Catholic Schools Week 2018

Catholic Schools Week 2018 runs from Sunday 28 January to Sunday 4 February. CSW is an all-Ireland annual celebration which invites Catholic schools to give expression in a special way to the ethos of Catholic education. The theme for 2018 is ‘Catholic Schools: Called to be a Family of Families’.

On Sunday 28th January Bishop Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe, was the chief celebrant and preacher at Mass to mark the opening of Catholic Schools Week 2018. The launch was held in Saint Flannan’s College, Ennis, Co Clare in the Diocese of Killaloe.

Click here for link to gallery of pictures of the event.

On Sunday 4 February Bishop Monahan will be the chief celebrant at Mass for the conclusion of Catholic Schools Week 2018. This Mass will be broadcast by RTÉ on radio from the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, Ennis. As well as the local parish community of Ennis, the liturgy for this year’s Mass for Catholic Schools Week will be enhanced by the participation of students, staff and parents from local schools.

As in previous years, resource booklets are being delivered to your school and are also available online here:

World Meeting of Families

Pope Francis chose Ireland to host the next World Meeting of Families and it will take place from 21–26 August in Dublin. Families from all over the world will gather to celebrate their lives, to share their experiences from different parts of the world, to reflect on the different challenges they face and to grow together in faith. This celebration offers a special opportunity to school families to celebrate not just parents as the primary educators of their children, but also the vital role that Catholic schools play in assisting parents. In partnership with the WMOF, the Catholic Schools Week Steering Committee has developed a one-year catechetical programme for Catholic primary and post-primary schools. The theme for this 2018 programme is ‘Catholic Schools: Called to be a Family of Families.’ The programme invites Catholic schools to celebrate the relationship that exists between home, school and parish through participation in four sub-themed catechetical moments. Moment Two is the high point of the catechetical programme for primary and post-primary schools. During CSW Catholic school families participate in a week of reflection on this year’s theme.


The Catholic Schools Week Steering Committee has made a series of resources available for schools, each with its own unique daily theme, on

Resources are also available from the World Meeting of Families website, on

CEIST Schools Celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2018

The following are images posted by CEIST schools on how they are celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2018.

Calasanctius College, Oranmore

Eureka Secondary School, Kells

Presentation Secondary School, Headford

Sacred Heart, Clonakilty

Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise

Coláiste Íosagáin, Portarlington

Presentation Secondary School, Thurles

Coláiste Bríde Dublin

St. Aloysius Cork

Coláiste Bríde Dublin

Presentation Secondary School, Wexford

Presentation Secondary School Kilkenny

Collaiste Nano Nagle Limerick

Mercy College Sligo

St. Aloysius Cork

Presentation Headford, Galway

If you would like to include your school image here on Catholic Schools Week, please send an email to CEIST.