Nurturing the growth of faith in the child is primarily the right and responsibility of the parents. As a Catholic school we support parents in fulfilling their obligation.
The school provides religious education for the Catholic children attending the school.
Throughout the school year religious celebrations take place either in the school or in the greater parish community. The Religious programme followed in our school is Grow in Love.
Each year children in Second Class can involve themselves in the preparation and reception of First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Children preparing for First Holy Communion partake in a programme called “Do This In Memory”. This is run by parents and members of the parish community.
Currently the Sacrament of Confirmation is administered in St. Kevin’s Parish every second year. This involves children from 5th and 6th classes. During the Confirmation year, children are involved in some of the Sunday Liturgies in St. Kevin’s Church. Pupils preparing for Confirmation partake in the “You Shall Be My Witness” programme. This is run by parents and members of the parish community.
Grow In Love
Grow In Love is designed to be used both in school and at home. It also provides links with the local parish community.
Grow in Love’s Note to Parents
The programme offers you the opportunity to teach your child about the faith that you chose for them in Baptism. The programme recommends some simple things that you can do at home to help your child in grow in faith:
Create a Prayer Space in your child’s bedroom using religious articles such as a cross/crucifix, holy water, a candle, etc.
Place a holy water font at the front door and bless yourself as you leave the house.
Do acts of kindness with your child, such as donating their good quality toys and clothes to a local charity shop.
Make the Sign of the Cross when you pass a church.
Visit the church at a quiet time and chat to your child about what they see.
Bring your child to Mass.
Pray simple prayers as the Morning/Night Prayer, Grace Before/After Meals and the Our Father/Hail Mary as a family.
Father in heaven, you love me,
You’re with me night and day.
I want to love you always
In all I do and say.
I’ll try to please you, Father.
Bless me through the day. Amen.
God, our Father, I come to say
Thank you for your love today.
Thank you for my family,
And all the friends you give to me.
Guard me in the dark of night,
And in the morning send your light. Amen.
Grace before Meals
Bless us, O God, as we sit together.
Bless the food we eat today.
Bless the hands that made the food.
Bless us, O God. Amen
Grace after Meals
Thank you, God, for the food we have eaten.
Thank you, God, for all our friends.
Thank you, God, for everything.
Thank you, God. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with tee.
Blessed art thou among women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God,
Pray for us sinners now,
And at the hour of our death.
Useful link on Religious Education: diocesan website www.education.dublindiocese.ie
St. Kevin’s Church
Constituted / History: Constituted in the Middle of the Sixth Century.
Parish Note: Office is open from 10.00am to 1.00pm on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday.
Co-Parish Priest: Fr. Oliver Crotty
Phone: Office 0404 45777
Address: Laragh, Glendalough, Co Wicklow
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (parish); email@example.com (Hermitage)