourage schools to be truly Catholic in its approach to hospitability and inclusiveness of all faiths and none in their schools. These guidelines can be downloaded in pdf below.
Catholic Schools Week is an important way of reminding ourselves of our special ethos. We have attached this year’s address by Bishop McKeown as a resource for thought and discussion.
Assembling and updating an RE policy will help develop a clear vision of RE in your school. ‘Towards a Policy on Religious Education in Post-Primary Schools’ is the document published by Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference which will greatly help you in developing your school’s RE policy. Developing, putting in place and reviewing regularly this policy document will give your department a clear picture of the aims, procedures, expectations and roles in RE in your school.
Junior Cycle Religious Education (JCRE) may be taught from three points of departure: 1. Following the JCRE syllabus and students taking the examination 2. Following the JCRE syllabus and not taking the state examination 3. Junior Certificate Schools Programme.
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Within the Archdiocese of Armagh there are schools providing students with the opportunity to study Religious Education as a subject for the Leaving Certificate. You can access the syllabus and coursework titles here.
Vist the link below for further support 2011/12
One of the great and burning issues is the provision of suitable religious education for 5th and 6th Form students alongside whatever examination subjects they may be taking. The Churches asked the NCCA to prepare a Framework for Senior Cycle Religious Education and we hope you will use this to resource your teaching of modules at this level. It is an attractive and most helpful document. You should review the themes offered and fit them to your own needs and programme.
People of Faith:
Research someone who has really tried to live their discipleship of Jesus and examine how their example has inspired others on their faith journey : Some examples: