Retreat – 14th Nov

By all accounts the 6th years greatly enjoyed and had a very positive reaction to the retreat in Emmaus on Monday 14th. Here are a few photos that show some of the seniors in great form. (Apologies if you don’t appear here, but either the camera or the photographer had a faulty moment and a blurry picture was produced – sorry!)


Remembering the Dead – Prayer Service

In order to remember those souls of those who have passed, the College is having a prayer service on Monday 14th November at 6.45pm in the College Chapel. We will pray in particular for those who had any connection to the College – such as members of the Franciscan Community, teachers, students from past times, as well as relatives and friends of current students, teachers and other staff members. Our College Chaplain, Fr Brendan, has been gathering lists of names from students and staff members who would like someone to have a special mention. All are invited to be present.

May the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Term 1 Exam (3rd Year)

Third years, it is time to start preparing for the Term 1 Exams. They are just around the corner now and will be held during the week of November 21st.

The Religion exam will be one hour long. The topics that you need to cover for the test are:

Chapter 19 – The World of Ritual

Chapter 20 – Experiencing Worship, Sign and Symbol

Chapter 22- Prayer

Please study notes in copy as well as book. Learn all definitions too. Good luck with your revision!

Term 1 Exam (2nd Year)

Second years, it is time to start preparing for the Term 1 Exams. They are just around the corner now and will be held during the week of November 21st.

The Religion exam will be one hour long. The topics that you need to cover for the test are:

Chapter 6 – Evidence about Jesus

Chapter 7 – The Person and Preaching of Jesus

Chapter 8 – The Death and Resurrection of Jesus (up to the Last Supper – p.75)

Please study notes in copy as well as book. Learn all definitions too.Good luck with your revision!

A note for 2A2 – You did Chapter 6 in first year, so we will take a lesson or two to revise this topic before the test.

Visit to Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland

As part of the Junior Cert Religion Syllabus, all third years will be visiting the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland.

In addition to the foundations of Christianity, Christian Communities of Faith, the Expression of Faith and the Moral Challenge, the study of other Major World Religions is part of the course. Therefore, having studied Islam in second year, the Junior Certs will have a tour of the mosque in Clonskeagh and gain an insight into Islamic beliefs and practices.

3A1 and 3A2 are scheduled for this trip on Tuesday the 29th November – leaving school at about 12 noon and returning at about 4pm. We look forward to this visit as a step towards tolerance and respect between members of different faiths.

Third Year Project

Hello third years,

I hope you are all researching as much as possible for your Junior Cert Religion Project. Here is a reminder of the titles you can choose from:


1. Communities of Faith:

A case study on how one community of faith today is addressing both the needs of  individuals and the needs of the community.

2. Foundations of Religion – Christianity:

An investigation into the reasons why Jesus came into conflict with two of the  following:

Pharisees              Sadducees             Romans

3. Foundations of Religion – Major World Religions:

A study of the historical and geographical origins of one of the major world religions:

Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism

 4. Foundations of Religion – Major World Religions:

All world religions have had a key moment in their development. A reflection on the impact of a time of persecution on the development of one of the following major world religions:

Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism

 5. The Question of Faith

 A profile of the way in which religious belief can be seen in the life of a person associated with the founding story of one of the following major world religions:

Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism

6. The Celebration of Faith

An examination of the meaning of two religious symbols associated with the sacrament of Baptism in a Christian denomination.


Here is a reminder of different sources of information you should try to include:

Class work, other books, the library, the internet, interview with a relevant person, a suitable survey, attendance of a relevant ceremony or occasion, visit a relevant place and so on….

Try to have a variety of sources and don’t forget to  LIST ALL YOUR SOURCES, please.

GOOD LUCK with the research!



6th Year Retreat

“Come away by yourself and rest awhile.” Mark 6:31

6th Years, your retreat is just around the corner. It is a well-needed opportunity to take a break from the hectic pace and the relentless demands of life as a Leaving Cert student.

The aim of the retreat is to create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where young people can find space to be themselves. The team tries to help students reflect on the kind of people that they are as well as the relationships that are in their lives; always accentuating the positive. In a non-threatening way the team highlights the link to, as well as the importance of, the spiritual dimension of life. An appropriate prayer experience will be provided for the students. Utilizing the elements of discussion, drama, art, video, personal reflection and more each retreat is tailored to the particular needs of the group.

Half of you will go to Emmaus Retreat Centre near Swords on Monday 14th November and the other half will go on Tuesday 15th. The programme for the day begins at 9.45am and finishes at 3.30pm. Embrace this valuable chance and make the most of the day. Please bear in mind that the Franciscan Community at the College is offering the retreat to you as a gift; students at other schools pay for themselves. A great debt of gratitude is owed to the Friars for their generosity.

Tuesdays with Morrie

“Tuesdays With Morrie” is the story of Mitch Albom’s relationship with his college professor, Morrie Schwartz. Mitch had not been in touch with Morrie for 16 years. One night while watching TV Mitch was surprised to see his old college professor being interviewed byTed Koppel on the “Nightline” programme about what it was like to die from Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch felt both horrified and ashamed. He had shared a wonderful relationship with Morrie as his professor but had made no effort to see him since he had graduated. Immediately he made contact with his old professor and friend, flew to Boston for a reunion, and began to visit Morrie on a weekly basis. During their weekly visits Mitch quickly became aware that not only was he rekindling his relationship with Morrie but that he was also tackling a larger subject, the meaning of life.


  • As we are reading about Morrie’s way of dealing with his approaching death, add a comment referring to some of your favourite quotes or key moments, please.
  • Now that you’ve finished your project on a mentor in your life, add a comment saying what you learned about your mentor or from your mentor.

The Month of November

November is a month when Catholics remember the dead. —In the ninth century, the Church officially designated Nov 1st  as All Saints’ Day – a celebration commemorating all saints (people who we are sure are in heaven). It is a holy day of obligation so Catholics attend Mass on this day.

November 2nd is All Souls’ Day. On this day we commemorate all those who have died and are now in Purgatory being cleansed of their venial sin and atoning before fully entering Heaven.

Praying for the dead is a Christian obligation. The Church devotes the month of November to praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.