Catholic Education Week

THE THEME FOR 2023/2024

“Pilgrims of Faith”

“The beauty of the Christian faith lies not in its theological explanations but in the lives of people who dedicate themselves to prayer, charity and sharing the Gospel..Be discoverers of beauty, seekers of the treasures of faith…because faith cannot remain a memory of the past, something ‘museum-like.’ No, it always lives again in the joy of the Gospel, in the community made up of people, in the assembly of those who experience mercy and recognize themselves as brothers and sisters loved by God by grace…

Always remember: the witness of life communicates the beauty of faith,”

Pope Francis


Catholic Education Week  takes place each year from the Feast of St Margaret of Scotland (16th November) until the Feast of St Andrew (30th November).  Schools and parishes are asked to consider which week within this fortnight best suits their local community for marking this important aspect of the school year.

The Catholic Church in Scotland encourages schools, parishes and other agencies to work closely together in order to celebrate the successes of Catholic education particularly during one week each year.  The purpose of Catholic Education Week is to highlight the significance of education, not only for young people but for society as a whole.  Students, parents, teachers and others are asked to reflect on their own roles in the education process –  at home, in school, in the local parish and in other educational settings.

SCES provides support materials linked to each year’s chosen theme to assist schools and parishes in their own plans to draw attention to the added value which Catholic schools bring across Scotland. Promotional events, liturgical celebrations, particular classroom lessons and school activities are encouraged in schools and parishes throughout this week.  The materials provided can be used at other times of the year.

The theme for 2024/25 is “pilgrims of hope”, the theme for the Jubilee year
The theme for 2025/26 is “Pilgrims of love”