Catholic Schools Week 2020
The theme of this year’s Catholic Schools Week is ‘Catholic Schools: Living in Harmony with God’s Creation’. The theme encourages us to see that we all have a responsibility to care for the earth, not just for our own future, but for the future of every one of God’s creatures.
There are a number of activities lined up including a poster competition on the theme of ‘Living in Harmony with God’s Creation’.
Our Catholic School-Welcoming Diversity
By his life, Christ brought about reconciliation and peace. He has shown us the way to love and respect others. In order to offer deep respect to another religion or culture, we must make a special effort to understand it and learn more about it.
As a Catholic school we need to focus on what we have in common with other faiths and not on our differences – All are welcome.
Thought for the day for Catholic Schools Week
The theme of this year’s Catholic Schools Week is ‘Living in harmony with God’s creation.’
A stress is placed on the word ‘harmony.’ The peace pilgrim quote states that ‘when you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.’ Pope Francis points out that this can only come with a rejection of self-centredness and self-absorption. He also recognises the harmony that exists between God and the young person. Young people enrich the world and young people can change the world.
We are called to love our neighbour as ourselves. We all have responsibility to care for the earth for future generations. If we can overcome individualism, we will truly be able to bring about change in our society.
Today we celebrate the role that older people play in the lives of younger people. And vice versa! This is a very special relationship, the benefits of which knows no bounds for both the older and younger generations.
Today let us examine our own lifestyle and consider how we care for the Planet & God’s Creation. We need to examine the part we play to ensure the survival of the earth. We have to start with ourselves.
Each school has a mission statement: a statement of our aims and our values. It is a good time to think about the things that are valued in our schools. Are we a loving school? A forgiving school? A school where we trust one another? A school that helps one another? A school where every member is safe and includes everyone?
Think about the ways in which you contribute to this inclusion.