Children celebrate their faith
The Bishop of Ferns, Dr. Denis Brennan has said families should appreciate the important role of grandparents in the lives of children.
Bishop Brennan made his comment as he launched Catholic Schools Week, which began on Sunday (January 26) and is running until February 2.
Grandparents Day is one of the week's events.
'There is a special bond between grandparents and grandchildren,' said the Bishop as he visited Kilrane national school for the launch.
'Can I again encourage parishes and schools to organise an event which might celebrate the grandparents of our schoolchildren.'
'In many cases, they assist in a very positive and fruitful way in handing on the faith to their grandchildren,' he said.
Bishop Brennan said the week celebrates all the Catholic schools that are at the very heart of every parish in the diocese.
'Education is never just the transmission of facts, dates, names and places. It carries with it a deeper meaning as it seeks to transmit values to the pupils, and to awaken in them an awareness of the one who is at the heart of all education – Christ,' he said.
'What we do in our Catholic schools in the service of the child, is to strive to put Christ at the centre of the entire endeavour.'
'Catholic Schools week is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the identity of our Catholic schools - primary and post-primary.'
'It is also an opportunity to give thanks for all who are willing to be part of the Christian endeavour,' said the Bishop.
During regular visits to schools around the diocese, he is always gratified to see teachers, pupils, parents and boards of management working together 'towards the aim of giving each child in that school the best possible experience of school that they can have', he said.
The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2014 is 'Places of Faith and Learning'..
Resource packs provided by the Episcopal Conference have been sent to every school in the diocese.