Weekly Connect From: Dermot Cowhey firstname.lastname@example.org
8th November, 2021:
Dear Chaplains/RE Teachers,
There is quite an amount of material available but, rather than send out so much to everyone, please let me know if you would like the information.
Email to email@example.com
The Pope's Monthly Intentions for November, 2021:
For people who suffer from depression
We pray that people who suffer from depression and burnout will find support and a light that opens them up to life.
Thought for the Day: We publish a ‘thought for the day’ every morning at 7am on the Diocesan Facebook page.
‘Don’t tell someone get over it. Help them get through it.’
14th November: St Laurence O’Toole, Bishop
15th November: World Day of the Poor
20th November: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
20th November: Universal Children’s Day
21st November: Presentation of Mary
21st November: World Traffic Victims’ Day
28th November: First Sunday of Advent
29th November: First week of Advent
For more information on special days please see Attachment 2.
Catholic Schools and the Month of November
The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2022
‘Living Life to the Full’. Catholic Schools Week runs from 23rd to 30th January, 2022. The annual diocesan in-service will take place on Thursday 27th January, 2022.
The only resource I am offering this week is Credible Catholic. Credible Catholic is a Religious Education programme made available for senior cycle non–exam RE by the Council for Catechetics of the Irish Episcopal Conference.
It is designed for use in Catholic Voluntary Secondary schools in Ireland. An earlier version was written and produced by Fr Robert Spitzer SJ and the Magis Centre (California, USA) in 2018 and has been almost entirely re-developed for the Irish context, in line with feedback from RE teachers and theological advisors in Ireland.
The Council for Catechetics and the Catholic Education Partnership acknowledges the generosity of Fr Spitzer and the Magis Centre in their work with RE teachers, Catechetics Council members, Schools’ Trusts and others in the work of re-developing this programme for Ireland, in particular Ms. Kate Liffey and Dr. Tom Finnegan.
Credible Catholic aims to stimulate dialogue, encourage reflection and critical reasoning, foster religious literacy, build community, and nurture faith, and in doing all of these things, to promote student well being. It is an optional resource which will be very helpful to teachers of Religious Education. Material can be accessed through the link below and via a link on the JMB website.
We are very grateful to the staff of JMB and to Brenda Drumm, Communications Officer
Catholic Communications Office for her help and support. In-service for chaplains and RE teachers can be arranged if need be.
- Attachment containing the usual links and resources. If you can add to this list, please forward all information to me.
- Attachment containing links and resources in relation to the Liturgical calendar.
If you are accessing this from the diocese website and would like to have these resources, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To conclude …
As we continue the month of November and remember our dearly departed, we take hope from the following …
Do not stand
By my grave, and weep.
I am not there,
I do not sleep—
I am the thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints in snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle, autumn rain.
As you awake with morning’s hush,
I am the swift, up-flinging rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight,
I am the day transcending night.
Do not stand
By my grave, and cry—
I am not there,
I did not die. (Clare Harner)