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Post Primary Weekly Connect

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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Post Primary Weekly Connect

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

13th September, 2021:

Dear Chaplains/RE Teachers,

 

As we begin the new academic year, we pray for our teachers, leaders and all involved in the service of the young people in our care. Bishop Brendan, in his welcome video to all schools (see https://www.limerickdiocese.org/), focused on the solidarity of schools which was resilient in the darkest days of the recent past stating ‘The school is you, the community’.

He concluded ‘Love one another – may that be the motto for the year ahead.’ In that light we begin with a prayer:

 

Prayer: For my friends:

 

Dear God, 

 

I bring before you my dear ones, my friends

and the particular person whom I love above all others.

Protect them from all evil 

and guide them safely on their journey.

Help us to know what unites us 

and what divides us;

what sustains our friendship 

and what oppresses us.  

and who we can, or cannot, be for one another.  

Enlighten our sight,

strengthen our hearts,

bless our friendship

guide our steps,

and let us remain in  your love.  Amen. 

(Georg Lengerke) 

 

The Pope's Monthly Intentions for September, 2021:

 

Let us pray that we all will make courageous choices, the choices necessary for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, taking inspiration from our young people who are resolutely committed to this,”

 

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

 

‘You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.) (Jane Goodall)

 

https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflimerick

 

Liturgical Calendar

14th September Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

15th September Our Lady of the Sorrows*

21st September – Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

17th September – St. Robert Bellarmine, bishop and doctor

16th September – Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)

21st September - International Day of Peace / Lá Idirnáisiúnta Tiomanta don Síocháin

21st September – World Alzheimers Day

23rd September - St. Padre Pio / Naomh Padre Pio

24th September – World Maritime Day

25th September - St. Finbarr        

27th September - Feast Day of St. Vincent de Paul / Féile Naomh Uinseann de Pól

29th September – Ss Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

 

* The Seven Sorrows of Mary:

  1. The prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:25-35)
  2. The flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)
  3. Loss of the Child Jesus for three days (Luke 2:41-50)
  4. Mary meets Jesus on his way to Calvary (Luke 23:27-31; John 19:17)
  5. Crucifixion and Death of Jesus (John 19:25-30)
  6. The body of Jesus being taken from the Cross (Psalm 130; Luke 23:50-54; John 19:31-37)
  7. The burial of Jesus (Isaiah 53:8; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42; Mark 15:40-47)

https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2020-09-15

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/our-lady-of-sorrows/

Programmes on Offer:

 

This year I am hoping to introduce you to three programmes. The ‘Look Up!’ programme is for Transition years and details are included below. Alpha Ireland Youth Programme is a free programme which could be used for classes from third year upwards. Training etc. is provided for teachers and I would recommend it. Finally, The Backpack programme, which focuses on human development through spirituality, will be introduced over the next few months. You may have plenty material to work with but these programmes may also offer you an alternative. More details to follow.

 

The Season of Creation

The Season of Creation began on the 1st of September and will run through to the 4th of October.  The theme this year is “Restoring our common home”.

This a great opportunity to raise awareness in our schools of the importance of caring for our common home and acting at the local level.   The scale of the challenges we are facing are immense and sometimes overwhelming, it is good to remind ourselves that every step we take at the local level will have a ripple effect.  No step we take is too small, Vincent Van Gogh said “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

 

Plant a Tree initiative

Bishop Brendan is inviting parishes and schools to engage their new Sixth Class/First Year pupils in a tree planting initiative as part of the Season of Creation, linking it in with Confirmation.

The proposal is to invite parishes/schools to involve their Sixth Class/First Years in planting a tree on the 4th of October, the feast of St Francis.  A letter of invitation from Bishop Brendan is attached and includes details of supports available. See Attachment 1.

 

Season of Creation Resources

The Laudato Si’ group of the Bishop’s Conference have put together a series of resources for the Season of Creation. 

The resources include the following:

  • Sunday Liturgy Notes for the Season of Creation
  • A weekday Prayer Service
  • Practical Actions for Parishes/Schools
  • Tree Planting Resource

 

The resources can be accessed here:

https://www.catholicbishops.ie/2021/07/21/season-of-creation-2021/

 

Bishop Brendan In Conversation with John Lannon who is the CEO of Doras Luimneach, a Limerick-based human rights and migrant support non-governmental organization. https://www.limerickdiocese.org/

 

Look Up: Programme for Transition Year: Veritas is delighted to launch 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.

