February 2018

Post-Primary Diocesan Adviser R.E. News Blog

February 2018


Dear R.E Teacher/Chaplain,

Welcome to February’s issue of the R.E blog! It will be a busy month with the Lenten season beginning on the 14th but there will be the welcome break for mid-term from Monday 12th to the 19th!

This month’s blog continues with a calendar of events for February with a selection of resources linked to important dates from international justice, peace and environmental calendars as well as important dates/feast days from religious calendars. There is also a variety of further resources on this website http://education.dublindiocese.ie/post-primary/ under classroom and general resources. We will also continue to add resources as Gaeilge with the assistance of Sr. Mairéad Ni  Bhuachalla. 

Once again, we want to remind you we are here to help/assist you in your work as Religious Educators in any way we can so please feel free to contact us with any queries at lily.barry@dublindiocese.ie

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Lily Barry


January 28th-4th February        Catholic Schools Week 2018        Seachtain na Scoileanna Caitliceacha

A reminder that Catholic Schools Week 2018 runs from the end of January under the 4th of February. It 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/

At this stage, all schools in the Diocese will have received their school pack containing an A3 size Icon of the Holy Family, which is the chosen Icon of the World Meeting of Families 2018, the official family prayer card and a letter from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin encouraging all schools to participate in Catholic Schools Week. We hope you will display this beautiful Icon in a prominent place for the whole school community and encourage people to pray and get involved in World Meeting of Families 2018. https://www.icatholic.ie/catholic-schools-week-wmof-2018/


1st February          St. Brigid’s Day          Lá Fhéile Bríde

Brigid is one of the great saints of Ireland. Irish people have prayed to her for many hundreds of years. St. Brigid was Abbess of the monastery at Cill Dara (the Church of the Oak in the 6th century. Tradition tells us that as Brigid explained the passion and death of Christ to the dying pagan chieftain she took some rushes from the floor of the bothán and fashioned a cross. The Old Irish custom of placing a St. Brigid’s cross over the doors of dwelling houses and animal shelters thus began. People believed that in so doing Brigid would look after their households and stock and that full and plenty would be theirs in the year ahead. Later the custom of sprinkling the cross with holy water and invoking the following blessing began: “May the Father, Son, Holy Spirit and St. Brigid bless this cross and all who look upon it.” People ask her blessing on themselves, their families and their work. They use her name in prayer. "Brid agus Muire dhuit" was one old Irish blessing. For further resources and a short video on how to make St. Brigid’s day crosses see: http://education.dublindiocese.ie/2012/02/21/ppsaintbrigid/ 


St Brigid's Holy Well is located the Clondalkin area. So, on the day,  with the help of some of the students from Colaiste Bride there will be a short pilgrimage to the Well from the front cark park of Clondalkin Village Church after the 10am Mass. Fr. Damian will host a short prayer service with a blessing of the water from the Holy Well. Everyone is welcome to join with them! If you cannot join them, the parish have made a few resources for St Brigid's day as well as the prayer leaflet and a little bit of history about the Well in Clondalkin that can be viewed or downloaded from  their website- http://www.clondalkinparish.com/?p=2625​   From Frank Brown Parish Pastoral Worker. The Combined Catholic Parishes of Clondalkin.

Aifreann na Féile Bríde:

Déanfar Aifreann na Féile Bríde a cheiliúradh in Áras Chonnradh na Gaeilge, Corrán Grattan, Inse Chóir, Baile Átha Cliath 8, Déardaoin 1ú Feabhra @ 8.15 i.n. Ceiliúraí an tAthair Brian de Búrca O.M.I. Beidh oíche caidrimh ina dhiaidh.  Beidh fáilte roimh chách.

Lá Fhéile Bhride faoi mhaise agat! Happy St. Brigid’s Day. 


February 2nd          Presentation of the Lord          Candlemas Day

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus and is also known as Candlemas day, where the blessing and procession of candles is included in today's liturgies.


February 3rd          Feast Day of St. Blaise 

St. Blaise is known as the Patron of Throat Illnesses. For some short, interesting videos on St. Blaise see:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yGRtx_ITgA  http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=28


Beanú na Scornach

Trí idirghuí Naomh Bláisias,

Easpag agus Mairtíreach,

go gcosnaí Dia tú ó gach éalaing scornaí

agus ó gach tinneas eile,

trí Chríost ár dTiarna. Amen.


February 6th          Safer Internet Day “Create, connect and share respect”

With current trends regarding young people using the internet I highly recommend taking some time out to participate in Safer Internet Day (SID). It is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. The PDST Technology in Education and Webwise promotes this day in Ireland. The theme for Safer Internet Day 2018 is “Create, connect and share respect” This excellent resource will help students become better internet users. http://www.saferinternetday.ie/schools/


February 8th          International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the modern-day term for slavery. Women, children and men are bought and sold, beaten, abused and sometimes killed as they are traded like commodities on the invisible trafficking markets across the world. On 8th February, Caritas invites you to participate in the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, which is promoted by the Union of Superiors General. The day marks the feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese woman who was sold into slavery, abused but later freed.



February 11th          World Day of the Sick             Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

Today is World Day of the Sick, an observation started by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. The theme for this 26th world day of the sick is provided by the words that Jesus spoke from the Cross to Mary, his Mother, and to John: “Woman, behold your son … Behold your mother.  And from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (Jn 19:26-27). A number of events will take place in the Diocese to mark this day.

Dublin Diocesan World Day of the Sick Conference takes place on Saturday 10th February 2018 from 9.30am to 2.00pm in St Agnes’ Parish Centre, Crumlin, Dublin 12.

