April 2018

Post-Primary Diocesan Adviser R.E. News Blog

April 2018


Dear R.E Teacher/Chaplain,

Welcome to April’s issue of the R.E blog! I hope you are all refreshed after the Easter break and ready to face into the final term. Although Easter has passed it is not too late to re-visit some of the most important days of the Church liturgical year with your students! The Easter story gives us time to reflect on the message of hope and new life: Easter reminds us that when all hope appears lost the unexpected happens! Easter means to live with a sense of newness.  Just as the return of spring lifts our spirits and makes us feel like the whole world is new, the Resurrection of Jesus makes “all things new.” (Rev. 21:5) Be Fearless, Be Joyful, Be Renewed: Live the Spirit of Easter!

We will continue to add resources as Gaeilge with the assistance of Sr. Mairéad Ni  Bhuachalla. 

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Lily Barry


April 1st                      Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection

                                      Domhnach Cásca, Aiséirí an Tiarna

"He is risen." The resurrection of Christ is a pledge of our own resurrection. It is the foundation upon which our faith rests. It is the guarantee of our redemption and God's assurance that our sins are forgiven and that we are called to eternal life. "This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us be glad and rejoice therein. Give praise to the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever. Alleluia."



April 7th                             Feast Day of St. John Baptist de La Salle

                                     Lá Fhéile Naomh Eoin Baiste de La Salle 

Special Patron of all Christian Educators  

O God, who chose Saint John Baptist de la Salle to educate young Christians, raise up, we pray, teachers in your Church ready to devote themselves wholeheartedly to the human and Christian formation of the young. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

For further resources and a short power point on St. John de La Salle see:





April 8th                      Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

                                       An Dara Domhnach den Cháisc

"I shall sing forever the Lord's mercy." (Ps 89 [88]) This Sunday is popularly known as Mercy of God Sunday. Between 1930 and 1938 Christ appeared to Sister Faustina, a Sister of Mercy in Poland who initiated the Divine Mercy devotion. She was canonized on April 30, 2000, the Sunday after Easter, the Feast of Divine Mercy. On Good Friday, 1937, Jesus requested that Blessed Faustina make a special novena before the Feast of Mercy, from Good Friday through the following Saturday. Jesus also asked that a picture be painted according to the vision of Himself as the fountain of mercy. He gave her a chaplet to be recited and said that it was appropriate to pray the chaplet at three o'clock each afternoon (the Hour of Great Mercy).

https://www.wincalendar.com/Divine-Mercy-Sunday https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2018-04-08


April 9th                             The Annunciation of the Lord (transferred from March 25th)

                                      Teachtaireacht an Aingil

A tradition, which has come down from the apostolic ages, tells us that the great mystery of the Incarnation was achieved on the twenty-fifth day of March. It was at the hour of midnight, when the most holy Virgin was alone and absorbed in prayer, that the Archangel Gabriel appeared before her, and asked her, in the name of the blessed Trinity, to consent to become the Mother of God.  

This feast is very important in the defence of the life of unborn children. Even with small children, this is a good day to begin teaching about the high value God places on human life. He loved us so much that he became one of us, took on our human nature and became an innocent, completely dependent infant.  



April 23rd                    Birthday of Blessed Frederic Ozanam the founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

                                         Breithlá Naomh.  Uinsionn de Pól



April 25th                          St. Mark, Evangelist

                                      Naomh Marcas, Soiscéalaí 

Saint Mark was one of Christ's 70 disciples, one of the four evangelists and the traditional author of the second Gospel, The Book of Mark. For a short video and other information see:



April 27th                    Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution

                                        Coinnigh an Nádúr Saor ó Phlaisteach

From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behaviour about plastics.



Other Dates to Note:                                                                                   

Saturday, April 14th              Religion Teachers Association of Ireland

                                                      Cumann Múinteoirí Reiligiúin na hÉireann

Following on from requests at the start of the academic year we will be hosting a small gathering of teachers of Junior Cert Religious Education on Saturday 14th April in the Dublin West Education Centre. The morning will start with registration at 9.30am and end with a light lunch at 1pm.

The morning will provide a meet and greet opportunity for those who are seeking some support or hints and tips for the current syllabus. It would certainly be useful for those who are more newly qualified or indeed those who want to just want to refresh their understanding. There are still four rounds of exams left in JCRE so we will be looking at a three year plan for teaching the syllabus, how to approach the exam, the essay question and the journal work. Moreover, it will provide an opportunity to ask questions and seek advice from those with many years teaching experience.

Reserve your place by emailing canavanmt@gmail.com  or contact http://www.rtai.ie/


Thursday, April 19th             Chaplaincy – A Vision for the Future

                                                       Séiplíneacht – Fís don Todhchaí

A reminder for all Chaplains. Our Chaplaincy Day will be held here in the Diocesan offices on the 14th. Please feel free to email me your name and school if you would like to join us.


Saturday, April 28th              LCRE Workshop

                                                        Ceardlann LCRE

The RTAI are organising a morning workshop for teachers of exam LCRE on Saturday 28th April in Portlaoise Education Centre from 9.30-1pm. The morning will allow time for discussion, exam hints and the sharing of resources. It will be led by Gary Carley and Paula Finnegan. Teachers are asked to bring with them one resource that works well with their classes. It can be from any area of the LCRE course and can be in paper format (copied for all) or on a memory stick. Bring one, get many more in return! Book your place by emailing canavanmt@gmail.com  Places are limited so only book if you fully intend to attend.


Emmanuel Reschedule 2018

Emmanuel 2018 Atheagraithe

May 1, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – May 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

The Helix, Collins Ave, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Cost: €12        CONTACT: Liturgy Resource Centre 01 808755


World Meeting of Families 2018       Is Your School Involved?

Cruinniú Domhanda na dTeaghlach 2018.    An mbeidh do scoil páirteach?

Preparations continue and new guidelines for schools to volunteer are available online. See https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/ for further information.



 Further excellent resources for this Easter Season are available from: Jared Dees, The Religion Teacher  www.thereligionteacher.com and from Frank.Brown@dublindiocese.ie