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January 2015

January Calendar & Resources

Click on the links below to view the Post-Primary R.E. resources kindly shared by Anna Maloney, Archdiocese of Dublin for the month of January.

Nourishing the Catechist

I hope the new term is progressing well. There are a number of events coming up that may offer us all some "Chicken Soup for the Soul":

Meet and Pray - Wednesday Jan 21 @ 7pm, St. Paul's Church, Arran Quay

Click here to read full details of this invitation open to anyone reaching out to young people with the message of the Gospel; I hope you can join us, as you would be most welcome.

Q Commons Dublin - Friday Feb 27 @ 7pm, Christ Church Cathedral

Click the following link to view a YouTube clip entitled Introducing Q Commons; further details to follow. Save the date, as it promises to be an event not to be missed!

R.E. Congress 2015

Further ahead in the year, the R.E. Congress 2015 has been provisionally scheduled to take place on Sat October 17 in the Mater Dei Institute of Education. Details will follow in due course.

The Courage to be a Catholic Teacher

I stumbled across this article by Jonathan Doyle earlier this week. I hope it inspires you too:
"The Catholic Teacher and the Need for Courage": Part 1 and Part 2

Nourishing our Young People

FaithFest and more!

The January Resources on the website have been updated to include resources for the World Day of Migrants & Refugees on Jan 18 alongside new items for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 and an Irish translation: Seactainna Scoileanna Caitliceacha 2015 of the Make the Mass Yours Resource.

FaithArts - A Prayer Under Pressure

Many thanks to Brendan O'Regan, creator of the fantastic FaithArts website,who shared this beautiful prayer at an event earlier this week: A Prayer Under Pressure.

Prayer Spaces in Schools

In the link above, you will see mention of symbols and prayer spaces. At our Christmas Ember Event, Annette Evans introduced the students to Prayer Spaces in Schools. Take a look around the website, in particular this brief explanatory Vimeo, for a wealth of creative inspiration!

News links for Pope Francis on his Pilgrimage of Asia

The vibrant colours and images alone are worth sharing with your students:

Pope to Sri Lankans: Reconciliation means dialogue: 'pursuit of truth'

CNS Photo Gallery: Pope Francis on Day 1 of Asia Pilgrimage

From the Guardian: Pope Francis Changes Schedule to Visit Sri Lankan Buddhist Temple

CNS Photo Gallery: Day 2 of Pope Francis in Sri Lanka

Another beautiful photo here: Today we are a Land that is free, a land that has experienced the favour of God

Waiting for the Pope, Philippine family reflects on dreams, blessings

This is a great educational image from @RCYouthWorker: Pope Francis is on his way to the Philippines!

Salt + Light also provide plenty of information: Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit to Sri Lanka and Philippines.

While you're visiting this site, you could also take a look at their new item: Salt+Light's new weekly round-up


January Resources

January The Month of the Holy Name of Jesus

New Year Reflections PowerPoint

January 6th: Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord

January 7th: Baptism of our Lord

January 20th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18th-25th: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 27th: Holocaust Memorial Day

January 25th-February 1st: Catholic Schools Week 2015

January 28th: Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas

January 30th: Feast Day of St. Aidan of Ferns

January 31st: Feast Day of St. Don Bosco