Catholic Schools Week 2023 will be celebrated in parishes across the island from this Sunday 22 January to Sunday 29 January next with the theme ‘Walking Together in Faith & Love’.
The theme for CSW this year will draw on three features of the Synodal Pathway: ‘Communion, Participation and Mission’. During the week, families, parishes and schools, North and South, will reflect on the gift of Catholic education and, in a variety of ways, will seek to recognise the love and generosity of the entire school community: student, staff and home.
Speak ahead of CSW Mr Alan Hynes, chief executive of the Catholic Education Partnership, said, “Catholic Schools Week is a celebration of the contribution that Catholic education has provided to individuals, to society, and to the global common good. Over this special week, students will reflect on their own relationship with God, with their school community, and with their families. Inspired by the teachings of Pope Francis, our schools are encouraged to help bring joyful hope to our collective future through a relationship with Jesus.”
Bishop Tom Deenihan of Meath, who is chairperson of the Council for Education of the Bishops’ Conference, will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar, to mark Catholic Schools Week 2023.
CSW resources have been made available on Catholic Education Partnership | Ireland drawing on scriptural reflections on journey, prayer, student voice, and (spiritual) wellbeing, with the following daily emphases:
Monday Walking Together in Faith
Tuesday Walking Together in Love (In our school community, themes of inclusion)
Wednesday Walking Together to Celebrate – Grandparents’ Day (Celebrating those who help us on the journey of faith, themes of inclusion of the elderly in society Pope Francis’ Message for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 2022)
Thursday Walking Together to Transform our World (Themes of environment – Laudato Si’ – and Mission)
Friday Walking Together in Hope