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Post Primary Weekly Connect

Weekly Connect From: Dermot Cowhey dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.org

14th April, 2021:

Dear Chaplains/RE Teachers,

 

May I take this opportunity to welcome the full opening of schools and wish you well in your work for this term. No doubt it will be challenging but also rewarding. Easter brings with it hope and may that hope carry us all forward.

 

A reminder that our monthly chaplains’ meeting will take place this Thursday, 15th April at 2.30. Details to follow.

Sixth Year Graduation Meeting: A reminder also for the meeting for chaplains and teachers regarding ideas and material for graduation delivered by ERST and the Institute for Pastoral Studies (MIC). The meeting will take place on Tuesday 13th April from 7.00 to 8.30. It will be an opportunity to see what schools are doing, share ideas and seek clarification.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88382876593?pwd=MGVzUXRoT2dPbFc2azQ0a1RteXljQT09

Meeting ID: 883 8287 6593

Passcode: u0dEdF

 

As it is anticipated that this session will be heavily subscribed, I would ask that only one representative from each school attend. 

 

The Pope's Monthly Intentions for April, 2021:

 

Fundamental Rights


We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

 

Thought for the Day: We publish a ‘thought for the day’ every morning at 7am on the Diocesan Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflimerick

 

‘We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.’ (Abraham Lincoln)

The RTAI (The Religion Teachers’ Association of Ireland), in collaboration with the Irish Centre for Religious Education and the School of Theology, Philosophy and Music, DCU, is offering a series of evening seminars for teachers in preparation for the Leaving Certificate RE Coursework titles for 2022. For teachers who currently do not have LCRE students, the seminars could also contribute to CPD.

These seminars will give teachers the opportunity to explore in depth the four prescribed titles for Leaving Certificate Religious Education Coursework. The titles for 2022 are taken from Section E: Religion and Gender and Section I: The Bible: Literature and Sacred Text.

Each seminar will have 40-minute input followed by a conversation between the presenter and participants in which ideas for projects will be shared. The inputs will be recorded and shared with participants afterwards for use with students. The conversation will not be recorded. please register in advance with RTAI at canavanmt@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link

 

14th April: Section E: Religion and Gender – Dr. Sandra Cullen

E. 1 Research the influence that the humanity of Mary, the mother of Jesus as portrayed in the Gospels, has on two religious practices which are popular within a Christian denomination today.

21st April: Section E: Religion and Gender – Dr. Sandra Cullen

E.2. ● BIOLOGY ● PHILOSOPHY ● PSYCHOLOGY ● SOCIOLOGY

Profile how insights from two of the above, on the understanding of gender, influence

the changing roles of men and women in society.

28th April: Section I: The Bible: Literature and Sacred Text – Dr. Amanda Dillon

H. 2 List A

List B

Hannah’s Song of Thanks (1 Sam 2:1‐10)

The Prologue (Jn 1:1‐18)

Israel Restored (Is 52:13‐53:12)

The Sermon on the Plain (Lk 6:20‐49)

The Ten Commandments (Ex 20:1‐21)

The Transfiguration (Mk 9:2‐13)

 

Liturgical calendar

 

21st April - Saint Anselm of Canterbury, bishop and doctor of the Church

25th April - Saint Mark the Evangelist

26th April - Our Lady of Good Counsel; Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

29th April - Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church


Attachments

 

  1. A pdf meditation on the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Easter is attached.
  2. May your return to school be as graceful as the avian majesty attached!

(Thanks to Fr. Gerard Condon, D.A., Cloyne, for his generosity in sharing both of these.)

  1. Attachment containing the usual links and resources. If you can add to this list, please forward all information to me.

 

If you are accessing this from the diocese website and would like to have these resources, please email dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.org

 

To conclude … A Student’s Prayer

 

O God, it is good to be alive and here –

Though it’s hard to do all the things I want to do.

You have made the world so rich, so great, so crammed full of possibilities.

You have made it so beautiful.

I thank you for all who have given me this chance to learn,

And to get ready for life – my family, teachers and friends.

