Catholic Schools Week is an all-Ireland annual event, which invites Catholic schools to give expression in a special way to the ethos of Catholic education. It is a celebration of Catholic schools throughout Ireland, North and South, which acknowledges the tremendous contribution that our Catholic primary and post-primary schools make – not just to Irish society – but also to the mission of the Church.
Catholic Schools Week 2017 will take place from Sunday 29th January to Saturday 4th February 2017. This year’s theme, ‘Catholic schools: Learning with Pope Francis to care for our common home’ has been informed by Laudato Si’, the 2015 encyclical by Pope Francis on care for our common home.
As our school is a Catholic school set in the Jesuit tradition, the core of our Ethos is having a Faith that does Justice and educating Men for Others so the Catholic Schools Week theme for this year is very close to our hearts. We look forward to celebrating our Catholic identity this week, during which the Religion Department in association with the Ethos Department will look at what makes our school a Jesuit and Catholic school.
The themes for the individual days are very much calling us to action:
Pope Francis’ letter may be ‘viewed’ on this rather attractive YouTube clip.
As we close the door on the Year of Mercy, we are now being called into action to care for our world and to care for each other. Let us keep this in mind and let us be moved to ‘action’ this week especially but more importantly for the weeks and months ahead.
Enjoy the Catholic Schools Week celebrations (see the Chaplaincy and Ethos notice boards for a list of scheduled activities).
With every blessing,
Ms Anne-Marie Dolan