Post Primary Weekly Connect 17th October, 2022

Post Primary Weekly Connect 17th October, 2022

Weekly Connect From: Dermot Cowhey

17th October, 2022:

Dear Chaplains/RE Teachers,

World Mission Sunday 23rd October 2022

The theme for World Mission Sunday this year, which the Church will celebrate around the world on 23 October next, is ‘You Shall Be My Witnesses’ (Acts 1:8). A Mission Sunday (Oct 20th) tool kit is available in the attached October Liturgical Calendar (Attachment 1). RTÉ is to broadcast Mass for World Mission Sunday on 23rd October at 11.00 am

World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual appeal for spiritual and financial support so that the life-giving work of overseas mission and missionaries can continue. It always falls on the second last Sunday in October, meaning this year it will be celebrated over the weekend of Sunday 23rd October and is coordinated in Ireland by Missio Ireland.

Every year to enhance World Mission Sunday celebrations, Missio Ireland prepare the Mission Month Pack. These resources are designed to help individuals, parishes and communities celebrate not just World Mission Sunday, but the entire month of October.

Feel free to use and share these resources with your wider community in any way you wish – in person, in schools, on your website or over social media!

Access the Resources

The Pope's Monthly Intentions for October, 2022:

A Church Open to Everyone …

We pray for the Church; ever faithful to, and courageous in preaching the Gospel, may the Church be a community of solidarity, fraternity and welcome, always living in an atmosphere of synodality.

To watch the Pope Video -

Thought for the Day:

‘Think Abundantly – Energy follows Intention.’

Mary’s Meals: Today, over 64 million primary school-age children miss school because of poverty; working in fields, begging on street corners or scavenging to survive. Millions more attend school so hungry they can’t concentrate or learn. Mary’s Meals is a global movement of people from all walks of life, united by the belief that no child should endure a day without a meal. Every school day we reach more than 2.2 million hungry children across 20 countries, and we see increased enrolment, attendance and academic performance in schools where our meals are served.

Please see Attachment 2 where you will find a six-week lesson plan for your students; short YouTube clips; fundraising opportunities; quizzes; finally, the availability of a speaker to visit your school. All links etc. contained in the attachment.

Senior Cycle RSE course available in Limerick Education Centre

Courses available in relation to RSE which may be of interest. Please see

Thanks to Claire Coakley, Chaplain, Kilmallock for alerting us to these.

Senior Cycle RE – Irish Dominicans

The Irish Dominican Friars will be sharing content very soon that can be used in the classroom, especially senior cycle religion. Links contained in Attachment 4.

Diocesan Ministry Training & Reflection: Training for Ministers continues with two nights of training for Funeral/Bereavement Teams (18th and 25th October) all in the Diocesan Centre.  Further details on the Limerick Diocese website.

Keliher Trust Scholarship: The Keliher Trust Scholarship may be of interest to some of your students. One or more scholarships equivalent in value to Category A Grant, under the Higher Education Grant Scheme, are awarded annually in order of merit to eligible candidates who attain Entrance Scholarships standard in the Leaving Certificate Examination. Recipients who are also holders of Higher Education Grants will receive a Scholarship of €1,710 subject to the rules relating to the renewal of the Scholarship.

Here is the link:,-b-l,-sefsksch/

The new closing date is October 21st so hopefully there will be some interest. Please feel free to pass onto your guidance counsellors or, indeed, to any who may find it of interest.

Corda: Please see attached from Sister Mara Rose regarding some information about a group that the sisters run for secondary age girls? It's called Corda. Basically, it's an opportunity for young women to have fun and fellowship while growing in their faith together. 

Sister Mara Rose has attached a little flyer (Attachment 3). All welcome and please feel free to pass on to any you may consider interested.

‘The Letter – A Message for Our Earth’:

From Jane Mellet Laudato Sí Officer, Trócaire: The Letter – A Message for Our Earth, the movie recently launched by the Laudato Si’ Movement in association with Off the Fence Productions and YouTube Originals. The Letter was launched on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi in Rome and offers a compelling new message for our planet. You can see the trailer and info about the film. The movie itself is available to watch, for free on YouTube here. If you would like to see the recording of the premier event, which includes speeches from the stars of the show, it is available here . In just one week, this movie has had 3.5 million views online.

Communities are welcome to host a screening of the film. In fact, we are counting on YOU to make it happen! There will a training webinar, organised by the Laudato Si’ Movement on October 19th from 4pm-5.30pm Irish time. You can register for this webinar here and it will be an informative session on all you need to know to host a screening. You'll have the opportunity to ask any questions about it to the LSM Team, brainstorm with the other participants and you'll receive a resource pack to help you organise. I realise some of you are already registered and apologies if you are receiving this information for the second time.

We would ask that you register your planned local screening on the official website here. By registering your screening, you will receive a link to the film that can be watched without license, for free. For those of you who are based in Ireland, we would ask that you wait to organise your local screening until after November 15th if possible. 

It is an exciting moment for the Laudato Si’ world and we are counting on our grassroots communities to share this powerful film with as many people as possible.

Attachments –

  1. Liturgical Calendar for October
  2. Attachment with all Mary’s Meals information
  3. Corda
  4. The Irish Dominican Friars RE material information
  5. Attachment containing the usual links and resources. If you can add to this list, please forward all information to me. Nothing added since last week.

If you are accessing this from the diocese website and would like to have these resources, please email Also, if you have not received the September Liturgical Calendar, contact me and I will send it.

To conclude … as we move towards Mission Sunday we pause to reflect …

As the fever of the day calms towards twilight

May all that is strained in us come to ease.


We pray for all those who suffered violence today.

May an unexpected serenity surprise them.


For those who risk their lives each day for peace,

May their hearts glimpse providence at the heart of history.


That those who make riches from violence and war

Might hear in their dreams the cries of the lost.


That we might see through our fear of each other

A new vision to heal out fatal attraction to aggression.


That those who enjoy the privilege of peace

Might not forget their tormented brothers and sisters.


That the wolf might lie down with the lamb,

That our swords be beaten into ploughshares


And no hurt or harm be done

Anywhere along the holy mountain.              (‘For Peace’ John O’Donoghue)



Fós le Buíochas agus Dóchas,