 

Widen my horizons, widen my sympathies and when I am finished here, let me give myself to serve you and others, in this wonderful world. Amen

 

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Post Primary Weekly Connect

Weekly Connect From: Dermot Cowhey dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.org

19th April, 2021:

Dear Chaplains/RE Teachers,

 

The month of April is dedicated to The Holy Spirit. The term "Spirit" translates the Hebrew word ruah, which in its primary sense, means breath, air, wind.

After our solemn commemoration of the last days and death of Our Lord we will spend the month of April celebrating. As Spring breaks forth even nature will join us as buds and blooms begin to surface and we spend this month basking in the joy of the Resurrection. We continue throughout the entire month our cry, "Christ is risen, Christ is truly risen."

 

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

 

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.

Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.

Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.

Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.

Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.

Amen. (St. Augustine)

 

The Pope's Monthly Intentions for April, 2021:

 

Fundamental Rights


We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

 

Thought for the Day: We publish a ‘thought for the day’ every morning at 7am on the Diocesan Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflimerick

 

‘If all you did was just look for things to appreciate you would live a joyous, spectacular life.’ (Abraham Hicks)

The RTAI (The Religion Teachers’ Association of Ireland), will host a Zoom workshop with Becca Gallagher from Young SVP on Monday 26th April from 7-8pm. She will outline how the Young SVP programme can be run as a module or longer project to support the social justice work explored in schools.

It is ideal for TY or LC non exam RE. If you would like to attend please email valroe@hotmail.com to reserve a place.

The RTAI, in collaboration with the Irish Centre for Religious Education and the School of Theology, Philosophy and Music, DCU, continues its series of evening seminars for teachers in preparation for the Leaving Certificate RE Coursework titles for 2022. For teachers who currently do not have LCRE students, the seminars could also contribute to CPD.

These seminars will give teachers the opportunity to explore in depth the four prescribed titles for Leaving Certificate Religious Education Coursework. The titles for 2022 are taken from Section E: Religion and Gender and Section I: The Bible: Literature and Sacred Text.

Each seminar will have 40-minute input followed by a conversation between the presenter and participants in which ideas for projects will be shared. The inputs will be recorded and shared with participants afterwards for use with students. The conversation will not be recorded. please register in advance with RTAI at canavanmt@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link

 

21st April: Section E: Religion and Gender – Dr. Sandra Cullen

E.2. ● BIOLOGY ● PHILOSOPHY ● PSYCHOLOGY ● SOCIOLOGY

Profile how insights from two of the above, on the understanding of gender, influence

the changing roles of men and women in society.

28th April: Section I: The Bible: Literature and Sacred Text – Dr. Amanda Dillon

H. 2 List A

List B

Hannah’s Song of Thanks (1 Sam 2:1‐10)

The Prologue (Jn 1:1‐18)

Israel Restored (Is 52:13‐53:12)

The Sermon on the Plain (Lk 6:20‐49)

The Ten Commandments (Ex 20:1‐21)

The Transfiguration (Mk 9:2‐13)

 

Message from the Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) Support Service … The NCCA have published some samples of CBA1 on www.curriculumonline.ie. The direct link to the RE CBA1 samples is here: https://www.curriculumonline.ie/Junior-cycle/Junior-Cycle-Subjects/Religious-Education/Examples-of-Student-Work/Examples-of-Classroom-Based-Assessment/
 
We are hosting a webinar called 'REsearch, REport, REflect: what can we learn from the CBA process? next Wednesday 21st April at 7pm.
 
