Post Primary Weekly Connect 1st November, 2021

This week, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

Weekly Connect From: Dermot Cowhey

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

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.

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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.


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.’


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.



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


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.




Catholic Social Justice Resource Pack for Secondary School

Following on from a Social Media campaign last year, we have now developed a resource pack on Catholic Social Justice. The pack contains images, ideas for discussion, projects, activities and also points to other resources that might be useful. We have also compiled some prayers, reflections, speeches and poems, all relating to social justice themes which might help you to prepare liturgies or moments of prayer and reflection. We hope that this resources will be useful to you and help you to raise awareness about these important issues. Please feel free to make your own of them!  


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Post Primary Weekly Connect 15th November, 2021

‘Looking to the future of Catholic education, let us do so with hope, confidence and enthusiasm knowing that – in the life of faith and discipleship we have been given something to bring to those we teach that offers something new, something different – a further and wider horizon: the vision that God has for all his creatures. It is nothing short of the fullness of life.’ (Archbishop Dermot Farrell)

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