“The Church too must be a large room. Not a small and closed circle, but a community with arms wide open, welcoming to all. Let us ask ourselves this question: when someone approaches who is hurting, who has made a mistake, who has gone astray in life, is the Church, this Church, a room large enough to welcome this person and lead him or her to the joy of an encounter with Christ? Let us not forget that the Eucharist is meant to nourish those who are weary and hungry along the way. A Church of the pure and perfect is a room with no place for anyone. On the other hand, a Church with open doors, that gathers and celebrates around Christ, is a large room where everyone – everyone, the righteous and sinners – can enter.”
6th June 2021
For Catholic Education Week 2021, resources are provided to support schools and parishes to address the theme: “Celebrating and Worshiping”. While these can be used throughout Catholic Education Week itself, many can be used at other times throughout the school year, leading to a deeper understanding of the theme.
Pastoral letter for schools and parishes for Catholic Education Week from Bishop Gilbert, President Bishops’ Conference of Scotland
Resources for use in schools
Organised within “Primary” and “Secondary” folders, various learning activities are outlined with links to specific resources to support these. Teachers can select and adapt the suggested Learning Activities for each sector to meet the needs of pupils at various stages. Some background reading materials are suggested for teachers.
Resources for use in Parishes
Intercessory Prayers, Speaker Notes, Children’s Liturgy and Sermon materials for Sunday Mass are provided.
Resources for use by Parents
Some of the materials provided for Primary and Secondary school learning activities could be used in the family setting.
Catholic Education Week Prayer
for a SWAY version of the CEW prayerCEW Prayer final