During this live webinar event we will view and discuss these new CBA samples and we will hear from teachers who have completed CBA1 as they share what insights have been gained for next year (CBA2 and when we do CBA1 again). We will also answer your questions.  Please register below to join us live on the night. This is a live event and will not be recorded.
 
https://jct-ie.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkce6qqjgjE9MxwiScISAx2fmFapwrowXH
 

Projects at Eire Dialogue. Religion Teachers might be interested in IftarMe. IftarMe is a community–led project aiming to promote social cohesion amongst our diverse communities in Ireland. Inspired by the word “iftar”- a fast–breaking meal, IftarMe involves families preparing delicious meals for their guests at iftar, with whom they will then share the fast-breaking experience. They have asked if we could retweet/repost information on your page(s) to raise awareness among the teachers and help us strengthen ties between different communities in Ireland. Please see the links below: 

https://twitter.com/EireDialogue/status/1377561671632363527 

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3368084086625154&id=693540424079547&tn__=%2As%2As-R

https://m.instagram.com/p/CNNRqMynXq_/ 

Liturgical calendar

 

21st April - Saint Anselm of Canterbury, bishop and doctor of the Church

22nd April – World Earth Day

25th April - Saint Mark the Evangelist; Good Shepherd Sunday

26th April - Our Lady of Good Counsel; Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

29th April - Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church


Attachments

 

  1. Attachment containing the usual links and resources. If you can add to this list, please forward all information to me.

 

If you are accessing this from the diocese website and would like to have these resources, please email dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.org

 

To conclude

                                                                                                                                               

As 22nd April is World Earth Day, we reflect …

 

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.

    It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;

    It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil

Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?

Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;

    And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;

    And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil

Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

 

And for all this, nature is never spent;

    There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;

And though the last lights off the black West went

    Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —

Because the Holy Ghost over the bent

    World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

(GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS

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Post Primary Weekly Connect

Weekly Connect From: Dermot Cowhey dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.org

27th April, 2021:

Dear Chaplains/RE Teachers,

 

As we end the month of April and look to the beginning of summer with the month of Mary, we pray that this will see an organised end to this academic year.

 

The Pope's Monthly Intentions for April, 2021:

 

Fundamental Rights


We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

 

Thought for the Day: We publish a ‘thought for the day’ every morning at 7am on the Diocesan Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflimerick

 

‘Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.’ (Brené  Brown)

 

Graduation 2021 Workshop - Ideas and Sharing of Resources: The RTAI (The Religion Teachers’ Association of Ireland) will hold a Workshop on Graduation Ideas on Thursday 29th April. The focus of this workshop is to discuss ideas and approaches for Graduation 2021. This workshop will allow for collaboration and an exchange of ideas as we approach the end of the academic year. The Zoom workshop will take place on Thursday 29th April from 7-8pm. Email valroe@hotmail.com to register.

The RTAI, in collaboration with the Irish Centre for Religious Education and the School of Theology, Philosophy and Music, DCU, concludes its series of evening seminars for teachers in preparation for the Leaving Certificate RE Coursework titles for 2022. For teachers who currently do not have LCRE students, the seminars could also contribute to CPD.

The final title for 2022 is taken from Section E: Religion and Gender and Section I: The Bible: Literature and Sacred Text.

Please register in advance with RTAI at canavanmt@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.

 

28th April: Section I: The Bible: Literature and Sacred Text – Dr. Amanda Dillon

H. 2 List A

List B

Hannah’s Song of Thanks (1 Sam 2:1‐10)

The Prologue (Jn 1:1‐18)

Israel Restored (Is 52:13‐53:12)

The Sermon on the Plain (Lk 6:20‐49)

The Ten Commandments (Ex 20:1‐21)

The Transfiguration (Mk 9:2‐13)

 

School Chaplains' Association – Pray, Reflect, Share: 'Give us this day our daily bread' is an opportunity to gather as a group on the morning of May 9th at 10.30am for about 45 mins to pray, reflect and share. We will focus on the topic of 'caring for ourselves and our faith' in the role of school chaplaincy.

If you would like to join other SCA members for this short gathering, a link will be sent for a Zoom call to you by email on Saturday 8th and you will be given access to the meeting. Only members who request the link will receive the email. Contact: contact@schoolchaplaincy.ie

 

Liturgical calendar

 

21st April - Saint Anselm of Canterbury, bishop and doctor of the Church

22nd April – World Earth Day

25th April - Saint Mark the Evangelist; Good Shepherd Sunday

26th April - Our Lady of Good Counsel; Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

29th April - Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church (https://www.franciscanmedia.org/franciscan-spirit-blog/sisterhood-of-saints-catherine-of-siena)

1st May St. Joseph the Worker, Beginning of the Month of Mary

 

Attachments

 

  1. Attached is the Slí Chun Dé book launch invite from Lily Barry.   You are welcome to forward it to whomever may be interested. A hard copy of the book is available once people cover postage – that money will be donated to Mary’s Meals!

