Bishop Tom Deenihan to open Catholic School’s Week #CSW2022 with livestream Mass

21 Jan 2022

  • See list of daily CSW themes below

This Sunday at 11.00am, Bishop Tom Deenihan will celebrate Mass from the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar, to formally open Catholic Schools’ Week across Ireland.  This Mass will be live-streamed on

Catholic Schools Week 2022 will be celebrated in parishes across the island from this Sunday to Sunday 30 January with the theme ‘Catholic Schools: Living Life to the Full’. During Catholic Schools Week, families, parishes and schools, North and South, are invited to participate in a week of celebration of Catholic schools reflecting on their contribution to the local school community as well as to the common good to society. 

Bishop Deenihan said, “Every year, Catholic Schools Week assumes a greater importance for our local school community and parish.  Our Catholic schools prepare their students for this world but also try to convey a sense of the Kingdom of God and the world to come.  Catholic schools are renowned for the academic education that they offer their students.  Equally, such schools contribute to society by encouraging the full development of their student’s talents.”

The liturgy for the opening Mass will include musicians from Schola Cantorum at Saint Finian’s Diocesan College. There will also be participation in the Mass from the Loreto Secondary School and Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar.

The full suite of #CSW2022 resources for primary and post-primary are now available on  Each resource explores the five daily themes of Catholic Schools Week:

Monday – Living Life to the Full with God

Tuesday – Living Life to the Full Together

Wednesday (Grandparents’ Day) – Celebrating Being Together Again

Thursday – Living Life in Wonder and Awe

Friday – Living Life and Facing the Future


Notes for Editors

  • This Mass will be livestreamed on from the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar
  • Established in 1970, the Schola Cantorum operates as a miniature music conservatoire at Saint Finian’s College, Mullingar.  Its purpose is to provide a specialised music education for girls and boys in parallel with their normal secondary school studies.  The Schola is an initiative of the Diocese of Meath and the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, see
  • Bishop Tom Deenihan is Bishop of Meath and serves at the Chair of the Catholic Schools Service and is a member of the Council for Education of the Irish Episcopal Conference.  He is also a former General Secretary of the Catholic Primary School Management Association (CPSMA).                                          

For media contact: Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Martin Long +353 (0) 86 172 7678 and Katie Crosby +353 (0) 86 862 3298.