Catholic Schools Week 2021 AMIDST COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS

Catholic Schools Week 2021 will be celebrated from Sunday 24 January to Sunday 31 January 2021 on the theme ‘Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith and Resilience’.  


During COVID 19 Schools are now used to working in class bubbles for safety. Any large gatherings are not safe and most schools are currently offering on-line learning. Our normal Diocesan Gatherings at the end of January are not feasible and for this reason we offer some resources and a prayer service that could be offered online so that this important point in the Catholic Schools Year can still be marked.

We have prepared a service using symbols for the KEY DAILY THEMES. Students might decorate these in colours and laminate them to suspend from a small tree at home or as a mobile using coat hangers. If you are a special school with children attending school in class bubbles you might suspend these from the trees we planted last year. Bishop Michael blessed these trees in Portadown last year.

For CSW 2021 Archbishop Eamon has recorded a message directly speaking to students. He situates this into their lives coping with learning at home, family life in the pandemic and new school realities and learning situations. He thanks students and gives them his blessing for this year. This is available to view above. 


Click here to access resources prepared by the national body for Catholic Schools.  

Click here to access outline of Catholic Schools Week themes and outline of suggested celebration at local level amidst Covid 19 restrictions.  

Click here to access suggested “Local Prayer Service” for Catholic Schools Week 2021

Click here for activity and resource for use in “Local Prayer Service”.



Over the past two years schools have made a small contribution for an outreach to an educational project in Africa. £500 was sent the last two years through the Franciscan Missionary Sisters at Mount Oliver Dundalk to a school in EMBICO.

Please consider sending an offering made out to “Archdiocese of Armagh” and post to Ara Coeli Cathedral Rd Armagh BT61 7QY

Please mark your envelope CSW 2021.