Catholic Schools Week Mass St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh 22 January 2014
Schools from all over the Archdiocese gathered with Cardinal Brady and Archbishop Eamon to celebrate the great work and living of the Gospel that characterizes our Catholic school communities. Next week is designated as Catholic Schools’ Week , a time of celebration and reflection about the importance of Catholic education. Many schools helped in the Liturgy of the Mass celebrated by Archbishop Eamon and the atmosphere set by the beautiful music and singing touched so many of those present. The five key words summing up the lived qualities that are a hallmark of Catholic schools formed part of the entrance procession. Welcome, Word, Wisdom, Worship & Witness. A beautiful telling and miming of the Gospel story “The call of Simon Peter and the miraculous catch of fish” laid a wonderful foundation to Archbishop Eamon’s homily stressing each of our call to be disciples leading others to Jesus in our world today. The prayers of the Faithful and Offertory procession were all a development of the themes and students took an enthusiastic part in these. Irish dancers led the gifts to the Altar and after Holy Communion all pledged to work afresh at all that makes our schools centres of faith and learning.