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Season of Creation 2019

  • September 02, 2019

The Season of Creation has a special significance for the Catholic Church, particularly since Pope Francis established 1 September as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

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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 From: Dermot Cowhey dermot.cowhey@limerickdiocese.org

19th April, 2021:

Dear Chaplains/RE Teachers,

 

The month of April is dedicated to The Holy Spirit. The term "Spirit" translates the Hebrew word ruah, which in its primary sense, means breath, air, wind.

After our solemn commemoration of the last days and death of Our Lord we will spend the month of April celebrating. As Spring breaks forth even nature will join us as buds and blooms begin to surface and we spend this month basking in the joy of the Resurrection. We continue throughout the entire month our cry, "Christ is risen, Christ is truly risen."

 

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

 

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.

Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.

Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.

Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.

Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.

Amen. (St. Augustine)

 

The Pope's Monthly Intentions for April, 2021:

 

Fundamental Rights


We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

 

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

 

‘If all you did was just look for things to appreciate you would live a joyous, spectacular life.’ (Abraham Hicks)

The RTAI (The Religion Teachers’ Association of Ireland), will host a Zoom workshop with Becca Gallagher from Young SVP on Monday 26th April from 7-8pm. She will outline how the Young SVP programme can be run as a module or longer project to support the social justice work explored in schools.

It is ideal for TY or LC non exam RE. If you would like to attend please email valroe@hotmail.com to reserve a place.

The RTAI, in collaboration with the Irish Centre for Religious Education and the School of Theology, Philosophy and Music, DCU, continues its series of evening seminars for teachers in preparation for the Leaving Certificate RE Coursework titles for 2022. For teachers who currently do not have LCRE students, the seminars could also contribute to CPD.

These seminars will give teachers the opportunity to explore in depth the four prescribed titles for Leaving Certificate Religious Education Coursework. The titles for 2022 are taken from Section E: Religion and Gender and Section I: The Bible: Literature and Sacred Text.

Each seminar will have 40-minute input followed by a conversation between the presenter and participants in which ideas for projects will be shared. The inputs will be recorded and shared with participants afterwards for use with students. The conversation will not be recorded. please register in advance with RTAI at canavanmt@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link

 

21st April: Section E: Religion and Gender – Dr. Sandra Cullen

E.2. ● BIOLOGY ● PHILOSOPHY ● PSYCHOLOGY ● SOCIOLOGY

Profile how insights from two of the above, on the understanding of gender, influence

the changing roles of men and women in society.

28th April: Section I: The Bible: Literature and Sacred Text – Dr. Amanda Dillon

H. 2 List A

List B

Hannah’s Song of Thanks (1 Sam 2:1‐10)

The Prologue (Jn 1:1‐18)

Israel Restored (Is 52:13‐53:12)

The Sermon on the Plain (Lk 6:20‐49)

The Ten Commandments (Ex 20:1‐21)

The Transfiguration (Mk 9:2‐13)

 

Message from the Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) Support Service … The NCCA have published some samples of CBA1 on www.curriculumonline.ie. The direct link to the RE CBA1 samples is here: https://www.curriculumonline.ie/Junior-cycle/Junior-Cycle-Subjects/Religious-Education/Examples-of-Student-Work/Examples-of-Classroom-Based-Assessment/
 
We are hosting a webinar called 'REsearch, REport, REflect: what can we learn from the CBA process? next Wednesday 21st April at 7pm.
 
During this live webinar event we will view and discuss these new CBA samples and we will hear from teachers who have completed CBA1 as they share what insights have been gained for next year (CBA2 and when we do CBA1 again). We will also answer your questions.  Please register below to join us live on the night. This is a live event and will not be recorded.
 
https://jct-ie.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkce6qqjgjE9MxwiScISAx2fmFapwrowXH
 

Projects at Eire Dialogue. Religion Teachers might be interested in IftarMe. IftarMe is a community–led project aiming to promote social cohesion amongst our diverse communities in Ireland. Inspired by the word “iftar”- a fast–breaking meal, IftarMe involves families preparing delicious meals for their guests at iftar, with whom they will then share the fast-breaking experience. They have asked if we could retweet/repost information on your page(s) to raise awareness among the teachers and help us strengthen ties between different communities in Ireland. Please see the links below: 

https://twitter.com/EireDialogue/status/1377561671632363527 

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3368084086625154&id=693540424079547&tn__=%2As%2As-R

https://m.instagram.com/p/CNNRqMynXq_/ 

Liturgical calendar

 

21st April - Saint Anselm of Canterbury, bishop and doctor of the Church

22nd April – World Earth Day

25th April - Saint Mark the Evangelist; Good Shepherd Sunday

26th April - Our Lady of Good Counsel; Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

29th April - Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church


Attachments

 

  1. 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 22nd April is World Earth Day, we reflect …

 

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.

