September 2018

Post-Primary Diocesan Adviser R.E. News Blog

September 2018 / Meán Fómhair 2018


Dear R.E Teacher/Chaplain,

Welcome to September’s issue of the R.E blog!  I hope you all had a wonderful summer with plenty of opportunities to unwind, refresh and recharge! I hope the blog will continue to be useful for you as an educational resource in your work in schools and parishes. In addition, I would be more than happy to receive any contributions you may wish to share with fellow Chaplains and R.E teachers or any suggestions for in-service /support days which the Diocese could provide.  

Sr. Bernadette and I are looking forward to welcoming and launching the new 2018/19 Ember teams for schools in this academic year. We hope to visit many of you in throughout the year, and look forward to continued collaboration as we work to promote the faith of the young people in our care.

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

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Lily Barry


September 5th                         The International Day of Charity

                                                   Lá Idirnáisiúnta Tiomanta don Charthanacht


Charity, like the notions of volunteerism and philanthropy, provides real social bonding and contributes to the creation of inclusive and more resilient societies…”

The International Day of Charity was established with the objective of sensitizing and mobilizing people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities.  Charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises, supplement public services in health care, education, housing and child protection. It assists the advancement of culture, science, sports, and the protection of cultural and natural heritage. It also promotes the rights of the marginalized and underprivileged and spreads the message of humanity in conflict situations.

The date of 5 September was chosen in order to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 "for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace."

This day could be used as a valuable resource for senior or junior cycle R.E.if examining human rights issues or in particular, it could supplement Section A: Communities of Faith/profile of a community at work or a person of faith. For further resources see:


September 5th               Remembering Mother Teresa - 21 years on

                                         Cuimhneachán ar Mother Theresa


“Don’t search for God in faraway lands. He is not there. He is close to you. He is with you. Just keep that lamp burning, and you will always see him.”

Today we celebrate the feast day of Mother Teresa, a universal symbol of God's merciful and preferential love for the poor and forgotten. Mother Teresa, the renowned nun and missionary, was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910. In 1928, she went to India, where she devoted herself to helping the destitute. In 1948, she became an Indian citizen and founded the order of Missionaries of Charity in Kolkota (Calcutta) in 1950, which became noted for its work among the poor and the dying in that city.

For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, first in India and then in other countries, including hospices and homes for the poorest and homeless. Mother Teresa’s work has been recognized and acclaimed throughout the world and she has received a number of awards and distinctions, including the Nobel Peace Prize. Mother Teresa died on September 5th 1997 at 87 years of age. As a testament to her most remarkable life, Pope John Paul II permitted the opening of her Cause of Canonization. On December 20, 2002, he approved the decrees of her heroic virtues and miracles. Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 19, 2003. She was canonised on 4th September 2016. On September 5th, the Church celebrates the feast day of Mother Teresa. For power point presentations and resources see:


September 8th                          International Literacy Day      

                                                  Lá Idirnáisiúnta Tiomanta don Litearthacht

“The ability to READ, WRITE, and COMMUNICATE connects people and empowers them to achieve things they never thought possible.”

 Each year September 8th marks UNESCO’s International Literacy day, raising awareness globally on the issues surrounding adult and child literacy. First held in 1966 and now part of the UN’s sustainable development goals program adopted in 2015, International Literacy day highlights the changes and improvements being made worldwide in literacy development. See and for further resources.


September 8th                         Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

                                                   Saolú na Maighdine Muire

On Our Lady's birthday, the Church celebrates the first dawning of redemption with the appearance in the world of the Saviour’s mother, Mary. The Blessed Virgin occupies a unique place in the history of salvation, and she has the highest mission ever commended to any creature. We rejoice that the Mother of God is our Mother, too. Let us often call upon the Blessed Virgin as "Cause of our joy", one of the most beautiful titles in her litany.

September Devotion: Our Lady of Sorrows, Muire na nDólás

Since the 16th century, Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. Due to her feast day on September 15, the month of September has traditionally been set aside to honour Our Lady of Sorrows. All the sorrows of Mary (the prophecy of Simeon, the three days' loss, etc.) are merged in the supreme suffering at the Passion. In the Passion, Mary suffered a martyrdom of the heart because of Our Lord's torments and the greatness of her love for Him. "She it was," says Pope Pius XII, "who immune from all sin, personal or inherited, and ever more closely united with her Son, offered Him on Golgotha to the Eternal Father together with the holocaust of her maternal rights and motherly love. As a new Eve, she made this offering for all the children of Adam contaminated through his unhappy fall. Thus she, who was the mother of our Head according to the flesh, became by a new title of sorrow and glory the spiritual mother of all His members."

INVOCATIONS: Mary most sorrowful, Mother of Christians, pray for us. Virgin most sorrowful, pray for us. A Mhuire na nDólás, Máthair na gCríostaithe  guigh orainn.


September 9th-11th & 18th-19th      Jewish New Year:  Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

                                                                    Aithbhliain na nGiúdach


Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and a day of judgment and coronation of God as king.  It begins at sunset on Sunday, 9 September 2018 and ends at nightfall on Tuesday, 11 September 2018. Yom Kippur 2018 begins at sunset on Tuesday, 18 September and ends at nightfall on Wednesday, 19 September 2018.

