Drogheda to host special launch mass for Catholic Schools Week

Alison Comyn

Published 22/01/2014 | 05:28

The Lourdes Youth Choir, members of which will sing at the launch mass for Catholic Schools week this coming Sunday in St. Peter’s Church.
The Lourdes Youth Choir, members of which will sing at the launch mass for Catholic Schools week this coming Sunday in St. Peter’s Church.

DROGHEDA WILL play a big part this year during the national Catholic Schools Week 2014 (CSW), which will be running from this Sunday and will conclude the following Sunday, February 2.

DROGHEDA WILL play a big part this year during the national Catholic Schools Week 2014 (CSW), which will be running from this Sunday and will conclude the following Sunday, February 2.

Former Parish Priest of St Mary's Church, Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin will launch the week of events in Dublin, and St. Peter's Parish Church, West Street, will host the televised launch Mass on Sunday morning.

'It is the perfect chance to show off our beautiful town as the Mass is in honour of Drogheda and of the head of St. Oliver, which of course is housed in St Peter's,' explained Monsignor Jim Carroll.

'Each school, primary and secondary, in the Parish, will play some role in the Mass, which of course will be celebrated by Archbishop Eamon Martin, Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh.'

The theme for CSW 2014 is 'Catholic Schools: Places of Faith and Learning', and Bishop Nulty will be joined by students and staff of Saint Dominic's College, Cabra, and will comprise a liturgy and discussion on this year's theme 'Catholic Schools: Places of Faith and Learning', involving over 200 students and staff from 14 local schools as well as representation from across the country

'There will also be various events in each school, many of which will focus on our community, and the role played by students as well as parents, grandparents and teachers,' he adds.

'Our Lourdes Youth Choir, along with St Peter's Male Voice Choir and Greenhills Choir, will contribute to the liturgy of the Mass which will be broadcast at 11 a.m. by RTÉ radio and television.'

He said the week is important from the point of view of identity, and examining our sense of belonging.

'Our value system is at the heart of the ethos,' he said, 'and we will also look at healing and forgiveness, as well as the integrity of life.'

Catholic Schools Week is an occasion to celebrate the work and achievement of Catholic Schools in Ireland, north and south.

Resources have been provided to all primary and post-primary schools to assist with the celebration of CSW2014.

This year's theme was chosen to highlight that all learning takes place in a values context.

Drogheda Independent

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