Catholic Schools Week
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 2016 will take place from Sunday 31st January to Saturday 6th February 2016 on the theme ‘Catholic Schools: Challenged to Proclaim God’s Mercy’. It is hoped that this theme will help to contextualise the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis from 8th December 2015 to 20th November 2016.
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:
- LifeWorks presentation to Syntax and Poetry years on ‘The Sacredness of Life’.
- Junior Years Walking Tour: What makes Clongowes a Catholic, Jesuit school?
- Senior Years: Venerable John Sullivan SJ and his link with Clongowes.
- Mr. Niall Leahy SJ will talk to Higher Line on ‘Being a Catholic after Clongowes’.
- Clongowes will host our other Jesuit schools for the second annual ‘Ignatian Formation Group’ meeting on Thursday 4th & 5th February. At this meeting we will look at how the Jesuit/Ignatian ethos is being played out in all our schools and share ideas.
- Five students from Poetry will receive their Gold award for the John Paul II Awards at a ceremony in Carlow on Friday evening the 5th February: David Tunney, Sean Ojejinmi, Cian Horneck Johnston, Ceallachan McDonald and Michael O’Brien.
- Fr. Paul Thornton (Chaplain to the Archdiocese of Dublin, Lourdes Pilgrimage) will address Poetry.
- Monthly ‘Night of Peace’ on Wednesday, 3rd February: 21.15 for Juniors and 22.15 for Seniors in the People’s Church
Ms Anne-Marie Dolan, Pastoral Coordinator