Catholic Schools Week in Mullingar
We had a great celebration of Catholic Schools Week (30 January - 3 February). It was an opportunity for us to highlight the faith element in our schools and the important contribution that faith makes in the life of the schools, at both primary and secondary levels.
Among the events to mark Catholic Schools Week -
1. Grandparents day was celebrated in several schools. The pupils love to welcome their grandparents to their school. A number of grandparents travelled from various parts of the country. We emphasise the example of Sts Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.
2. St Brigid's day was recognised with a terrific walk to St Brigid's holywell in Cullion. Many thanks to all in St Brigid's School for organizing the event. The pupils enjoyed being together and rediscovering this ancient place of faith and worship. Fr Joseph gave the blessing in the morning. Fr Ciprian led the devotions
3. Fr Padraig welcomed Ann Bracken who gave presentation to over 500 parents in the Cathedral on Wednesday evening. These are among the parents of children who will celebrate the sacraments in coming months. Ann is a primary school teacher who currently works with Veritas, writing the religious education programme to be used by 5th and 6th class pupils.
4. St Brigid's crosses were being "mass produced" but the industrious and creative hands of most pupils and teachers in our parish schools. Fr Paul retold the story of St Brigid using someone else's IT resources.
5. Fr Robert hosted assemblies for each year group in Colaiste Mhuire on what it means to be a young Catholic in Ireland today.
These are only some of the events that took place this week but a big "thank you" toall who took part and helped us in any way.