Post Primary Weekly Connect 20th September, 2021

Weekly Connect From: Dermot Cowhey

20th September, 2021:

Dear Chaplains/RE Teachers,


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.


‘Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.’ (Rachel Carson)


Liturgical Calendar

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

1st October - Feast Day of St. Thérèse of Lisieux / Féile Naomh Treasa as Lisieux, (St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, more popularly known as "the Little Flower.")

2nd October – The Guardian Angels

3rd October – 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

4th October – St. Francis of Assisi

For more information on special days please see Attachment 4.

Higher Diploma in Theological Studies:


This programme, being offered by St. Patrick’s, Maynooth, will qualify to teach Religious Education and/or be a gateway to a masters in Theology or Pastoral Ministry. It is a Blended Learning H/Dip allowing you to accommodate your studies into your busy life with minimal on-campus experience. More information available at  or direct email or 01 708 3964


Look Up Programmes for Transition Years:


Please see Attachment 2 from Veritas regarding the Look Up Programme for Transition Years.


The Season of Creation

Many thanks to Mary Kenny of the Derry Diocese for kindly sharing the material on the Season of Creation. See Attachment 1.

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”.


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 can be accessed here:


From Jonny Somerville, Scripture Union Resources Manager


I just wanted to send a quick email about the NUA:Origins Journal. We are soon going to print with it but I realise for a lot of you that purchasing physical journals may not be an option. So we have made a printable A4 version of the journal with less pictures and empty spaces to make it much easier for you to print and to save on paper. See Attachment 3. I attach it for you in this email and it will become part of the NUA:Origins package. Any feedback on this would be greatly appreciated.


Attachments –


  1. Season of Creation material from the Diocese of Derry
  2. Look Up Programme Information
  3. NUA: Origins Package.
  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


To conclude …

Let us give thanks for the world around us.
Thanks for all the creatures, stones and plants
Let us learn their lessons and seek their truths,
So that their path might be ours,
And we might live in harmony, a better life.

May the Earth continue to live,
May the heavens above continue to live,
May the rains continue to dampen the land,
May the wet forests continue to grow,
Then the flowers shall bloom
And we people shall live again.

(Hawaiian indigenous prayer)






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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‘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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