Post-Primary Diocesan Adviser R.E. News Blog
October 2018 / Deireadh Fómhair 2018
Welcome to October issue of the R.E blog! I hope you all had a great start to the new academic year and are looking forward to October mid-term! I trust 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 were privileged to launch the new 2018/19 Ember teams for 18 schools in September. We were also delighted to welcome three representatives from new schools who came to Ovoca to observe our Ember training in action, with the hope of joining us with a school team next year.
Finally, school visits have begun for this academic year, and we look forward to continued collaboration with you 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,
October The Month of the Rosary
Mí na Corónach Mhuire
“The Rosary is a prayer both so humble and simple and a theologically rich in Biblical content. I beg you to pray it.” St. John Paul II
October 7th is the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, sometimes referred to as the Feast of the Holy Rosary. The day was dedicated by St. Pius V who credited a victory over the invading Turks to the intercession of Mary through the rosary. Pope Benedict XVI described the image of Our Lady of the Rosary in a 2007 Angelus:
“The traditional image of Our Lady of the Rosary portrays Mary who with one arm supports the Child Jesus and with the other is offering the rosary beads to St Dominic. This important iconography shows that the Rosary is a means given by the Virgin to contemplate Jesus and, in meditating on his life, to love him and follow him ever more faithfully. It is this message that Our Lady has also bequeathed to us in her various apparitions.” (Benedict XVI, Angelus, October 7, 2009)
October The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of October 2018
Intinní an Phápa don Mhí Dheireadh Fómhair 2018
Evangelization – The Mission of Religious: That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice. http://www.popesprayerusa.net/
Soiscéalaíocht – Misean na nOrd Rialta
October 1st Feast Day of St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Féile Naomh Treasa as Lisieux
"Our Lord does not so much look at the greatness of our actions, or even at their difficulty, as at the love with which we do them."
Today is the memorial of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, more popularly known as "the Little Flower." Shining brightly among the little ones to whom the secrets of the kingdom were revealed in a most special way is Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, a professed nun of the order of Discalced Carmelites. Therese of Lisieux is a young person. She reached the maturity of holiness in the prime of youth. As such, she appears as a teacher of evangelical life, particularly effective in illumining the paths of young people, who must be the leaders and witnesses of the Gospel to the new generations.
https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=232 http://education.dublindiocese.ie/october-1st-feast-day-of-st-therese-of-lisieux/ https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2018-10-01
October 2nd Feast of the Guardian Angels
Féile na nAingeal Coimhdeachta
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.” Matthew 18:10
Angels are servants and messengers from God. "Angel" in Greek means messenger. In unseen ways, the angels help us on our earthly pilgrimage by assisting us in work and study, helping us in temptation and protecting us from physical danger. Devotion to the angels is, at base, an expression of faith in God’s enduring love and providential care extended to each person day in and day out.
October 2nd Gandhi's birthday; International Day of Nonviolence
Lá breithe Gandhi; Lá IdirnáisiúntaTiomanta don Fhrith – Fhoréigean
"Gandhi proved that non-violence can change history. Let us be inspired by his courage and conviction as we continue our work to advance peace, sustainable development and human rights for all of the peoples of the world." UN Secretary-General António Guterres
The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. According to General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness". The resolution reaffirms "the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence" and the desire "to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence".
October 4th Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi
Féile Naomh Proinsias as Assisi
“Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love”
Most people know Francis as a middle-ages ascetic who loved animals. The complete story is even more interesting. St Francis was born in 1181 in Assisi in Italy. In his youth, he spent money lavishly on fine clothes and having fun. He fell ill twice and then realised he was wasting precious time and that he should be serving Jesus instead.
Often he gave his clothes and money to the poor and served the sick in hospital. He felt he should do more and went around in rags while fasting. His father was disgusted with his behaviour and took his inheritance from him. St.Francis had to depend on the kindness of people for food and shelter. He begged sinners to convert and return to God. He had the great power of working miracles. He loved all creatures and the animals obeyed his commands.
St.Francis died on October 3rd 1226.
For further information, a full-length movie and power point presentations see the following links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG5jVcYA1aM
October 5th St. Faustina
“Great love can change small things into great ones, and it is only love which lends value to our actions.”