Section C of the Junior Cert R.E programme deals with major world religions, one of which is Judaism. These festivals may supplement the teaching of this section. The resources listed will prove very valuable educational tools for teaching and learning on this topic.


September 10th                         World Suicide Prevention Day

                                                         Cosc ar  Fhéin-ghortú

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) is dedicated to preventing suicidal behaviour, alleviating its effects, and providing a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors. Founded by the late Professor Erwin Ringel and Dr. Norman Farberow in 1960, IASP now includes professionals and volunteers from more than fifty different countries. IASP is a Non-Governmental Organization concerned with suicide prevention. Excellent ideas and resources for dealing with this topic are available on


September 11th                          9/11 R.E. Resources


“No day shall erase you from the memory of time”

Teach + Learn Information, context and resources exploring the attacks of 9/11. Including excellent education programmes, lesson plans and interactive timelines. and for a power point presentation and further resources.


September 14th                         Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

                                                         Féile Ghlórú na Croise Naofa

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross reminds us that the Cross of Christ is pivotal to our faith, "The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Cor 1:18). The whole Liturgical Calendar provides examples of those who followed Christ: "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me" (Luke 9:23), but this week provides us with particular examples of a wide spectrum: ancient and new martyrs, bishops, popes, laity, scholarly writers all of whom lived under the shadow of the Triumphant Cross of Christ. Through the intercession of Our Lady of Sorrows and these saints, may we embrace and lift high the Cross daily in our lives.


September 21st                         Matthew the Evangelist 

                                                        Maitiú, Soiscéalaí

From Matthew we know of the many doings of Christ and the message Christ spread of salvation for all people who come to God through Him. Matthew wrote his Gospel for Jewish people who had become followers of Christ. He wanted his audience to know that Jesus was the Messiah that God had promised to send to save all people. Matthew’s Gospel makes clear that Jesus is the fulfillment of everything said by the prophets in the Old Testament. His book is the first of the four Gospels in the New Testament. The Church established St. Matthew's feast day as September 21. St. Matthew is the patron saint for accountants, bankers, bookkeepers and tax collectors.


St. Matthew Prayer

O Glorious St. Matthew, in your Gospel you portray Jesus as the longed-for Messiah who fulfilled the Prophets of the Old Covenant and as the new Lawgiver who founded a Church of the New Covenant. Obtain for us the grace to see Jesus living in his Church and to follow his teachings in our lives on earth so that we may live forever with him in heaven.


September 21st                          International Day of Peace  

                                                         Lá Idirnáisiúnta Tiomanta don Síocháin

This year's #peaceday celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "The Right to Peace- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70." #standup4humanrights

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.


September 27th                         Feast Day of St. Vincent de Paul 

                                                        Féile Naomh Uinseann de Pól

"The question which is agitating the world today is a social one. It is a struggle between those who have nothing and those who have too much. It is a violent clash of opulence and poverty, which is shaking the ground under our feet. Our duty as Christians is to throw ourselves between these two camps in order to accomplish by love what justice alone cannot do".


Those words, spoken in 1834 by the Founder of the Society of St.Vincent de Paul, Frederic Ozanam, remain relevant in today’s world. Frederic was 20 years old when he began the Society with a number of friends in Paris on April 23, 1833. He made that defining statement a year later. It encompasses the spiritual ethos of the Society and its focus on working for social justice. The name of St.Vincent de Paul was chosen for the new Society as its patron saint. From the outset, the Society favoured a practical, direct approach to dealing with poverty. For further resources see:


September 27th                          Feast of the Archangels

                                                         Féile na nArdaingeal


The liturgy celebrates the feast of these three archangels who are venerated in the tradition of the Church. Michael (Who is like God?) was the archangel who fought against Satan and all his evil angels, defending all the friends of God. He is the protector of all humanity from the snares of the devil. Gabriel (Strength of God) announced to Zachariah the forthcoming birth of John the Baptist, and to Mary, the birth of Jesus. His greeting to the Virgin, "Hail, full of grace," is one of the most familiar and frequent prayers of the Christian people. Raphael (Medicine of God) is the archangel who took care of Tobias on his journey.


Other Dates/Information:

Further excellent resources for September are available from Frank Brown Parish Pastoral Worker from The Combined Catholic Parishes of Clondalkin. These include:

  • A few prayers for those going back to school
  • The 30 days of Prayer for Sept resources
  • A few mixed (and practical) resources keeping the theme of Hospitality & Welcome going
  • World Suicide prevention day - a few simple resources that we are using online and in parish in conjunction with Community Action on Suicide
  • Resources for - The Feast of the Triumph of the Cross (Taize Prayer, Morning prayer, Sign of the Cross, History of the feast, Youth stations of the Cross etc.)
  • Novena to our lady of Sorrows (Booklet) - With scripture & reflections

