Jan 22, 2015

Catholic Schools Week


The full text of Bishop Brendans talk is available HERE

Press Release from Limerick Diocese for Catholic schools week is HERE


A video of Bishop Brendan speaking about Catholic Schools Week is HERE

A video about the Limerick Launch of Catholic Schools Week is HERE


Catholics Schools Week offers us each year an opportunity to acknowledge, celebrate and become more aware of the unique contribution of Catholic schools.  Our Catholic Schools in Limerick (108 primary schools and 27 second level schools) are part of a network of 210.000 catholic schools worldwide serving young people in a vast variety of contexts in our world.

The theme suggested this year is “Called to Serve” and prompts us to reflect on the service that Catholics schools give to children, parents, families and communities as well as the wider world.



For us in Limerick there is a specific and important context for our celebration this year of Catholic Schools Week. We are preparing for a Diocesan Synod, the first since the 1930s. This year ahead of us is an important occasion to journey together in reflection and sharing on the vast range of elements that make up the life of our diocese. Clearly, we need to include in our consultation the significance of the many catholic schools that we have in the Diocese.


Prayer for Teachers

If I could explain everything perfectly to my students, but did not love each one of them, I might as well be talking to an empty room.

If I could find all the answers to educational problems and did not love, my efforts would be futile.

If I could buy every kind of educational aid and sacrificed to do so, but did not have love for my students, it would be a complete waste.

Love is patient when it is necessary to repeat a concept over and over to a student who is having difficulty.

Love is kind when an irate parent accuses and berates other teachers or me.

Love is not jealous when the other teacher has an entire class of well-behaved and extremely intelligent students, while mine seem not so great.

Love is not proud or boastful when my students improve greatly and really want to come to my class.

Love is willing to yield my schedule and plans to fit in with the needs of others.

Love does not scream at my class when they misbehave, but seeks to help them understand the importance of self-discipline.

Love does not broadcast all of my students’ problems and misdeeds to those in the staffroom.

Love keeps trying, even when it seems a student will never understand the difference between an adverb and an adjective.

Teaching methods, bulletin boards, textbooks, yes, even computers, will eventually be discarded, but love is everlasting.

These three things I have learned through teaching: endurance, patience and love. And the greatest of these is love.