Catholic Schools Week to conclude with broadcast of Mass

01 Feb 2013

Catholic Schools Week to conclude with broadcast of Mass

Catholic Schools Week 2013 will conclude this Sunday 3 February with RTÉ One Television broadcasting 11.00am Mass from its Donnybrook studios in Dublin.

The celebrant will be the Abbott of Mount Saint Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, the Right Reverend Dom Richard Purcell. Students and staff from the Cistercian College at Mount Saint Joseph, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, will participate in this Mass and provide the liturgical music.

Schools throughout Ireland North and South have celebrated CSW 2013 with resources in English, Irish and Polish.  These resources can be accessed by downloading material from a special web feature on:

A brief video promoting CSW 2013 can be viewed on

Pope Benedict XVI reminds us that during this year – the universal ‘Year of Faith’ – we are offered an opportunity to ‘rediscover the joy of believing’. Share the Good News highlights the synergy between the aims of the of the Year of Faith and the day to day work of the Catholic School: ‘Catholic primary schools in the Republic and in Northern Ireland are required to follow a religious education and formation programme that fosters and deepens children’s Catholic faith.’ (#100 Share the Good News p14).  The directory comments further that ‘the local Catholic school, a constitutive part of the parish, contributes generously to the children’s faith development, seeking “to inculcate in pupils the qualities of personal integrity and moral courage which are marks of an authentic Christian personality”.’ (#91 Share the Good News p131)


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