Post-Primary Diocesan Adviser R.E. News

March 2020/Márta 2020

 

Dear R.E Teacher/Chaplain,

This month continues with a calendar of events for March with a selection of resources linked to important dates from international justice, peace and environmental calendars as well as important dates/feast days from religious calendars. As Lent has already begun, I have included a number of resources to help guide your students throughout the season in preparation for Easter.

Pope Francis’ Lenten message for LENT 2020 is “We implore you on behalf of Christ,  be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:20). He reminds us that: “This year the Lord grants us, once again, a favourable time to prepare to celebrate with renewed hearts the great mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus, the cornerstone of our personal and communal Christian life.  We must continually return to this mystery in mind and heart, for it will continue to grow within us in the measure that we are open to its spiritual power and respond with freedom and generosity”.

I was delighted to have met many of you at our recent Fern’s Inservice which took place on Thursday the 27th of February last.  We had a capacity crowd with barely elbow room around the lunch table with the added treat of a tour of the St Peter’s Tower by our new Campus Manager Oliver Mahon.  We were delighted that the Bishop joined us for lunch and for his kind words in support of your role.  The day commenced with Tom Gunning providing us all with insight into the workings of the Soul Searcher’s series.  Tom also spoke to all about self-care within the role of R.E. Following this Noel Keating spoke to us of the difference between a guided meditation and silent meditation and finally Annette Evans got us all up out of our seats to create prayer spaces.  It was a wonderful day and I look forward to meeting you all and more at the next one.  For details of the day please press here.

The Bishop in his speech concluded with the following prayer of St Oscar Romero (assassinated while saying Mass in El Salvador in 1980).

‘It helps now and then to step back and take the long view. This is what we are about.  We plant seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.  We lay foundations that will need further development.  We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realising that.  This enables us to do something and to do it very well.  It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.  We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.  We are workers, not master builders, ministers not messiahs.  We are prophets of a future not our own.’ 

May God bless all that we do.

Colette O’Doherty; Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry

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Post-Primary Diocesan Adviser R.E. News 

February 2020

 

Dear R.E Teacher/Chaplain,

I hope that February finds you well as we start to notice a little extra brightness seeping into our evenings. I have uploaded for your information, a calendar of events for February with a selection of resources linked to important dates from international justice, peace and environmental calendars as well as important dates/feast days from religious calendars. 

We continue to promote Pope Francis’ monthly intentions which we encourage you to introduce and use with your students. We will continue to highlight the Holy Father’s request for prayers for a specific intention each month and invite you to answer the request and join with many people worldwide in praying for this intention each month. For February the Pope’s intention is Listen to the Migrants’ Cries: We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered. For further resources see http://popesprayerusa.net/popes-intentions/

I have been travelling the Diocese over the last few weeks and have spent valuable time with School Chaplains, RE Co-Ordinators and RE Teams discussing your support requirements.  I look forward to visiting the remaining schools at your convenience.  If you have not already booked a date please ring me on 087-9474513.

Many of you have booked into the upcoming Inservice taking place on Thursday the 27th of February next.  Details of same can be found here. If you have any suggestions for further inservices please do email me on fernsda@ferns.ie.

I have uploaded a couple of conferences that you may be interested in, namely ARISE and CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. If you or your school are interested in bringing a Green Team to Caring for our Common Home please contact me on 087-9474513.

Thank you all for your attention and God bless your work.

Colette O’Doherty; Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry

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Post-Primary Diocesan Adviser R.E. News

January 2020/ Eanáir 2020

Dear R.E. Teacher / Chaplain,

Welcome back after the Christmas break and a very Happy New Year to you all!! I hope you all had a restful holiday and are refreshed and ready to begin a new term! 

As you may be aware I have taken up the post of Director of Education & Youth Ministry in September 2019.  For the last few months, I have been busy familiarising myself with the role! I am grateful to all who have supported me over the last while, in particular Lily Barry the Dublin Diocesan Advisor who has been a mind of information.

I have also been organising the John Paul II Awards Night which took place in Cathedral on the 5th of December last.  It was a wonderful occasion with 53 students receiving their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards and with the first ever Papal Cross Awards. Well done to all the schools involved.

Over the next few months, I am hoping to develop the Ferns Website to provide you with relevant and useful resources to support you in your role as RE Teacher and would be delighted to receive any contributions you may wish to share with fellow Chaplains and R.E. teachers or any suggestions for in-service /support days which the Diocese could provide.  Please see resources for January at here

I would like to draw your attention to Pope Francis’ monthly intentions which I encourage you to introduce and use with your students. For January the Pope’s intention is ‘Promotion of World Peace’: We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world. For further resources see http://popesprayerusa.net/popes-intentions/

I would also like to draw your attention to Catholic Schools Week which takes place from 26th January to the 2nd February 2020. This year the theme is ‘Living in Harmony With God’s Creation’. I have posted resources on the website https://ferns.ie/youth-matters/post-primary/ Further details are also located within the January Resources Section

I have been actively visiting schools over the last few months both as Support Visit within the role of Diocesan Advisor and also in relation to the introduction of the John Paul II Awards and I look forward to continuing these visits.  

Finally, I am currently putting the finishing touches to the brochure on the upcoming In-service taking place in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre here in Wexford on Thursday the 27th of February next.  It is an exciting Inservice aimed at providing practical resources to you and your team.  If you are interested in attending please contact me to book you in.

That’s it for the moment.  Please see on the website the section on January Resources which I hope will be helpful to you. 

God bless your work!

Colette O’Doherty

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