Teacher USB stick and sample Student Journal is available from Veritas at a cost of €30. For more information on Look Up! contact Veritas (01) 8788177 or email caroline.teehan@veritas.ie

 

 

Online Course on Islam

 

The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland has designed this course specifically with the needs of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) students and primary and post-primary teachers in mind. It would be delighted to welcome teachers from Catholic schools to support  teachers in schools and classrooms and it comes with a padlet containing lots of classroom-friendly materials and ideas designed to enable teachers both to support Muslim students in diverse educational contexts and to educate all students about Islam in Ireland. The course will run in autumn 2021 and it will offer participants multi-media resources and lots of opportunities to ask questions and dialogue with the course tutors. If you would like further information about this course, please see Attachment 2.

Attachments –

 

  1. Plant a Tree Invitation
  2. Online Course on Islam
  3. 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 …

 

Praise the Lord!  Across the heavens, from the heights, all you angels, heavenly beings, sing praise, sing praise!

Sun and moon, glittering stars, sing praise!  Highest heavens, rain clouds, sing praise, sing praise. 

Let there be praise; from the depths of the earth, from creatures of the deep.

Fire and hail, snow and midst, storms, winds, mountains, hills, fruit trees and cedars, wild beasts and tame, snakes and birds.

Praise God’s splendour above the earth, above the heavens, as it gives strength to all nations and to all peoples.

Scripture (Psalm 148:1-4, 7-10, 13-14)

We ask God to help us become more aware of the world around us, to help us to see the beauty of his creation, to care for our common home, to watch over our planet, to protect it and to share the beauty of creation with all around us.

Loving God, may the beauty of your creation be a source of refreshment and renewal as we make our journey to you. 

 

 

 

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Weekly Connect

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

11th October, 2021:

Dear Chaplains/RE Teachers,

 

The Pope's Monthly Intentions for October, 2021:

Missionary Disciples

We pray that every baptized person may be engaged in evangelization, available to the mission, by being witnesses of a life that has the flavor of the Gospel.

https://www.popesprayer.va/popes-prayer-intentions

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

 

‘I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace.’ (St. Brigid)

 

https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflimerick

 

Liturgical Calendar

11th October – Saint John XXIII (Pope)

15th October - Feast Day of St. Teresa of Avila / Féile Naomh Treasa as Avila

16th October – World Food Day (More information available at: http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/theme/en/)

17th October - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty / Lá Idirnáisiúnta atá Tiomanta do Dhíothú Bochtaineachta

18th October - European Day against Human Trafficking / Lá Eorpach i gCoinne Mangaireachta Dhaonna

18th October - Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist / Féile Naomh Lúcás, Soiscéalaí

24th October - Mission Sunday / Domhnach na Misean

25th October – Mid Term Break begins

 

For more information on special days please see Attachment 2.

 

https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2020-09-15

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/our-lady-of-sorrows/

 

Facebook Group Post Primary RE Teachers – Ireland: Check out this outstanding resource with constant updating of material from over 15, 000 practicing teachers. You will have to register to access the material.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/276243297232417/

 

School Chaplain Association Annual Conference: The SCA upcoming online conference is this weekend, agenda attached (see Attachment 1) Due to costs involved in running an online conference for the second year in a row the conference fee is €35. Payments can be made directly to the SCA bank account (details in link below).The yearly SCA membership fee is due each October (€65 - full & €40 - student/retired). Membership—School Chaplains' Association of Ireland (schoolchaplaincy.ie)

 

Sr. Clare Crockett: Check out this resource which ties in to the section on The Search for Meaning (Junior and Senior Cycle Religion.). This contains a You Tube film and Discussion/ Questions - Exploration of the film,  generously shared by Hilda Campell (D.A. Kildare and Leighlin). See Attachment 2

 

November Liturgy 2020: Prepared by the National Centre for Liturgy, Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare (See Attachment 3)

 

Attachments –

 

  1. SCA Conference.
  2. Sr. Clare Crockett resource.
  3. 2020 November Liturgy
  4. Attachment containing the usual links and resources. If you can add to this list, please forward all information to me.
  5. 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 dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.org

 

To conclude …

 

A Prayer for Autumn

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22).

