Mount Mercy College picked to launch Catholic Schools Week
A CORK school will make history by launching one of the biggest events in the Church's Irish calendar.
Mount Mercy College in Cork will next month launch the 2016 Catholic Schools Week.
The event aims to celebrate the Catholic schools ethos and ranks as one of the largest schools events organised each year in Ireland.
A new 'Grow in Love' religious education programme will also be unveiled as part of the 2016 programme.
Catholic Schools Week runs from January 31 to February 6 and will be launched with a special Mass to be broadcast on RTE which will feature students from both Mount Mercy and Saint Pius X primary school in Templeogue in Dublin.
Irish church leaders plan to use the special week of events to complement Pope Francis' programme for the 'Year of Mercy' in 2016.
Mount Mercy principal, Padraigin Ui Riordain, said being asked to launch Catholic Schools Week was a huge honour for the Cork school.
“We are delighted to be chosen to launch this national celebration of Catholic education," she said.
"We look forward to welcoming the wider Catholic community to our school in Cork for this special event. The words of Pope Francis ‘Mercy is the spirit that awakens us’ will inspire the community of Mount Mercy College to participate wholeheartedly in, and celebrate, this spiritually enriching occasion at a milestone in our school tradition, having just celebrated our Golden Jubilee.”
“The upcoming Year of Mercy for the Universal Church, and the official launch of Catholic Schools Week, is an opportunity for us to focus on our traditions and at the same time to look forward with anticipation to our future, to the challenge of proclaiming God’s mercy as we promote tolerance, respect and inclusiveness, whilst we explore the possibilities for all in our daily work and the many charities and causes which we support,” she added