 

  1. Above invite as gaeilge

 

  1. Attachment containing the usual links and resources. If you can add to this list, please forward all information to me.

 

If you are accessing this from the diocese website and would like to have these resources, please email dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.org

 

To conclude:

 

As 26th April, Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day, we reflect on last week’s poem where Hopkins wrote ‘… And for all this, nature is never spent; …. Because the Holy Ghost over the bent/World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings’. See how nature is fighting back!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUuCydE3nZw

 

 

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Post Primary Weekly Connect

Weekly Connect From: Dermot Cowhey dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.org

17th May, 2021:

Dear Chaplains/RE Teachers,

 

The Pope's Monthly Intentions for May, 2021: The World of Finance

 
Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.

 

Thought for the Day: We publish a ‘thought for the day’ every morning at 7am on the Diocesan Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflimerick

 

Free the soul.

Open the heart.

Release the body.

Give the gift.

Invoke the grace.

Validate the good.

Embrace the peace. (Mary Davis)

 

Limerick Diocese Facebook Pentecost Mission: 19th – 22nd May @ 8.00

 

Wednesday 19th Coping with Loss - Olive Foley

Thursday 20th Journeying with Young People in a Changing World – Aoife Walsh

Friday 21st Becoming a Greener Household - Jane Mellett

Saturday 22nd Pentecost Prayer Vigil – Bishop Brendan Leahy

 

https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflimerick

https://www.instagram.com/accounts/login/

https://www.limerickdiocese.org/

 

Bishop Brendan In Conversation with Fr Seamus Enright CSsR: In this conversation, Fr Seamus speaks about his call to the priesthood, life as a priest, experiences during the pandemic and lockdown and, prospects after lockdown. https://www.limerickdiocese.org/

 

 

 

Look Up: Programme for Transition Year: Veritas is delighted to introduce this exciting new Religious Education programme for Transition Year students.

Key features of Look Up!

·         The key content for students is presented on PowerPoint slides, to be shown on the class whiteboard.

·         The information on the slides is supplemented by artwork that spans a variety of media and traditions.

·         The accompanying Teacher Notes, which may be viewed in the ‘Presenter Notes’ viewing panel on the teacher’s own screen, include commentary and discussion questions on each slide, as well as additional activities and exercises to supplement and support the information on the slides. These notes also contain resources for the guided prayer reflections that are offered at the close of each lesson.

·         Videos, music and interactive content can be accessed directly from the slides.

·         The content covered is inclusive of all the major world religions.

·         The teacher resources are provided on a USB stick.

·         The accompanying student journal is designed to accommodate students’ personal reflections on content studied. It also contains worksheets and a Glossary of key terms.

 

For more information on Look Up!, contact us on (01) 8788177 or email caroline.teehan@veritas.ie

 

Theology and World Religions: You are warmly invited to attend a free public webinar informational session on the MA programme in Theology and World Religions offered by Dublin City University (DCU) with Dr. Joseph Rivera, chair of the programme. This event will take place on Thursday 20th May at 5.00 pm -  Zoom, online. Just click the link here: https://dcu-ie.zoom.us/s/93145731380

Liturgical Calendar

16th May – Ascension of the Lord, St. Brendan, Feast (Kerry & Clonfert)

22nd May - St. Rita

23rd Pentecost Sunday

24th May – Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

27th May- St. Augustine of Canterbury

30th May – Trinity Sunday

31st May – Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

Attachments –

 

  1. Laudato Si in action.
  2. Short video on the Holy Spirit, both courtesy of Mary O’Boyle, Derry Diocese.
  3. Materials on Buddhism, courtesy of a student at MIC Thurles.
  4. Parable of the tenth Apple Wisdom Shots at www.sreejithkrishnan.com (five minute video on gratitude
  5. Attachment containing the usual links and resources. If you can add to this list, please forward all information to me.