 

Gracious and loving Lord,

Thank you for the seasons we can count on, find routine in, and that will never cease while the earth remains. As we enter into autumn, when the cooler winds drift in and the days grow shorter, draw us closer to you. Let us feel your warm and loving presence. May we imagine ourselves in your arms, close to your heart, surrounded by your light, and find comfort in your consistency when the world around us seems to be constantly changing. Thank you for your lovingkindness that engulfs us and your light that drives the darkness away. We praise you for being a God who loves us and takes care of us. We are grateful you are with us in all circumstances and seasons.

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

18th October, 2021:

Dear Chaplains/RE Teachers,

 

Yesterday the Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said that the first ever truly universal Synod of the Catholic Church will fail unless it begins with a “true listening to people”.

Speaking today at the commencement of the Diocesan phase of the worldwide Synod, Bishop Leahy said that the Synod is taking place at a critical time for the Church and must not be a talk-shop.

Dioceses across the world begin their Synod journey, with the objective of this phase being the ‘consultation of the People of God’. Each diocese will be asked to consult with the people, with the contributions being sent to their own Episcopal Conference before a synthesis is sent to the General secretariat of the Synod in Rome.

The Pope's Monthly Intentions for October, 2021:

Missionary Disciples

We pray that every baptized person may be engaged in evangelization, available to the mission, by being witnesses of a life that has the flavor of the Gospel.

https://www.popesprayer.va/popes-prayer-intentions

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

 

‘I face today with an open mind,

Today I speak with kindness,

I lead with love,

I am gentle with me,

I will act with intention,

I choose to do no harm,

My actions reflect my words.’

 

https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflimerick

 

Liturgical Calendar

18th October - European Day against Human Trafficking / Lá Eorpach i gCoinne Mangaireachta Dhaonna

18th October - Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist / Féile Naomh Lúcás, Soiscéalaí

22nd October – St.  John Paul II / Naomh Eoin Pól 11

24th October - Mission Sunday / Domhnach na Misean

25th October – Mid Term Break begins

29th October - Blessed Chiara Badano / Ciara Badano, Beannaithe

1st November – All Saints

2nd November – All Souls

5th November – St Martin de Porres

 

For more information on special days please see Attachment 2.

 

https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2020-09-15

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/our-lady-of-sorrows/

 

Facebook Group Post Primary RE Teachers – Ireland: Check out this outstanding resource with constant updating of material from over 15, 000 practicing teachers. You will have to register to access the material.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/276243297232417/

 

Other Resources for teaching R.E

An excellent database of resources for religion teachers is available by contacting Marie Murphy at: reclassresources@gmail.com or on: https://www.facebook.com/Teaching-Religious-Education-100466933364337/

 

 

Alpha-Youth Ireland

Alpha - Youth is a contemporary exploration of the Christian Faith that is being used by groups all around the world to help young people explore the character and claims of Jesus. Over 8, 9- or 10-weeks Alpha - Youth looks at topics from ‘Who is Jesus?’ and ‘Why did Jesus die?’ to ‘How & why should I read the Bible?’.

It’s a more informal version of the original Alpha using the same teaching content but adapted in a way to better engage with young people. Alpha - Youth shares the same important elements as any Alpha – food, a film presentation, and small group discussions (except with a lot more fun and many more games!). See also Alpha's Youth Film Series: 12 episodes – approx. 20 min each The Film Series will set the stage for honest and open dialogue. http://www.alphayouth.ie/what-is-alpha-youth. The resource is free and in-service for teachers can be provided.

 

Faith formation resources from the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore
‘To the Heights’  Weekly Newsletter  
Check out their newest weekly resource. Use it in RE classes, with youth groups or in your own home!  Check out the suggested activities, questions to reflect on, video and music content, Scripture links and prayer ideas too!  Just follow the hyperlinks to access the videos and music!

 

Celebrating and supporting faith, hope and love!  With weekly Gospel reflections, Children's Corner, Carlo Acutis Corner for teens, Prayers and Challenges for families and more.  Also wonderfully laid out lesson plans for RE Classes. Download weekly from www.waterfordlismore.ie/resources or subscribe by clicking here.