Mass of Healing and Anointing of the Sick will take place on Sunday the 11th of February at 3p.m in St Agnes’ Parish Church, Crumlin, Dublin 12. Main Celebrant:  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.







Sunday, February 11th coincides with the commemoration of the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. To celebrate the feast Whitefriar Street Church will celebrate a special Mass at 4.00 p.m. The Mass will include the celebration of the Sacrament of the sick. All are welcome to join them for this celebration.  http://www.whitefriarstreetchurch.ie/ OurLadyofLourdes2018.html

For further resources http://education.dublindiocese.ie/lourdes-resources/


February 14th          St. Valentine

Saint Valentine, officially known as Saint Valentine of Rome, is a third-century Roman saint widely celebrated on February 14 and commonly associated with "courtly love." http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=159  A variety of excellent resources are also available on http://education.dublindiocese.ie/2012/02/21/saint-valentine/


February 14th          Ash Wednesday          Céadaoin an Luaithrigh

Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer it is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. It comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person's forehead, he speaks the words: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return" or "Repent and believe in the Gospel." Ashes as a visible symbol of penance, made from blessed palm branches that are taken from the previous year's Palm Sunday Mass. For short videos and resources see: http://www.catholic.org/lent/ashwed.php




Join Trócaire in prayer and thanksgiving this Lenten season by supporting their Lenten Campaign 2018. This year’s Trócaire Lenten focuses upon the Koroma family in Freetown, Sierra Leone who were affected by recent landslides in their area. This tragic event affected the Koroma family in various ways and cost them their home, possessions, work tools and changed the course of this family’s future forever. Join Trócaire in prayer and thanksgiving this Lenten season to celebrate the resilience, hope and steadfast spirit of the Koroma family and the people of Sierra Leone. https://www.trocaire.org/resources/parishes/lent

Inniu Céadaoin an Luaithrigh, an chéad lá den Charghas, tréimhse 40 lá ullmhúcháin don Cháisc, an fhéile is tábhachtaí  i bhféilire na hEaglaise.

Cloisimid faoi dhaoine a dhéanann díthocsainiú chun a gcorp a ghlanadh amach, agus déanann daoine mór-ghlanadh nuair a bhíonn athchóiriú á dhéanamh acu ar sheomra nó ar theach.  Tugann an Carghas deis dúinn díthocsainiú spioradálta a dhéanamh agus ár gcroí a athnuachan.  Is siombail den díthocsainiú spioradálta an luaithreach seo agus cuirtear ar an gclár éadain é mar chomhartha aithrí i.e. go bhfuil beartaithe ag duine droch-nósanna a thréigean agus dea-ghníomhartha a chleachtadh.

February 20th          World Day of Social Justice

The United Nations' (UN) World Day of Social Justice is annually observed on February 20th to encourage people to look at how social justice affects poverty eradication. It also focuses on the goal of achieving full employment and support for social integration. The details of 2018 celebrations have not yet been announced. Further details and resources are available from http://www.greeningtheblue.org/event/world-day-social-justice




Other Important Dates/Information to Note!

Contemplation and Action in Lent. A Journey of Prayer, Music and Reflection with the Desert Fathers and Mothers in the Monastery of St. Alphonsus, St Alphonsus’ Road Upper
Dublin 9, Monday 19 February at 8.00 p.m. or webcam www.rednuns.com  Music led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group.

Emmanuel 2018 @ The Helix Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 1 @ 9:30 for further information see http://litmus.dublindiocese.ie/emmanuel/ or Book tickets through www.thehelix.ie (01) 700 7000 

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 runs from 26 February to 11 March and this year they would like you to join them in supporting the farmers and workers who grow our food. With Fairtrade, we have the power to change the world every day. https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Get-Involved/Current-campaigns/Fairtrade-Fortnight



The theme for each World Meeting of Families is chosen by the Pope. In choosing The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World, as the theme for the ninth World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland, Pope Francis invites us to reflect on a theme that was central to the Synodal process that led to his post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family.  

World Meeting of Families 2018 continues with their preparations and encourage involvement at every level.  



Thousands of people will be travelling from very distant places to participate in World Meeting of Families 2018 (Dublin, 21-26 August 2018). Many would be unable to come if they also had to cover the cost of accommodation. Do you have a spare room? Would you be willing to host a person, a couple or a family next August? Help us welcome visiting families to Ireland and have a home-from-home experience. 

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



Re:link A Religious Education Resource

Re:link is a 4-page supplement, which appears in The Sacred Heart Messenger magazine every month. Re:link is linked with the Religious Education curriculum and is produced and edited by a secondary school religion teacher. Re:link is not designed to replace textbooks, but it can be used as an additional resource for students, teachers and parents. What makes Re:link different from other publications is that it offers up-to-date information and examples in the way that textbooks cannot. Re:link produces information in a way that students can relate to, whether it be celebrity profiles, interviews with students their own age or through competitions.

You can find Re:link in the centre pages of The Sacred Heart Messenger magazine, which can be bought in many newsagents around the country, in your parish, or from a local promoter in your area. You can also subscribe online at messenger.ie    http://relink.messenger.ie/


Launch of a new Lenten book by Fr. Alan Hilliard

Diocesan priest Alan Hilliard has written his own series of forty reflections for the reader to dip in and out of over the forty days of the Lenten season. The book is aimed at people who want to take a bit of time to reflect on the meaning of faith in their everyday lives. Dipping into Lent is the ideal book for people who want to mark Lent without feeling burdened by the six-week stretch”

Invitation to Give, Pray, Fast

An innovative calendar for lent! Excellent resource for R.E classes. Contact Grainne Clinton @ litsec@dublindiocese.ie or Liturgy Resource Centre, Clonliffe College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3.  Tel: 018087554 for further details. http://litmus.dublindiocese.ie/