Sister Faustina was a young, uneducated nun in a convent of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland during the 1930s. She came from a poor family that struggled during the years of World War I. She had only three years of simple education, so hers were the humblest tasks in the convent, usually in the kitchen or garden. However, she received extraordinary revelations — or messages — from our Lord Jesus. Jesus asked Sr. Faustina to record these experiences, which she compiled into notebooks. These notebooks are known today as the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, and the words contained within are God's loving message of Divine Mercy.
Though the Divine Mercy message is not new to the teachings of the Church, Sr. Faustina's Diary sparked a great movement and a strong and significant focus on the mercy of Christ. Saint John Paul II canonized Sr. Faustina in 2000 making her the "first saint of the new millennium." Speaking of Sr. Faustina and the importance of the message contained in her Diary, the Pope call her "the great apostle of Divine Mercy in our time." Today, we continue to rely of St. Faustina as a constant reminder of the message to trust in Jesus' endless mercy, and to live life mercifully toward others. We also turn to her in prayer and request her intercession to our merciful Saviour on our behalf.
October 5th World Teacher’s Day
Lá Domhanda Tiomanta do Mhúinteoirí
“The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher.”
As we celebrate World Teachers’ Day this year, we take this occasion to remind the global community that “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher.” This theme was chosen to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), where education is recognised as a key fundamental right. A right that cannot be fulfilled without qualified teachers. Trained and qualified teachers are fundamental to the right to education.
"On this World Teachers’ Day, as we celebrate teachers’ important contributions to improving the lives of children and youth around the world, we reaffirm our commitment to increasing the global supply of qualified teachers. We urge all governments and the international community to join us in this endeavour, so that all children and young people, no matter their circumstances, can secure their right to quality education and a better future."
October 7th The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary
Cuimhneachán ar Mhuire na Corónach
"October is the month in which Mary Most Holy, Queen of the Holy Rosary, is venerated. Within the current international context, I invite all -- individuals, families, and communities -- to pray this Marian prayer, possibly every day, for peace, so that the world can be preserved from the wicked scourge of terrorism.” Pope John Paul II
The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted to honour Mary for the Christian victory over the Turks at Lepanto on October 7, 1571. Pope St. Pius V and all Christians had prayed the Rosary for victory. The Rosary is one of the best prayers to Mary, the Mother of God.
October 10th World Mental Health Day
Lá Domhanda Tiomanta do Mheabharshláinte
Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
Fortunately, there is a growing recognition of the importance of helping young people build mental resilience, from the earliest ages, in order to cope with the challenges of today’s world. Evidence is growing that promoting and protecting adolescent health brings benefits not just to adolescents’ health, both in the short- and the long-term, but also to economies and society, with healthy young adults able to make greater contributions to the workforce, their families and communities and society as a whole.
October 15th Feast Day of St. Teresa of Avila
Féile Naomh Treasa as Avila
St Teresa’s Prayer
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses
all the world.
St. Teresa of Ávila, a sixteenth-century Spanish saint and mystic, was very aware that every Christian has a role to play in making Christ present in the world. St. Teresa (1515-1582) was born in Avila and died in Alba, Spain. When only a child of seven, she ran away from home in the hope of being martyred by the Moors; in this way, she said she could come to see God. At the age of eighteen, she joined the Carmelite Order and chose Christ as her heavenly Spouse. With the help of St. John of the Cross, she reformed most of the Carmelite convents and founded new ones. She reached the highest degree of prayer and through prayer obtained such knowledge of divine things that in 1970 Pope Paul VI named her the first woman Doctor of the Church. This was a great honour, especially for a woman of her time. She was canonized in 1622.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfIV99jZo_dV_c4nHlqTkJZBdORfud2Ju http://education.dublindiocese.ie/st-teresa-of-avila/ https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2018-10-15
October 16th UN World Food Day
Lá Domhanda na Náisiún Aontaithe atá dírithe ar Sholáthar Bia
“Our Actions Our Future.”
After a period of decline, world hunger is on the rise again. Today, over 820 million people are suffering chronic undernourishment, according to the latest FAO 2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report.
