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Faith Development


The programme incorporates the recommended approach to religious education for the reception of the sacraments of Penance, Holy Communion and Confirmation, which is undertaken by the school in close cooperation with parents and parish.


As well as the programme, which is taught in each class, there are many aspects of religion, which are undertaken by the whole school together.


The Management, Staff and the children, decide on appropriate and meaningful icons, pictures and statues to display throughout the school building.  These speak  of people, events and ideas with which children can identify or through which they can be led to some new understanding of God.


The major Catholic and local feasts are celebrated.  They are also marked with the aid of signs and symbols displayed in a public and prominent place throughout the school and/or in a dedicated sacred space, e.g.


  • Advent – the Advent wreath and Jesse tree, Confessions,

  • Christmas – tree and crib,

  • Feast of St. Brigid – traditional crosses,

  • Feast of St. Patrick – depiction of story and shamrock,

  • Lent – symbols of repentance and ashes, Confessions,

  • Easter – symbols of the new life of resurrection, the empty tomb,

  • Pentecost – artistic depiction of the coming of the Holy Spirit

  • May Alter, Rosary, Hymns,

  • Novena of Grace (CHOIR).



Liturgical and paraliturgical celebrations are held in common on some occasions e.g


  • The opening and closing of the school year,

  • Some of the above feasts,

  • Blessing of the throats, Feast of St. Blaise,

  • The patronal feast of the school,

  • Mercy Day, 24th Sept,

  • Carol Service at Christmas,

  • Ash Wednesday.


And for other occasions which from time to time are considered appropriate to celebrate or to mark.

In all matters pertaining to the education of children and especially in religious education we acknowledge the primacy of the place held in this process by the parents or guardians of the children.  We see our role as being supportive of the role of parents and parish.


In  Scoil Chaitríona, Faith Development and Pastoral Care can best be described  in our Vision Statement: 

    To our children we give self-confidence and belief in their own God –given talents, that they may achieve their full potential, while showing respect for others and our world. Tá an Tiarna anseo

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