 

 

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.

 

Attachments –

 

  1. November Liturgy from the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre
  2. Attachment containing the usual links and resources. If you can add to this list, please forward all information to me.
  3. 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 dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.org

 

To conclude …

 

I wish you all a restful, reviving mid-term break and look forward to seeing you in November…

 

Winter in all of Our Lives

There is a winter in all of our lives,
a chill and darkness that makes us yearn
for days that have gone
or put our hope in days yet to be.
Father God, you created seasons for a purpose.
Spring is full of expectation
buds breaking
frosts abating and an awakening
of creation before the first days of summer.
Now the sun gives warmth
and comfort to our lives
reviving aching joints
bringing colour, new life
and crops to fruiting.
Autumn gives nature space
to lean back, relax and enjoy the fruits of its labour
mellow colours in sky and landscape
as the earth prepares to rest.
Then winter, cold and bare as nature takes stock
rests, unwinds, sleeps until the time is right.
An endless cycle
and yet a perfect model.
We need a winter in our lives
a time of rest, a time to stand still
a time to reacquaint ourselves
with the faith in which we live.
It is only then that we can draw strength
from the one in whom we are rooted
take time to grow and rise through the darkness
into the warm glow of your springtime
to blossom and flourish
bring colour and vitality into this world
your garden.
Thank you Father
for the seasons of our lives.

- Author Unknown

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Post Primary Weekly Connect

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

1st November, 2021:

Dear Chaplains/RE Teachers,

This week, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. Christian Art, hosted by Patrick van der Vorst, would like to share a video set to the music of John Denver's 'Windsong'. Through paintings by Van Gogh, Michelangelo and other artists, they look at the beauty of our world... a world that has been entrusted into our care. We ask that we may all grow deeper in our respect for God's Creation and take better care of it. The website is free and available at Christian Art info@christian.art

Click here to see Video

November Resources

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 dermotcowhey@limerickdiocese.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.

 

https://www.popesprayer.va/popes-prayer-intentions

 

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

 

‘The best feeling of happiness is when you’re happy because you’ve made someone happy.’

https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflimerick

 

Liturgical Calendar

1st November – All Saints

2nd November – All Souls

3rd November: St Malachy

5th November: St. Martin de Porres

6th November: All Saints of Ireland

8th November; Remembrance Sunday

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 4.

 

https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2020-09-15

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/our-lady-of-sorrows/

 

 

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.

 

 

Attachments –

 

  1. ‘To the Heights’ Waterford and Lismore Youth Ministry booklet with activities for junior students
  2. Resource Pack for All Saints Day, again suitable for junior classes
  3. Attachment containing the usual links and resources. If you can add to this list, please forward all information to me.
  4. 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 dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.org

 

To conclude …

 

As we begin the month of November and remember our dearly departed, the recently deceased Brendan Kennelly urges the return of hope.

 

Begin’ Brendan Kennelly

Begin again to the summoning birds
to the sight of the light at the window,
begin to the roar of morning traffic
all along Pembroke Road.
Every beginning is a promise
born in light and dying in dark
determination and exaltation of springtime
flowering the way to work.
Begin to the pageant of queuing girls
the arrogant loneliness of swans in the canal
bridges linking the past and future
old friends passing though with us still.
Begin to the loneliness that cannot end
since it perhaps is what makes us begin,
begin to wonder at unknown faces
at crying birds in the sudden rain
at branches stark in the willing sunlight
at seagulls foraging for bread
at couples sharing a sunny secret
alone together while making good.
Though we live in a world that dreams of ending
that always seems about to give in
something that will not acknowledge conclusion
insists that we forever begin.

 

 

 

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

8th November, 2021:

Dear Chaplains/RE Teachers,

November Resources

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 dermotcowhey@limerickdiocese.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.

 

https://www.popesprayer.va/popes-prayer-intentions

 

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.’

https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflimerick

 

Liturgical Calendar

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.

 

https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2020-09-15

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/our-lady-of-sorrows/

 

 

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.

 

Credible Catholic

 

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.

 

www.catholicschools.ie/crediblecatholic

 

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.

 

 

Attachments –

 

  1. Attachment containing the usual links and resources. If you can add to this list, please forward all information to me.
  2. 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 dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.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)

 

 

 

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