 

If you are accessing this from the diocese website and would like to have these resources, please email dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.org

 

To conclude, we reflect on Pentecost: Pentecost / Domhnach Cincíse

 

 

The word Pentecost is Greek and it means "50th day." Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their Earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations. The Resurrection of Jesus reaches its powerful climax with an out pouring of life, light and energy for his followers. After Jesus’ crucifixion this small group of men and women were hiding. They were afraid and had lost all heart and hope. But through the gift of the Holy Spirit they are filled with courage, enthusiasm and determination. Given new life and hope, they went out into the streets and market places and loudly without fear, proclaimed the good news of the Resurrection; the missionary church is born as they were charged with the splendour of God.

 

 

Lord, we thank you for this Easter season which we have now completed.
We thank you for the times when we have to stand hopefully
before an empty tomb,
times when we see you and live with you
and then have you vanish from our sight
and have to wait for you in Jerusalem for what seems an interminable time,
until eventually your promised Spirit comes on us and we can live again.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Post Primary Weekly Connect 10.5.21

Weekly Connect From: Dermot Cowhey dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.org

10th May, 2021:

Dear Chaplains/RE Teachers,

 

Bishop Brendan has composed a message for the class of 2021 graduates. As students move out, he reminds them that they move out into the world in a moment of hope. They are also urged to adopt the motto ‘Dare to Care’, be people who care to make a difference in this world and people who advocate care. Graduates are reminded that life will have its set-backs and their will be failure but these times are also opportunities to refocus our ideas.

 

The video is about five minutes and is available to schools to include in their on-line graduations if they so wish. For the link to this please contact

dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.org

 

The Pope's Monthly Intentions for May, 2021: The World of Finance

 
Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.

 

Thought for the Day: We publish a ‘thought for the day’ every morning at 7am on the Diocesan Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflimerick

 

‘The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.’ (Alexander K. Trenfor)

 

 

First Year RE Programme: Please see Attachment 1: a power-point outlining a sample programme for first years. Many thanks to Grainne Delaney and the team in Crescent College Comprehensive S.J. for sharing this. Obviously it is geared for this particular school but can be amended to suit all.

 

Look Up: Programme for Transition Year: Veritas is delighted to introduce this exciting new Religious Education programme for Transition Year students.

Key features of Look Up!

·         The key content for students is presented on PowerPoint slides, to be shown on the class whiteboard.

·         The information on the slides is supplemented by artwork that spans a variety of media and traditions.

·         The accompanying Teacher Notes, which may be viewed in the ‘Presenter Notes’ viewing panel on the teacher’s own screen, include commentary and discussion questions on each slide, as well as additional activities and exercises to supplement and support the information on the slides. These notes also contain resources for the guided prayer reflections that are offered at the close of each lesson.

·         Videos, music and interactive content can be accessed directly from the slides.

·         The content covered is inclusive of all the major world religions.

·         The teacher resources are provided on a USB stick.

·         The accompanying student journal is designed to accommodate students’ personal reflections on content studied. It also contains worksheets and a Glossary of key terms.

 

For more information on Look Up!, contact us on (01) 8788177 or email caroline.teehan@veritas.ie

 

The Role of Women in Church Leadership – Tonight!: From Rose O’Connor of the Diocesan Pastoral Outreach Team: During the Synod, a proposal was put forward under the theme of New Models of Leadership to establish a working group to explore the role of women in Church leadership.  This group was established and has produced a report which was recently presented to the Bishop’s Conference, where it was well received. 

 

A webinar will be held on Monday 10th May at 7:30 pm where Bishop Brendan will launch the report and I will present an overview of the findings and the recommendations.   We are delighted to be joined by Sr Patricia Murray, Executive Secretary of the International Union of Superiors General and Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture, Austen Ivereigh, Writer, Journalist, Biographer of Pope Francis, Co-author with Pope Francis of 'Let us Dream' and Jessie Rogers, Dean of Theology, Lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth for this event.  It will be an interesting discussion on a very important topic.

