Post Primary Weekly Connect 8th November, 2021

We pray that people who suffer from depression and burnout will find support and a light that opens them up to life.

Weekly Connect From: Dermot Cowhey

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.

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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.


‘Don’t tell someone get over it. Help them get through it.’


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.



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.


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


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)




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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