Ms Briege Kelly, Religion teacher, St Mary’s College, Dundalk, Chaplain Fr Jimmy McElroy, s.p. and Transition Year students attended the Armagh Diocesan launch of Catholic Schools Week in the Church of John the Baptist, Drumcree this week. This is an all-Ireland annual event which invites Catholic schools to give expression in a special way to the ethos of Catholic education. It is a celebration of Catholic schools throughout Ireland, North and South, which acknowledges the tremendous contribution that our Catholic primary and post-primary schools make not just to Irish society, but to the mission of the Church.
Catholic Schools Week 2016 will take place from Sunday 31 January to Saturday 6 February 2016 on the theme “Catholic Schools: Challenged to Proclaim God’s Mercy”. It is hoped that this theme will help contextualise the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis from 8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016.
As part of Catholic schools week the students of St Mary’s College participated in Seinn. Primary & Secondary students from the Primary and Post -primary schools of Dundalk participated in the Songs of Praise service as part of the Catholic schools week celebrations.