 

You can register at this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Women_Church_Leadership

 

Further information on the webinar and a copy of the working group report can be downloaded from our website on this link:

https://www.limerickdiocese.org/what-we-offer/new-models-of-leadership/women-in-leadership/exploring-the-role-of-women-in-church-leadership/

 

I would be grateful if you could share details of this event with your contacts.  I am also attaching a poster for the webinar. I hope you can join us tonight. See Attachment 2.

 

Catholic Youth Ministry of Ireland (CYMI): As the Irish Bishops begin their journey towards a Synodal Pathway, Catholic Youth Ministry Ireland (CYMI) are hosting a series of Zoom Webinars on the theme of Synod and Youth Ministry with speakers from around the world.

 

The third webinar takes place this Wednesday 12th May at the earlier time of 10.00 am and will be addressed by Malcolm Hart, the Director of the National Centre for Evangelisation in Australia who will speak about the Australian experience.

Register here - https://www.cymireland.org/member-events/srnathaliebecquart

 

Please feel free to forward this information to others in your organisation who may also be interested in attending. 

 

The past week in the ministry of Pope Francis.  A five minute summary.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28fd9VLWJXA

 

Faith Leadership and Formation Officer: Position Advertised - Reporting to CEO, Mount Anville Sacred Heart Education Trust. The main purpose of the role: Responsible for the development of a Faith Formation Programme with the schools’ community that is consistent with the educational mission and values of the Society of the Sacred Heart and Catholic education. See Attachment 3.

 
Monitoring Student Well-Being and Bullying: Tara Gibney is working with the Ireland Funds on a system that will help schools to better monitor student well-being and bullying. She would really love to get the advice of some school chaplains so that she can refine my system to better fit the needs of Irish secondary schools. Your help would be greatly appreciated! If interested, please send her an email at t.gibney1@nuigalway.ie or feel free to book a 15-minute Zoom call using this calendar: https://calendly.com/school-wellbeing-research/15-mins

Theology and World Religions: You are warmly invited to attend a free public webinar informational session on the MA programme in Theology and World Religions offered by Dublin City University (DCU) with Dr. Joseph Rivera, chair of the programme. This event will take place on Thursday 20th may at 5.00 pm -  Zoom, online. Just click the link here: https://dcu-ie.zoom.us/s/93145731380

Liturgical Calendar

1st May - Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, International Workers’ Day

12th May – International Nurses Day

13th May - Our Lady of Fatima

16th May – Ascension of the Lord, St. Brendan, Feast (Kerry & Clonfert)

22nd May - St. Rita

24th May – Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

27th May- St. Augustine of Canterbury

30th May – Trinity Sunday

31st May – Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

Attachments –

 

  1. First Year RE Programme Power-Point
  2. Women in Church Leadership Webinar
  3. Faith Leadership and Formation Officer – Advertisement
  4. VIDEO
  5. Attachment containing the usual links and resources. If you can add to this list, please forward all information to me.

 

If you are accessing this from the diocese website and would like to have these resources, please email dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.org

 

To conclude: A graduation reflection …

As many schools prepare for graduation this week, we reflect

 

The familiar symbol of the sacred heart is of a flame that enkindles other flames, that spark has continued down the years. It was here over the years ago and it is here today.

 

Will you carry it forward? The world is waiting for this spark, this flame this good news. It is your decision. It has been carried forward by people like you until now. Will you bring it to the next generation? Will you live it in your life?

 

This spark stands for faith over cynicism

For forgiveness over enmity,

For justice over injustice

For reconciliation and healing.

 

It finds its origins in Jesus Christ, the risen Jesus whose power is to work in our world and in each of us and who today invites you to listen to Him and to let our lives be changed by Him, who invited us to a personal relationship with Him and to a deeper faith, hope and love.

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Connect From: Dermot Cowhey dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.org

24th May, 2021:

Dear Chaplains/RE Teachers,

 

Please see attached Pentecost Pastoral Letter from Bishop Brendan Leahy – Attachment 1

 

The Pope's Monthly Intentions for May, 2021: The World of Finance

 
Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.

