January 2018

Post-Primary Diocesan Adviser R.E. News Blog

January 2018


Dear R.E Teacher/Chaplain,

Happy New Year to everyone and welcome back to this new term! My name is Lily Barry and I would like to introduce myself as the new post-primary Diocesan Advisor. I am replacing Anna Maloney and working alongside Sr. Bernadette Carron. We look forward to meeting everyone in the coming months and year. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us here in Archbishop’s house if we can help you in any way.  

We hope to continue to update the blog each month with a calendar of events for each month (this will contain a selection of resources linked to events and important dates from international justice, peace and environmental calendars as well as important dates from religious calendars).


Nationwide Programme

We suggest you check out RTE Player as RTE had an interesting programme on the Dominican Community and the young priests taking on the priestly life.  Former Manchester Utd. footballer, Philip Mulryne gave great insight into his journey as do the Accountants, Engineer, Atheist who became priests in the last few years.  https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/nationwide-21/10827425/

January 8th-31st                    “What do you mean I can’t change the world?”

A new short motivational film on truetube.co.uk to help get students begin the New Year with a positive attitude! It covers the topics of Justice and Equality. See https://www.truetube.co.uk

January 15th                                 Martin Luther King Day

This day marks the birthday of Martin Luther King. TrueTube offer a range of excellent resources including short films to generate discussion on the issues peace and justice and power point presentations. https://www.truetube.co.uk/event/martin-luther-kings-birthday-0

January 18th-25th                 Christian Unity Week

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place from the 18th to the 25th January 2018.  This year’s theme is ‘That All May Be Free’.  It is based on the story of Moses and how God called him (Ex 3:1-22) to lead the Chosen People, the Israelites, from Egypt to the Promised Land (Ex 14).  God’s desire is that human rights be respected and he calls each of us to work for justice. During this week, all classes in schools are invited to pray for Christian Unity. Resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018 to support the teaching of this theme are available on: www.ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer

January 19th                         Celebrate World Religion Day

Many organizations celebrate the day by holding interfaith events where faith leaders get together to give talks and lectures. People are encouraged to talk to and listen to people from faiths different than their own and to understand the basic tenets of other religions.

See http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/world-religion-day  for excellent short films on the lives of people from different religious backgrounds. This website also contains teacher’s notes to help prepare lessons and can aid as a supplementary resource for Junior Cert R.E / Foundations of Religion section C.

January 24th                        St. Francis de Sales

“Christ is a Divine Person, but his human nature played a part in his actions, his human intelligence, his voice, his glance, his manner of behaviour.  People, including children, the most discerning of all, liked to be in his company.  He was a welcome guest at everyone’s table.

St. Francis de Sales was a man whose conduct and manners were not the least of the means by which he brought many souls to God.  It was he who recommended that everyone who wished to practice charity should cultivate what he called “the little virtues”:  friendliness, courtesy, good manners, consideration, patience and understanding, especially with the difficult.” 

(Frank Duff – Servant of God)

January 25th                         The Conversion of St. Paul

This event is depicted in Caravaggio’s painting with interesting observations in the link - http://www.caravaggio.org/conversion-ofsaint-paul.jsp  One can see the arms of Christ depicted in this painting extended “beseechingly rather than commandingly” while may be a good conversion starter in the classroom. 

January 27th                         Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year. It is a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust. On HMD we can honour the survivors of subsequent regimes who suffered persecution and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today.  Holocaust Education Trust Ireland: Holocaust Education Trust Ireland aims to teach about the Holocaust and its consequences. HETI designs educational and cultural programmes suitable for all ages and all walks of life.    

January 28th-4th Feb            Catholic Schools Week 2018

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. See https://www.catholicschools.ie/csw2018/

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. For further information and a range of resources free to download see: https://www.icatholic.ie/catholic-schools-week-wmof-2018/ See also: https://amoris.ie/

Everyone is welcome to follow their programme online or at their parish and other public events.  


Other Feast Days:

January 28th: Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas

January 30th: Feast Day of St. Aidan of Ferns

January 31st: Feast Day of St. Don Bosco

See also http://www.catholicculture.org/culture//liturgicalyear/overviews/months/01.cfm for a comprehensive list of all the feast days in the Roman calendar.


Other Important Dates/Information to Note!


Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the World Meeting of Families 2018. 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.

World Meeting of Families 2018 continues with their preparations and encourage involvement at every level.  For information on any aspect of WMOF contact WMOF2018 Office at Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3, Ireland Tel.: +353 1 567 6800. Email: info@worldmeeting2018.ie

Religious Education for Leaving Cert

The Religion Teachers’ Association of Ireland, in collaboration with the Irish Centre for Religious Education and the School of Theology, Philosophy and Music, DCU, is offering a coursework day for students preparing for Leaving Certificate Religious Education in 2019. RE Leaving Certificate Coursework Day Saturday 27th January 2018 DCU, St. Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra Road, Dublin, ROOM E214 Contact http://www.rtai.ie/ for details.

Emmanuel: Liturgical Music in Our Schools

Almost two and a half thousand teenagers from all over Dublin and surrounding counties will be on stage in the Helix between Feb 26 and March 1 – singing and playing Church music. The students, from more than 60 different secondary schools, are taking part in the Emmanuel project run by the Archdiocese of Dublin.

The concert series is unique in the Irish Church – with students between the ages of 12 and 17 singing music, live in front of a large audience.  Each evening performance is almost entirely student led with soloists chosen from participating schools to sing live, musicians performing from the student body and student presenters acting as MC’s each night. For further information see http://litmus.dublindiocese.ie/emmanuel/ or Book tickets through www.thehelix.ie (01) 700 7000 


Ember Faith Leadership Programme

What is Ember? The Ember Programme is a faith leadership-training programme for students at senior level in secondary schools. The students are trained to become faith leaders in their schools and in some cases, they act as mentors for incoming students at Junior Level. This programme is coordinated by the Archdiocese of Dublin Education Secretariat and has been developed in partnership with a number of professionals who engage with young people in a faith capacity. For further information, contact myself, Lily Barry or Sr. Bernadette here in Archbishop’s House: 01 8087500.

Wishing you every blessing for the new term and the year ahead.

Mise le Meas,

Lily Barry