Conflict, extreme weather events linked to climate change, economic slowdown and rapidly increasing overweight and obesity levels are reversing progress made in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.
Now is the time to get back on track. The world can achieve Zero Hunger if we join forces across nations, continents, sectors and professions, and act on evidence. Share the #WFD2018 video on social media to inspire action for #ZeroHunger!
October 17th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Lá Idirnáisiúnta atá Tiomanta do Dhíothú Bochtaineachta
“Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity.”
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the General Assembly, in its resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992, of 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Call to Action by Father Joseph Wresinski — which inspired the observance of October 17 as the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty — and the recognition by the United Nations of the day as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
October 18th European Day against Human Trafficking
Lá Eorpach i gCoinne Mangaireachta Dhaonna
“Ending Trafficking Begins with Us.”
“Human trafficking is a crime against humanity. We must unite our efforts to free the victims and stop this increasingly aggressive crime which threatens not only individuals but the basic values of society and of international security and justice, to say nothing of the economy, and the fabric of the family and our coexistence.” Pope Francis
This day is an opportunity to raise awareness with senior cycle students about trafficking in human beings. Trafficking is a global problem, driven by poverty, and all forms of trafficking are a gross violation of human rights. Many countries, including Ireland, have specific laws to deal with trafficking.
APT is a faith-based group working against Trafficking in Persons (TIP). The members of APT are people belonging to religious congregations or missionary societies, which are part of Ireland’s Conference of Religious Congregations and Missionaries.
APT have a wide network of international contacts through colleagues working in countries from which trafficked people originate. As well as addressing the evil of human trafficking, they use their network to help victims and to work on prevention.
At European level, they are in close contact with members of ‘Renate’ (Religious in Europe against Trafficking and Exploitation), who work in some 20 countries of Europe. They are also linked with COATNET – the ecumenical network of Christian organisations against trafficking, and with ‘Talitha Kum’, the Rome-based group that co-ordinates the work of religious communities worldwide who are trying to do something concrete about this problem.
At national level in Ireland, they have a representative on the High Level AntiTrafficking Working Group in Ireland’s Ministry of Justice. They also work with other groups who are concerned about this issue. For further information and resources see:
October 18th Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist
Féile Naomh Lúcás, Soiscéalaí
“For with God nothing will be impossible.”
St. Luke, the inspired author of the third Gospel and of the Acts of the Apostles, was a native of Antioch in Syria and a physician, and one of the early converts from paganism. He accompanied St. Paul on a considerable part of his missionary journey. He was also his companion while in prison at Rome on two different occasions. His account of these events, contained in the Acts, is first-hand history.
Luke's Gospel is, above all, the Gospel of the Merciful Heart of Jesus. It emphasizes the fact that Christ is the salvation of all men, especially of the repentant sinner and of the lowly. Legend says that Luke painted the Blessed Virgin's portrait. It is certainly true that he painted the most beautiful word-picture of Mary ever written.
October 21st Mission Sunday
Domhnach na Misean
“Together with young people, let us bring the Gospel to all”
Observed by the Catholic Church on the penultimate Sunday of October every year, World Mission Sunday in 2018 falls on October 21st. Instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1926, the annual day encourages prayers, cooperation and help for missions as well as reminds Christians about the fundamental missionary character of the Church and of every baptized person.
The theme of this year’s observance echoes the upcoming synod of bishops, scheduled from October 3-28 in the Vatican, whose theme is “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.”
In the message for Mission Sunday, addressed to all Christians, but especially to young people, Pope Francis urges young people not to be afraid of Christ and his Church, because, he says, “it is where we find the treasure that fills life with joy.”
October 22nd St. John Paul II
Naomh Eoin Pól 11
“Let us remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm, and look forward to the future with confidence.” Pope John Paul II
St. John Paul II
Karol Jozef Wojtyla, elected Pope on 16 October 1978, was born in Wadowice, Poland, on 18 May 1920.
He was the third of three children born to Karol Wojtyla and Emilia Kaczorowska, who died in 1929. His elder brother Edmund, a physician, died in 1932, and his father, Karol, a non-commissioned officer in the army, died in 1941.
