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Bishop Ray Browne’s visit to St Brigid’s

On Friday 19th January our school community was delighted to welcome Bishop Ray Browne, Bishop of Kerry, Tomás Kenny, Diocesan Advisor for post primary schools and Mary Fagan, researcher and presenter of Horizons radio programme on Radio Kerry. During a specially prepared service with 6th and 1st year students, Bishop Ray launched Catholic Schools Week 2018, the theme of which is Catholic Schools: Called to be a Family of Families. The programme, which will run from the 28th January to 4th February, invites Catholic schools to reflect on and celebrate the relationship that exists between home, school and parish.

In preparation for this special day in our school, students spent some time in Religious Education classes contemplating what Family means to them and then displayed family photos in the school library and on the corridors. The Art classes were busy creating a symbolic collage that encapsulated their understanding of School, Family and Parish and how interconnected our lives are. The voices of the choir added their unique contribution to our ceremony.

Students wrote prayers and reflections in their Religious Education classes and these were recorded by Mary Fagan and will be aired on Radio Kerry during Catholic Schools Week. Symbols of our school’s ethos and heritage such as the CEIST charter and our Presentation school crest were a focal point and three special candles were lit during the ceremony representing our school community, our parish and our families.

Bishop Ray also spoke to students and staff about the World Meeting of Families 2018 which will be hosted in Dublin from 21-26th August. Families and others from all over the world will gather to celebrate their lives together, to share their experiences from different parts of the world, to reflect on the different challenges they face and to grow together in faith. This event presents a special opportunity for school families to celebrate not only the fact that parents are the primary educators of their children but also the vital role that Catholic schools play in assisting parents.