Bishop Deenihan to open Catholic Schools Week with live Mass

Bishop Tom Deenihan.

• Representatives of Schola Cantorum to provide music during the celebration of Mass at Christ the King Cathedral, Mullingar

Catholic Schools Week 2022 will be celebrated in parishes across the island from Sunday, January 23 through Sunday, January 30, and this year’s theme is: “Catholic Schools: Living Fully.”

To officially open Catholic Schools Week, Bishop Tom Deenihan of Meath, President of the Catholic Education Service and member of the Bishops Council for Education, will celebrate Mass on Sunday, January 23 at 11 a.m.

The liturgy will feature musicians from the Schola Cantorum of the Diocesan College of St Finian. There will also be attendance at the Loreto and Coláiste Mhuire Secondary School Mass, Mullingar.

Bishop Deenihan said, “Each year, Catholic Schools Week takes on greater significance for our local school community and our parish. Our Catholic schools prepare their students for this world, but also try to convey a sense of the Kingdom of God and the world to come.

“Catholic schools are renowned for the academic training they offer their students. Likewise, these schools contribute to society by encouraging the full development of the talents of their students. It is also true that many of these schools, especially at the post-primary level, are involved in social action projects that contribute to local communities.

“The past few years have illustrated the potential of students to influence policy and public debate and change the world for the better, making it a more welcoming, inclusive and welcoming place.

“This has been especially true with regard to ecology and environmental protection, a key message from Pope Francis and a theme of previous Catholic Schools Weeks.

“As we participate in Catholic Schools Week this year, we celebrate, in a special way, our following the teaching of Jesus by living life to the fullest through our thoughts, words and actions. In doing so, we are following the words of Jesus in the Gospel of John: “I have come that you may have life and have it to the full,” Bishop Deenihan said.

The full suite of #CSW2022 resources for primary and post-primary is now available at www.catholicschools.ie. Each resource explores the five daily themes of Catholic Schools Week:

Monday – Live fully with God

Tuesday – Living fully together

Wednesday (Grandparents Day) – Celebrating Being Together Again

Thursday – Living life in wonder and awe

Friday – Living Your Life and Facing the Future

• This mass will be broadcast live on https://www.mullingarparish.ie/livestream of Christ the King Cathedral, Mullingar

• Founded in 1970, the Schola Cantorum operates as a miniature music conservatory at St Finian’s College, Mullingar.

Its aim is to provide specialized musical education to girls and boys alongside their normal secondary education.

The Schola is an initiative of the Diocese of Meath and the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, see www.scholacantorum.ie.

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