Each year, the Religious Education classes decide on a theme for the year and this theme is reflected in the music and art work for the Opening of the Year Mass.
“Bless Our School and Keep Us Safe"
Religious Education is a very important subject on the Curriculum. Prayer and participation in the Liturgy are essential aspects of Religious Education.
The Prayer Room is used by staff and students for prayer and reflection in the course of the day. Teachers bring their R.E. classes to the Prayer Room on a regular basis. Opportunities are provided for prayer, class and school Masses, penitential services and confessions. Days of Reflection are held annually for each class group. The School Chaplain visits the school on a regular basis and is available for all Liturgical services.
• Students prepare para-liturgies for Advent, Lent and Feast Days
• At least four times in the course of the year the entire school comes together for Liturgical celebration:
- Opening of the Year Mass in September,
- November Liturgy for the Holy Souls,
- Mass of the Gifts at Christmas
- Sixth Year Mass in May.
The students prepare the prayers and music and organise the offertory procession and communion reflections.
At Christmas, a large number of students collect money and prepare hampers for various charities. This is an important way of raising awareness of the needs of the Third World and of those less fortunate in the local community.
The very first live-streamed Opening of the Year Mass took place in Ursuline. The theme for the Year ‘Bless our School and Keep Us Safe’ was vividly captured in song, music& word. Thanks to Fr Jim for his beautiful homily, a reminder that the human spirit of hope will always triumph.
The Mass can be viewed in the video below. The mass starts at 20 mins in .
Sunday 9 May marked an important and historic anniversary for the Ursuline Order in Ireland. It was on this day, two hundred and fifty years ago that four Ursuline nuns arrived in Cork and so began the Irish branch of the Order.
The Irish Ursuline Sisters had been invited to come by Nano Nagle, who would later establish the Presentation Order. Nano, a progressive and pioneering woman, wanted to improve the lives of girls in Cork through education. Four Ursuline Sisters, Elizabeth Coppinger, Mary Kavanagh, Eleanor Fitzsimons, Margaret Nagle, became the nucleus of the Ursuline Order in Ireland. From Cove Street in Cork they would spread out to found Schools in Waterford, Sligo, Dublin and of course Thurles.
The Prayer Service below was broadcast to each and every classroom, praying for the Ursuline Sisters and thanking them for their for their work down the years. In the generations since coming to Ireland, the Ursulines have made a huge contribution to Education and instilling Christian values in those who attended their Schools.