 

Thought for the Day: We publish a ‘thought for the day’ every morning at 7am on the Diocesan Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflimerick

 

‘Let your dreams be your wings.’

 

  1. ‘Let us Dream’ Reflection Week 14th to 18th of June

 

There will be a week in June dedicated to the book “Let Us Dream” which is a wonderful collaboration between Pope Francis and Austen Ivereigh.

During the week of Monday 14th June to Friday 18th June, Jessie Rogers and Éamonn Fitzgibbon will lead a reflective reading of the book over four parts and then on Friday evening Austen Ivereigh himself will join the group for further exploration of the text. Alongside the evening gatherings (7.30p.m. to 9.00p.m.) there will have a brief Morning Prayer and Orientation to outline the particular reading for that day alongside the relevant reflection questions (8.30a.m. to 8.45a.m.).

 

The poster is attached with further details and the link for booking (which is essential – numbers will be limited). See Attachment 2.

 

Please note:

  • The registration link is:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LetUsDream
  • Participants will require a copy of the book (as e-book or hard-copy)  'Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future’ (Simon and Schuster 2020)
  • We are using an adaptation of a wonderful resource prepared by the Spirituality Committee of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales

 

I hope you will be able to take advantage of these opportunities and resources.

Please feel free to share these invitations with any groups or individuals in your parish/community that might be interested.

 

NUA Origins Pilot Package

All 8 episodes are now ready. Some of these final videos are still a little rough around the edges but new versions will be updated over the next while. The links will remain the same.

 

NUA Origins Pilot Package:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jt107vbIk_doeYqedJUHr4BkL3RoAoLQ?usp=sharing

 

Bishop Brendan In Conversation with Fr Seamus Enright CSsR: In this conversation, Fr Seamus speaks about his call to the priesthood, life as a priest, experiences during the pandemic and lockdown and, prospects after lockdown. https://www.limerickdiocese.org/

 

Look Up: Programme for Transition Year: Veritas is delighted to introduce this exciting new Religious Education programme for Transition Year students.

Key features of Look Up!

·         The key content for students is presented on PowerPoint slides, to be shown on the class whiteboard.

·         The information on the slides is supplemented by artwork that spans a variety of media and traditions.

·         The accompanying Teacher Notes, which may be viewed in the ‘Presenter Notes’ viewing panel on the teacher’s own screen, include commentary and discussion questions on each slide, as well as additional activities and exercises to supplement and support the information on the slides. These notes also contain resources for the guided prayer reflections that are offered at the close of each lesson.

·         Videos, music and interactive content can be accessed directly from the slides.

·         The content covered is inclusive of all the major world religions.

·         The teacher resources are provided on a USB stick.

·         The accompanying student journal is designed to accommodate students’ personal reflections on content studied. It also contains worksheets and a Glossary of key terms.

 

For more information on Look Up!, contact us on (01) 8788177 or email caroline.teehan@veritas.ie

Liturgical Calendar

24th May – Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

27th May- St. Augustine of Canterbury

30th May – Trinity Sunday

31st May – Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

Attachments –

 

  1. Pastoral Letter from Bishop Brendan Leahy.
  2. Poster for ‘Let us Dream’ Reflection Week 14th to 18th of June.
  3. Exam Prayers
  4. Attachment containing the usual links and resources. If you can add to this list, please forward all information to me.

 

If you are accessing this from the diocese website and would like to have these resources, please email dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.org

 

To conclude …

 

As this is the final Weekly Connect for the current academic year may I thank all those who generously shared many resources in the pursuit of a common mission. In this very challenging year, I would like to thank you all for unprecedented dedication in the service of the pupils in our care. Rest well and, please God, we will come back refreshed to continue the wonderful work we have been blessed with. In the words of John O’Donoghue ‘may you come home to yourself’ in the coming months.

 

On a personal level, thank you for your support. The sense of collegiality has been  singular and is deeply appreciated.

 

 

 

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