This is the theme of Catholic Education Week in 2011.
To launch this year’s celebration of Catholic Education, Bishop Joseph Devine, President of the Catholic Education Commission, visited St Ninians’ Primary School in Hamilton where he spoke with some young people who have fond memories of the Pope’s arrival in Scotland.
These young people were among one thousand pupils from Scotland’s St Ninian schools who paraded along Princes Street in Edinburgh in front of 200,000 spectators to greet the arrival in Scotland of Pope Benedict XVI on the Feast Day of their school patron – 16th September.
The visit gave Bishop Devine, who was wearing a scarf of St Ninian’s Day Tartan, the perfect opportunity to ask these young people about their memories of the day. The pupils had recently been reflecting on the Pope’s words when he asked them to “grow in holiness” and “become saints of the 21st century”.
Throughout Catholic Education Week, Catholic schools, parishes and families are being asked to reflect on the Pope’s invitation to become saints by not being “content with second best” in their lives. The Catholic Education Week materials provided by SCES to schools and parishes have been designed to explore the Pope’s words spoken to young people during his visit to the UK.