He was nine years old when he received his First Communion and eighteen when he received the Sacrament of Confirmation. After completing high school in Wadowice, he enrolled in the Jagellonian University of Krakow in 1938.
When the occupying Nazi forces closed the University in 1939, Karol worked (1940-1944) in a quarry and then in the Solvay chemical factory to earn a living and to avoid deportation to Germany.
Feeling called to the priesthood, he began his studies in 1942 in the clandestine major seminary of Krakow, directed by the Archbishop Adam Stefan Sapieha. During that time, he was one of the organizers of the "Rhapsodic Theatre", which was also clandestine.
After the war, Karol continued his studies in the major seminary, newly reopened, and in the school of theology at the Jagellonian University, until his priestly ordination in Krakow on 1 November 1946. Father Wojtyla was then sent by Cardinal Sapieha to Rome, where he attained a doctorate in theology (1948). He wrote his dissertation on faith as understood in the works of Saint John of the Cross. While a student in Rome, he spent his vacations exercising pastoral ministry among Polish emigrants in France, Belgium and Holland.
In 1948, Father Wojtyla returned to Poland and was appointed a curate in the parish church of Niegowi, near Krakow, and later at Saint Florian in the city. He was a university chaplain until 1951, when he again undertook studies in philosophy and theology. In 1953, Father Wojtyla presented a dissertation at the Jagellonian University of Krakow on the possibility of grounding a Christian ethic on the ethical system developed by Max Scheler. Later he became professor of moral theology and ethics in the major seminary of Krakow and in the theology faculty of Lublin.
On 4 July 1958, Pope Pius XII appointed Father Wojtyla auxiliary bishop of Krakow, with the titular see of Ombi. Archbishop Eugeniusz Baziak ordained him in Wawel Cathedral (Krakow) on 28 September 1958.On 13 January 1964, Pope Paul VI appointed Bishop Wojtyla as Archbishop of Krakow and subsequently, on 26 June 1967, created him a Cardinal.
Bishop Wojtyla took part in the Second Vatican Council (1962- 1965) and made a significant contribution to the drafting of the Constitution Gaudium et Spes. He also took part in the five assemblies of the Synod of Bishops prior to the start of his Pontificate. On 16 October 1978, Cardinal Wojtyla was elected Pope and on 22 October he began his ministry as universal Pastor of the Church. Pope John Paul II died in the Apostolic Palace at 9:37 p.m. on Saturday, 2 April 2005, the vigil of Sunday in albis or Divine Mercy Sunday, which he had instituted. On 8 April, his solemn funeral was celebrated in Saint Peter's Square and he was buried in the crypt of Saint Peter's Basilica.
John Paul II was beatified in Saint Peter's Square on 1 May 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI, his immediate successor and for many years his valued collaborator as Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
October 28th St. Jude & St. Simon the Zealot
Naomh Símón agus Iúd Díograiseoir
Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saints. Simon and Jude whose names occur together in the Canon of the Mass and are also celebrated on the same day. St. Jude is the author of a short Epistle, which forms part of the New Testament.
We learn from their brief legend how amply they contributed to this great work of generating sons of God. Without any repose, and even to the shedding of their blood, they "edified the body of Christ"; and the grateful Church thus prays to our Lord today: "O God, through the work of the apostles you have spoken your Word of love, your Son, into our world's deafness. Open our ears to hear; open our hearts to heed; open our will to obey, that we may proclaim the good news with our lives."
St. Jude is the Patron saint of desperate situations; forgotten causes; hospital workers; hospitals; impossible causes; lost causes.
October 29th Blessed Chiara Badano
Ciara Badano, Beannaithe
"God loves me immensely" Chiara Badano
Chiara Badano was a modern teenager: She liked to sing, dance, play tennis and skate, until cancer took her life at age 18, only two decades ago. Chiara was a member of the Focolare Movement, founded in Italy by Chiara Lubich in 1943.
Chiara is now Blessed Chiara Badano (the step before becoming a Saint). She was beatified on 25th September 2010. Her feast day is celebrated on 29th October. She is blessed because of the good life she led and because of a miracle that happened through her prayers.
