Catholic Schools Week 2014

Catholic Schools Week (CSW) will be celebrated between Sunday, 26 January, and Sunday, 2 February 2014.

The theme for CSW 2014 is Catholic Schools: Centres of Faith and Learning.

Launch of Catholic Schools Week

Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare and Leighlin launched Catholic Schools Week on the 20th January with over 200 students and staff of Saint Dominic’s College in Cabra, Archdiocese of Dublin, and thirteen local schools and representatives from across the country. Click here to to see the great talent and energy these students brought to the event!

Click here to view article from the Catholic Bishops website on the launch. 

CSW Post-Primary Resources

Resources for post-primary schools have been prepared and are available here.

Click here to download resource for preparing for Catholic Schools Week Mass.

Ideas for Catholic Schools Week

You could try some of the following ideas:

  • Have each class select a saint for the week.
  • Begin or end the week with a school Mass. Have the students plan the liturgy.
  • Organise a fundraiser.
  • Invite a guest speaker to come to your school, e.g. someone who works with the homeless.
  • Represent your school in your local community by organising a visit to a local nursing home or volunteering with a local charity such as St Vincent de Paul.
  • Visit a church every morning or evening during CSW for daily Mass, or just sit and pray.
  • Research the life and times of a particular saint your school is named after or the founder of the religious community that may have founded your school.
  • Do an anonymous act of kindness for someone.
  • Use praise and worship music in class prayer (see more here).

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated from Saturday, 18 January, to Saturday, 25 January. Try some of the following activities during that week:

  • Watch this video with images of prayer for Christian Unity.
  • Find out if your local parish is having an ecumenical service and invite students to attend. Perhaps there is a particular way in which they could participate.
  • Browse through the World Council of Churches website for information on Christian Unity.
  • Download classroom resources from this website.

For prayer resources check out the Catholic Bishops' website.