You can view/download & print them from:!AtJiw53tHyZ_gfFXHjdUFVk6PtwoOg​ 


School Chaplains' Association of Ireland 2018

Cumann na Séipeíneach Scoile in Éirinn 2018

Assisting Post-Primary School Chaplains in their ministry

Conference 2018

Date: Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October

Theme:  “Lighting the Way”

Cost:  Conference fee - €120

Venue:  Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick - (061) 456 200


Annual School Mass 2018, Aifreann Bliaintiúil 2018

The Mass for the opening of the academic year for schools of the Diocese will be held on Tuesday, 25th September 2017 at 7.30pm, in the Church at DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra, Drumcondra Road Upper, Dublin 9.  (Formerly St. Patrick’s Teacher Training College.)  All Staff and Board Members are invited.  Some schools have also sent post-primary pupils and that can be accommodated if you wish. Please contact Declan Lawlor on 01 8087530 for further information.


Archdiocese of Dublin  Ard-Dheoise Bhaile Átha Cliath

See the Archdiocese of Dublin website for information on events, which take place throughout the diocese including the WYD in Panama 2019.


Cuairt Aspalda a Naofacht, an Pápa Proinsias, ar Éirinn

 Following on from the Apostolic Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Ireland, all his speeches are available on World Meeting of Families, 25-26 August 2018: 


Seo chugaibh Searmanas Paidreoireachtale haghaidh tosach na bliana a d’fheádfaí a úsáid le scoláirí chun iarraidh ar Dhia a bheannacht a chur ar an scoilbhliain atá romhainn amach.


"Tús Maith, Leath na hOibre" 

Coinneal,  Síolta le cur

Cinnire:   Tá fáilte romhaibh ar ais tar éis shaoire an tsamhraidh.  Tá scoil-bhliain úr, nua sroichte againn agus tá tús curtha againn le téarma nua scoile.  Iarraimid ar Dhia a bheannacht a chur orainn agus ar obair na bliana.  Lasfaimid coinneal chun a chur i gcuimhne dúinn go bhfuil Íosa, Solas an Domhain, inár measc ag cabhrú linn.

Lastar coinneal.


Guth 1:   Cad atá i ndán dúinn sa bhliain atá romhainn amach?  Níl a fhios agamsa.  Níl a fhios agatsa.

Guth 2:   Beidh a chion féin d’obair agus de shúgradh, de rath agus de mhí-rath.

Guth 3:  Ach tá rud amháin cinnte: ní thréigfidh Dia sinn.  “Bíodh muinín agat as an Tiarna agus fóirfidh sé ort.”  (Leabhar Shíorach 2:6)






Dia  ar  Láimh  Liom   * 

Fiú san oíche dhubh – Dia liom,

Fiú i lár an cheobhráin – Dia romham,

Fiú le scamaill dhorcha thar mo cheann,

Dia i gcónaí ann,

Fiú ar strae sna sléibhte – Dia liom,

Fiú sa stoirm fhíochmhar – Dia romham,

Fiú gan réalt le soilsiú thar mo cheann,

Dia i gcónaí ann – ar láimh liom.


Mílte réaltóg, is iad gealltanas na bhFlaitheas dom,

Gach aon ghealach úr, ath-thabhairt de do bheannacht orm.


Duilleoga an fhómhair ag titim mar do chomhbhrón-chroí,

Bachlóga athuair, do ghealltanas don Aiséirí.


Beannaithe an té a chaoineann is a chuimhníonn,

Beannaithe iad siúd a dtugann Dia sólás dóibh.


Liam Lawton, Aistrithe ag Clare Maloney


 Guth 4:   Tús nua é seo ina gcuirfear síol a fhásfaidh i rith na bliana, síol a thiocfaidh i mbláth sa todhchaí.


Cuirtear síolta ag fás i bpróca.


Guth 5:   Is ócáid í seo atá lán de dhóchas maidir le cúrsaí oibre, dea-thorthaí, cairdeas, sult agus foghlaim.


  1. Go raibh dea-obair, creideamh agus cairdeas sa bhliain atá romhainn amach.


  1. Ná raibh aon duine sa scoil seo uaigneach, ná ina (h)aonar sa rang, ná raibh aon duine ag fulaingt de bharr iompar dhaoine eile.


  1. Agus sinn ag tosú le dóchas, le guí agus le cairdeas, go raibh an Tiarna linn ag tús na bliana, i rith na bliana agus ag deireadh na bliana chun obair na bliana a thabhairt chun críche.


  1. I rith na bliana seo go gcleachtaimid “An ceart a dhéanamh, buanghrá a chothú agus siúl go humhal i bhfochair Dé.” (Míceá 6:8)


Tar  Chugam, a  Spioraid  Naoimh  *

Tar chugam, a Spioraid Naoimh, tar chugam.

Tar chugam is cabhraigh liom chun bheith lách.

Tar chugam is cabhraigh liom chun bheith foighneach.

Tar chugam is cabhraigh liom chun bheith séimh.

Tar chugam is cabhraigh liom chun bheith grámhar.

Máire Nuinseann


*  Tá ceol na n-iomann seo ar an dlúth-dhiosca a théann le Beo Go Deo 8.


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