Pastoral Team

April 2013

The Holy Spirit


The month of April is dedicated to the Holy Spirit. The entire month falls during the Easter Season. The liturgical colour is white - the colour of light, a symbol of joy, purity and innocence.


March 2013

Busy Month


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 March 24th - 31st - Holy Week


The Holy week cermonies began on Palm Sunday and continued until the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. 




st patricks day


March 17th - St Patrick's Day


  Happy St Patrick's Day to you all.



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March 16th - Confirmation 


Congratulations to the 53 boys and girls from St. Colman's who were confirmed in the Cathedral today. We hope you had an enjoyable day with your family.





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March 13th - Habemus Papam


White smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel shortly after 6pm this evening. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected Pope. The 76 year old Jesuit will be known as Pope Francis. This is the first time a Pope has been called Francis. He was elected on the fifth vote on the second day of the conclave.




March 12th - Who will be the next Pope


The Pastoral team have come up with a novel way to get us all thinking and talking about who our next Pope might be. They have decided to hold a sweepstake. The Sacred Space has information on all the 115 Cardinals who entered the Sistine Chapel today. On Pastoral F.M., Ms Healy explained how the conclave works and invited everyone to enter the competition. A box was left in the Sacred Space for entries. Now we just have to wait for that white smoke!




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March 9th - Golden Jubilee 


We would like to congratulate Bishop Michael Smith, who celebrates his Golden Jubilee today. Bishop Smith was ordained a priest 50 years ago by Cardinal Traglia at the Lateran Basilica in Rome. He was ordained a bishop on 29th January 1984 and was appointed Bishop Of Meath in 1990.

We wish him good health to continue his ministry for many years to come. 


February 2013

Lent 2013

The Lenten season began on Ash Wednesday February 13th and will last for forty days, ending on Easter Sunday. Traditionally we think of Lent as a time when we give up something, sweets playstation etc. It reminds us of the forty days that Jesus fasted in the desert. It can also be a time when we start something, kind acts for others, saying a special prayer of thanks at bedtime or just having a kind word for someone you meet during your day. We also remember people who are worse off than ourselves during Lent, by contributing to the Trocaire box. 

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January 2013

Catholic Schools Week

January 27th - February 2nd


The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2013 is 'Catholic Schools in the Community of Faith: Sharing the Good News.' We are asked to be mindful of two major issues for the year 2013, Year of Faith and Share the Good News.

pastoral team f.m. - resident d.j.sThroughout the month of January, the Pastoral Team have been preparing us for CSW on Pastoral F.M. The daily D.J.'s gave out information and had quizs to get us thinking! The Feast Day of three Saints fell during CSW - Monday 28th - St Thomas Aquinas, Thurdsay 31st - St John Bosco and Friday 1st - St Brigid.

The highlight of the week was on Wednesday 30th. A prayer service was held in St. Paul's Church to mark Grandparents Day. Many Grandparents took part in the service along-side their grandchildren. Everyone was invited back to the school hall for refreshments after the service.



December 2012

Christmas Preparations


Our Sacred Space is filled this month with symbols and information to prepare us for the birth of Jesus. We have a beautiful hand-made Crib, an Advent Wreath, a Jessie Tree and many information cards explaining the meaning of Advent.

This year we also had 'Pastoral Team FM'. Every couple of days, our resident D.J.'s, Whitney and Simon, spoke to the school over the intercom. They posed questions  about Christmas traditions and gave children the opportunity to leave their answers in a box which was placed in Our Sacred Space. This certainly got everybody thinking!The correct answers were then called out the following day. 

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