On December 6th, 2017, John Paul II leader Grace Keevans, accompanied students to their Awards Ceremony in Carlow. Receiving Bronze John Paul II awards were - Nicole Jordan and Lauren Jordan, 5th year. Receiving Gold awards were - Sarah Freely, Anna Rooney, Hannah Divney, Molly Behan-Cahill, Alannah Gill, Cliodhna O'Neill and Claire McNamee in 5th year. Receiving Papal Cross awards were Andrina Faherty, Jennifer Carroll and Eimear Ryan in 6th year and Anna Keevans in 5th year.
The school crib, an Advent wreath, posters, the Jesse tree and stained glass window effects were just some of the artefacts used to decorate the reception area, trophy press area and the prayer room for Advent and Christmas. The Student Council did not light the lights on the Christmas tree until December 8th. Prayers acknowledging the feast of the Immaculate Conception and other Advent prayers were read over the intercom each week for Advent.
Class prayer services are being organised by all teachers and celebrated in the prayer room, during Advent.
On Monday, December 4th, 2017, we acknowledged the death of past colleague, Dympna Murray-Fennell. A prayer in her honour was read over the intercom and a photo of her was placed in the school's reception area, surrounded by flowers and candles.
Faith-in-action events -
Over 200 shoe-boxes were made by students in the school for the charity, Team Hope. They were collected on Friday, November 24th, 2017. Team Hope were delighted at the very positive response by the students to this initiative.
The annual St. Vincent de Paul food-drive also took place on the week of Dec. 4th - 8th, 2017. John Paul II Award students accepted food gifts each morning in the Assembly hall. 29 boxes of food were collected by the charity on the morning of Dec. 8th. 4T and 1L were especially helpful on the final day of the drive, in boxing and delivering the collected food-gifts.
Our Christmas mass took place on Thursday, December 21st, in the parish church, celebrated by F. Liam and supported by Mr. D. Lanigan, Ms. M. Mannion, the school choir and orchestra. Our heartfelt thanks.
Our reception area and prayer room were decorated by our John Paull II students focusing on the theme 'In November we remember'. Prayers were read over the intercom on Monday mornings, throughout the month. Staff and students are invited to visit the Prayer Room during November to write the names of deceased loved ones on the tree of remembrance. These actions mirror those at parish level, connecting our school to our outlying parishes and communities.
Preparations for Christmas have begun. Many students are putting together shoe boxes for the Team Hope Christmas appeal. As a result of consultation with the Student Council, junior students in the school will be asked to prepare bag-packs for the homeless, one pack per class. Senior students will be asked to contribute to the St. Vincent de Paul food-drive.
Christmas Mass will take place on Thursday, December 21st, at 2.30 pm.
Daily intercom references drew Students' attention to the Parish Novena, October 6th - 14th 2017.
In addition to the curriculum this month, RE classes focused on the Rosary and mission awareness.
John Paul II students, with support from RE classes, decorated the prayer room and reception area of the school. In their work, they especially focused on the message of Pope Franciswhere he has asked that, as part of the Church's focus on families, we should remember three basic phrases, 'Please', 'Thank You' and 'I am sorry'. John Paul II students will sell Rosary beads to first year students, encouraging them to develop their prayer life. The bracelets were supplied by St. Martin Apostolate in support of our 'Wear your Faith' initiative. Fr. Liam Morgan will bless the bracelets, later in the year.
TYs went on retreat to Emmaus, Swords, Co. Dublin, on Tuesday, Oct 17th and on Thursday, October 19th. Harvest Festival was celebrated on Monday,
October 23rd, in the Assembly Hall.
Friday morning break-time prayer in the Prayer Room is resuming. All students are welcome.
We welcome new RE teachers, Ms. Doheny and Mr. Whelan to the RE team. Ms. Cuddy and Ms. O Humphreys are this year's RE Coordinators.
Mercy Day Mass was held on Friday, Sept 22nd. Fr. Liam celebrated the mass at 11.45a.m. The Music Dept., as always, gave their full support to enhance our celebration.
Our Faith Development plan for the year is being updated maintaining many of our faith initiatives from last year. We will enlist the support of our John Paul II Awardstudents in decorating the prayer room and school reception area for various liturgical events and seasons throughout the year.
RE teachers brought first year classes to the Prayer room to see the relic of Padre Pio and learn about his prayer - 'Pray, hope and don't worry'.