    It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;

    It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil

Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?

Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;

    And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;

    And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil

Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

 

And for all this, nature is never spent;

    There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;

And though the last lights off the black West went

    Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —

Because the Holy Ghost over the bent

    World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

(GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS

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

14th April, 2021:

Dear Chaplains/RE Teachers,

 

May I take this opportunity to welcome the full opening of schools and wish you well in your work for this term. No doubt it will be challenging but also rewarding. Easter brings with it hope and may that hope carry us all forward.

 

A reminder that our monthly chaplains’ meeting will take place this Thursday, 15th April at 2.30. Details to follow.

Sixth Year Graduation Meeting: A reminder also for the meeting for chaplains and teachers regarding ideas and material for graduation delivered by ERST and the Institute for Pastoral Studies (MIC). The meeting will take place on Tuesday 13th April from 7.00 to 8.30. It will be an opportunity to see what schools are doing, share ideas and seek clarification.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88382876593?pwd=MGVzUXRoT2dPbFc2azQ0a1RteXljQT09

Meeting ID: 883 8287 6593

Passcode: u0dEdF

 

As it is anticipated that this session will be heavily subscribed, I would ask that only one representative from each school attend. 

 

The Pope's Monthly Intentions for April, 2021:

 

Fundamental Rights


We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

 

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

 

‘We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.’ (Abraham Lincoln)

The RTAI (The Religion Teachers’ Association of Ireland), in collaboration with the Irish Centre for Religious Education and the School of Theology, Philosophy and Music, DCU, is offering a series of evening seminars for teachers in preparation for the Leaving Certificate RE Coursework titles for 2022. For teachers who currently do not have LCRE students, the seminars could also contribute to CPD.

These seminars will give teachers the opportunity to explore in depth the four prescribed titles for Leaving Certificate Religious Education Coursework. The titles for 2022 are taken from Section E: Religion and Gender and Section I: The Bible: Literature and Sacred Text.

Each seminar will have 40-minute input followed by a conversation between the presenter and participants in which ideas for projects will be shared. The inputs will be recorded and shared with participants afterwards for use with students. The conversation will not be recorded. please register in advance with RTAI at canavanmt@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link

 

14th April: Section E: Religion and Gender – Dr. Sandra Cullen

E. 1 Research the influence that the humanity of Mary, the mother of Jesus as portrayed in the Gospels, has on two religious practices which are popular within a Christian denomination today.

21st April: Section E: Religion and Gender – Dr. Sandra Cullen

E.2. ● BIOLOGY ● PHILOSOPHY ● PSYCHOLOGY ● SOCIOLOGY

Profile how insights from two of the above, on the understanding of gender, influence

the changing roles of men and women in society.

28th April: Section I: The Bible: Literature and Sacred Text – Dr. Amanda Dillon

H. 2 List A

List B

Hannah’s Song of Thanks (1 Sam 2:1‐10)

The Prologue (Jn 1:1‐18)

Israel Restored (Is 52:13‐53:12)

The Sermon on the Plain (Lk 6:20‐49)

The Ten Commandments (Ex 20:1‐21)

The Transfiguration (Mk 9:2‐13)

 

Liturgical calendar

 

21st April - Saint Anselm of Canterbury, bishop and doctor of the Church

25th April - Saint Mark the Evangelist

26th April - Our Lady of Good Counsel; Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

29th April - Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church


Attachments

 

  1. A pdf meditation on the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Easter is attached.
  2. May your return to school be as graceful as the avian majesty attached!

(Thanks to Fr. Gerard Condon, D.A., Cloyne, for his generosity in sharing both of these.)

  1. 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 … A Student’s Prayer

 

O God, it is good to be alive and here –

Though it’s hard to do all the things I want to do.

You have made the world so rich, so great, so crammed full of possibilities.

You have made it so beautiful.

I thank you for all who have given me this chance to learn,

And to get ready for life – my family, teachers and friends.

 

Widen my horizons, widen my sympathies and when I am finished here, let me give myself to serve you and others, in this wonderful world. Amen

 

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