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January 25 2015 : Catholic Schools Week

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS CALLED TO SERVE

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2015 is January 25 - 31. Schools typically observe National Catholic Schools Week with Masses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our country.

The theme of Catholic Schools Week 2015 is Catholic Schools: Called to Serve. This call comes from Christ himself. Jesus is called ‘teacher’ on forty-six occasions in the Gospels. It is the title most commonly associated with him by his first followers. So what did Jesus teach? In the villages, hills and valleys of Galilee he taught the people that the reign of God was dawning in their midst. He spoke of the reign of God as healing for the sick, hearing for the deaf, new sight for the blind, freedom for prisoners and good news for the poor.

All Christians are called to serve their brothers and sisters. This means helping them to stand up and walk on their own, exorcising their fear of the unknown and expanding their minds through education. It entails feeding them when they are too weak to feed themselves, opening their eyes to the reality of life, challenging them to let go of hurts and prejudice, and liberating those who are unjustly oppressed. It involves introducing them to ever-greater horizons of transcendence and beauty.

This is how we continue the healing ministry of Jesus so that ‘the blind see again, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, the good news is proclaimed to the poor’. In Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) the Pope says that the social dimension of the preaching of the Gospel is critically important. If we are truly Christian then we are called to live with others and for others. This is because God, in Christ, has redeemed human society and not just each of us as individuals.

This is an important insight for Catholic education. Pope Francis states: No one can demand that religion should be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life, without concern for the soundness of civil institutions, without a right to offer an opinion on events affecting society.

Who would claim to lock up in a church and silence the message of St Francis of Assisi or Blessed Teresa of Calcutta? They themselves would have found this unacceptable. An authentic faith – which is never comfortable or completely personal – always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it. Catholic schools are called to serve. This is the call we celebrate during Catholic Schools Week 2015.

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For Catholic Schools Primary Resources (Bun Scoileanna) as Gaeilge - CLICK HERE


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CLICK HERE for a visit in 2014 by Bishop Francis Duffy to Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School, Granard, Co. Longford used as part of a Televised Mass from Granard Parish.


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Bishop Francis Duffy reopens Saint Mel’s Cathedral five years after devastating fire

 

On December 19th 2014 last, in Longford Town Bishop Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh & Clonmacnois, reopened a restored Saint Mel’s Cathedral five years after a devastating fire destroyed the interior of the building, most of its furnishings and fittings, and the roof on Christmas Eve/Christmas morning in 2009.

 

There follows the addresses delivered at the press conference this morning to mark the reopening of the Cathedral.


- Address by Bishop Francis Duffy, Bishop of Armagh & Clonmacnois

 

- Address by Bishop Colm O’Reilly, Bishop Emeritus of Armagh & Clonmacnois

 

- Address by Father Tom Healy, Administrator, Saint Mel’s Cathedral

 

- Address by Mr Seamus Butler MCC, chair of the Cathedral Project Committee

 

- Address by Niall Meagher (Managing Director, Interactive Project Managers, IPM)

 

- Address by Mr Colm Redmond, lead architect, Fitzgerald, Kavanagh and Partners

 

- Images from catholicbishops.ie

 

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- World Day of Prayer for Peace.

- St Mel's Cathedral Re-Opening

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- Year of Consecrated Life

- Christian Unity 2015

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On December 19th 2014, in Longford town Bishop Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh & Clonmacnois, reopened a restored Saint Mel’s Cathedral five years after a devastating fire destroyed the interior of the building, most of its furnishings and fittings, and the roof on Christmas Eve/Christmas morning in 2009. Please see below the reopening schedule for Masses, and public viewings, which will take place in Saint Mel’s Cathedral over the coming days. There follows the addresses delivered at the press conference this morning to mark the reopening of the Cathedral.

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At a media conference at Columba Centre, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Bishop Liam MacDaid, chairman of the Council for Marriage and Family, along with Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, officially launched the pastoral statement The Meaning of Marriage on behalf of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. The pastoral statement advises the faithful that “to redefine the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society.

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Safeguarding Children : Policy and Procedures - Revised

Tuesday, 8th April 2014

Bishop Francis Duffy has launched the revised Child Safeguarding Policy for the diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois in St. Mel’s College, Longford.

- Revised Policy & Standards

- Safeguarding Forms

 
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Safeguarding Children - Contacts | Safeguarding.ie | Child Safeguarding - Policy & Standards - Revised (pdf, 10MB)
 
The Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois
Diocesan Office,
Ballinalee Road.
Longford.
Co. Longford.
Telephone : 043-3346432
 
Fax : 043 - 3346833
 
Email : ardaghdi@iol.ie