Pastoral Team

February 1st 2017

St Brigid's Day 

 

st brigidToday is St Brigid's Feast Day, also known as Lá Fhéile Bhríde and it marks the first day of Spring. St Brigid was born at Faughart near Dundalk, Co Louth and is one of Ireland's patron saints, along with Patrick and Columba. Although St Brigid may not be as well known as St Patrick, she was one of the most powerful women in Ireland. After refusing an arranged marriage, she went on to found several convents whose schools provided an education for thousands of young women.copy of st.brigidcross.jpg 2

 


 


One of the traditions associated with St Brigid is to make a St Brigid's Cross from fresh rushes. Some believe that the crosses have the power to protect the owner's home from harm.


Ms Healy's Third Class are pictured below with the St Brigid's Day crosses they made today.


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January 30th 2017

Catholic Schools Week

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catholic schools week 2017Catholic Schools Week 2017 takes place from January 29th - February 4th. The theme this year is 'Catholic schools: Learning with Pope Francis to care for our common home'. Today and every day this week, students will read prayers over the intercom at a chosen time and the entire school will be joined together in prayer.

 

May 22nd 2016

First Holy Communion

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Congratulations to the 52 boys and girls from Mrs Shiel's and Ms Hamill's Second Classes who received their First Holy Communion today in St Paul's Church. We hope you all had a lovely day with your family. 

 



February 25th 2016

First Confession


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Congratulations to the 62 boys and girls from First Class and the boy from Second Class who made their First Confession tonight in St Paul's Church. I'm sure they're all pleased to have taken the first step on the road to making their First Holy Communion.

 

January 6th 2016

Nollaig na mBan


three wise menToday, students and staff attended Mass in St Paul's Church at midday to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day, Little Christmas and Nollaig na mBan. The feast celebrates the visit of the Three Wise Men, to worship the newborn baby Jesus. Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. This marks the end of the Christmas Season.


 

March 13th 2015

Grandparents' Day

 

happy grandparents day 3After the heavy showers of rain yesterday, it was a wonderful surprise this morning to wake up to a clear day with bright sunshine. Today was a special day in St Colman's N.S. as we were having a day to celebrate 'Grandparents'. For the past few weeks, Ms Healy has been very busy organising p1030568 - copythe event and yesterday our school hall was transformed into an attractive old-fashioned 'Tea Room'.

The choir and orchestra were first to make their way to St Paul's Church, followed in turn by each class group and their teachers. Very soon, the school was empty and the church was filling up. At 11.15am, Mrs Garvey welcomed everyone and invited them back to the school for refreshments when p1080540 - copythe Service was over. The Service began and Fr Paul Crosbie made his way to the altar while the choir sang the entrance hymn. He expressed how happy he was that so many Grandparents could be with us on this special day. He invited four of our sixth class children to the altar who also said words of welcome in Irish, French, German and Afrikaans. We then had a 'Procession of Symbols' where students and their Grandparents walked together to the altar. Fr Paul reminded us of those Grandparents who couldn't be with us today and Mrs Garvey led the 'Service of Light'. Sixteen children from our senior classes together with Mrs Garvey carried candles to the altar to represent Grandparents who have died.p1080533 - copy Children were also invited to put leaves on our 'Tree of Remembrance'. We then had a very moving moment when four children from Mrs Walters' Fourth Class read self penned personal letters to their Grandparents in Heaven. There was quite a few teary eyed in the congregation at this point. We moved swiftly on to readings, prayers of the faithful and singing from the choir. Before the Service concluded, ten boys and girls gathered on the altar with their grandparents. It was heart warming to hear the children tells us just how much they loved their Grandparents. 

It was great to see so many return to the school afterwards. The children were so excited to show their Grandparents around the school.


CLICK HERE to read the 'Letters to Heaven'


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