Further excellent resources for September are available from Frank Brown Parish Pastoral Worker from The Combined Catholic Parishes of Clondalkin.
“In this Mission Month are having a special push this year on MAD (Make a Difference) Sunday - 28th Oct. We have resources for Parish, Groups, Youth, Family, Schools and resources for hosting a MAD Sunday Mass. We are encouraging EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE to take part, promote it and get involved #MADSunday - maybe do a social justice project in house as a lead up to it or have an exhibit of the kind of things the kids, families, parishes, etc. are/were doing and share it!”
There are also suggestions for:
- A blessing for Animals
- A few hospitality ideas and handouts
- A few resources for Halloween
You can view, download and share these fromhttps://1drv.ms/f/s!AtJiw53tHyZ_gfcrwH2FOkb1QOnWJQ
Feel free to use, lose, adapt, adopt or to share and pass on!!
Nutrition for the Soul
Excellent resources available here including reflections and posters
XV ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS (From 3rd to 28th October)
AN 15ú GNÁTH- CHRUINNIÚ GINEARÁLTA DE SHINOD NA nEASPAG
(13 – 28 Deireadh Fómhair)
On 6 October 2016, the Holy Father announced the theme of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”.
Taking care of young people is not an optional task for the Church, but an integral part of her vocation and mission in history. In just a few words, this is the specific scope of the upcoming Synod: just as our Lord Jesus Christ walked alongside the disciples of Emmaus (cf. Lk 24:13-35), the Church is also urged to accompany all young people, without exception, towards the joy of love.
With their presence and their words, young people can help rejuvenate the face of the Church. There is a thematic link between the Message to Young People of the Second Vatican Council (8 December 1965) and the Synod of Young People (3-28 October 2018), something the Holy Father highlighted when he introduced the Pre-synodal meeting: «The splendid Message to the Young of Vatican Council II comes to mind. […] It is an invitation to seek new paths and to journey along them boldly and trustfully, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus and opening up to the Holy Spirit, to rejuvenate the very countenance of the Church», as we accompany young people in their journey of vocational discernment during this “epoch change”.
School Chaplains' Association of Ireland 2018
Cumann na Séipeíneach Scoile in Éirinn 2018
Assisting Post-Primary School Chaplains in their ministry
Date: Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October
Theme: “Lighting the Way”
Cost: Conference fee - €120
Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick - (061) 456 200
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.
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Ceiliúradh an Fhómhair
Torthaí, glasraí, cruithneacht i gciseán,
dearcáin agus cnónna capaill le cur
Cinnire: Táimid bailithe le chéile anseo chun searmanas buíochais a cheiliúradh. Tá torthaí, glasraí agus cruithneacht i gciseán os ár gcomhair amach agus tá dearcáin agus cnónna capaill againn le cur.
Ithimid béilí gach lá dár saol agus téimid chuig na siopaí chun bia a cheannach, ach is fíor-annamh a chuirimid an cheist: “Cad as a dtáinig na rudaí maithe seo?”
Beidh deis againn anois machnamh a dhéanamh ar an gceist seo agus buíochas a ghábháil le Dia, údar gach maitheasa.
Guth1: Chuir ár sinir, na Ceiltigh, an cheist seo orthu féin agus is é an freagra a fuair siad ná “ón ngrian.” Gan an ghrian ní fhásfadh aon rud, ní bheadh aon bhia acu agus gheobhaidís bás.
Guth 2: Tháinig Naomh Pádraig agus mhúin sé go raibh Neach níos airde fós – Dia a chruthaigh an ghrian.
Cinnire: Lasfaimid coinneal anois in onóir Dé a thug solas na gréine dúinn agus cuirfimid na dearcáin agus na cnónna capaill sa chré.
Lastar coinneal agus cuirtear na dearcáin agus na cnónna capaill sa chré.
Guth 3: Teas na gréine agus báisteach ón spéir a chuireann plandaí ag fás agus is é Dia a chruthaíonn iad araon.
An Áit Álainn Seo
An ghrian ag scalladh anuas
tugann beocht don síol beag sa chré,
is fásann na plandaí go léir.
Cuireann siad gach rud ar fáil,
bia le hithe agus aer folláin.
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