National launch of Catholic Schools Week 2018

23 Jan 2018

You, or a representative, are invited to attend the national launch of Catholic Schools Week 2018 which runs from this Sunday 28 January to Sunday 4 February.  CSW is an all-Ireland annual celebration which invites Catholic schools to give expression in a special way to the ethos of Catholic education.  The theme for 2018 is ‘Catholic Schools: Called to be a Family of Families’.  Details of the launch:

Venue  Saint Flannan’s College, Ennis, Co Clare in the Diocese of Killaloe
Date    Wednesday 24 January 2016
Time  10.30am for refreshments in the Priests’ Refectory; 11.00am official launch in the Canon O’Kennedy Room in the Boarding School; 12.00pm celebration of the Eucharist in the College Chapel; 1.00pm light lunch
In attendance Bishop Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe, students, staff, clergy and parents


On Sunday 4 February Bishop Monahan will be the chief celebrant at Mass for the conclusion of Catholic Schools Week 2018.  This Mass will be broadcast by RTÉ on radio from the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, Ennis.  As well as the local parish community of Ennis, the liturgy for this year’s Mass for Catholic Schools Week will be enhanced by the participation of students, staff and parents from local schools.


Notes for Editors

  • Catholic Schools Week Steering Committee one-year catechetical programme for schools

Pope Francis chose Ireland to host the next World Meeting of Families and it will take place from 21–26 August in Dublin.  Families from all over the world will gather to celebrate their lives, to share their experiences from different parts of the world, to reflect on the different challenges they face and to grow together in faith.  This celebration offers a special opportunity to school families to celebrate not just parents as the primary educators of their children, but also the vital role that Catholic schools play in assisting parents.  In partnership with the WMOF, the Catholic Schools Week Steering Committee has developed a one-year catechetical programme for Catholic primary and post-primary schools.  The theme for this 2018 programme is ‘Catholic Schools: Called to be a Family of Families.’  The programme invites Catholic schools to celebrate the relationship that exists between home, school and parish through participation in four sub-themed catechetical moments.  Moment Two is the high point of the catechetical programme for primary and post-primary schools.  During CSW Catholic school families participate in a week of reflection on this year’s theme.  The Catholic Schools Week Steering Committee has made a series of resources available for schools, each with its own unique daily theme, on


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