St. Bridget is the patron saint of Ireland. We celebrate her Feast Day on the 1st of February. St. Bridget has many ways of spelling her name. Sometimes she is Brid or Breda and sometimes Brigid. She is known as” Muire na nGael”. She was born in County Meath but we associate her more with Kildare where she spent most of her adult life. When she was a young girl she heard St. Patrick preaching so she was amongst the first generation of Christians in Ireland. From a very early age she was known for her kindness and generosity. We also remember how she made a cross from reeds also to convert a pagan chieftain to Christianity.
Children from 1st-3rd Class will gather for our next Assembly on Friday. Prizes will be given to the winners of our Attendance awards and we will hear news from each class.
As May is the Month of Mary, we will sing the song ‘As I Kneel Before You / Ave Maria’ during our Assembly.
AS I KNEEL BEFORE YOU
As I kneel before you,
As I bow my head in prayer,
Take this day, make it yours
and fill me with your love.
All I have I give you,
Every dream and wish are yours,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of mine, present them to my Lord.
Mr. McCarthy’s and Ms. Dorman’s 2nd classes will be celebrating a very special occasion on Saturday 23rd April – their First Holy Communion! As well as receiving the Holy Bread, they will go to the top of the altar, say the ‘Ár nAthair’ and sing the song ‘We Come to You Lord Jesus’.
Have a listen to the recording below to practice the ‘Ár nAthair’. Listen to the prayer a few times and read the words along with the recording.
atá ar neamh,
go naofar d’ainm,
go dtaga do ríocht,
go ndéantar do thoil ar an talamh,
mar a dhéantar ar neamh.
Ár n-arán laethúil tabhair dúinn inniu,
agus maith dúinn ár bhfiacha,
mar a mhaithimidne dár bhféichiúna féin,
agus ná lig sinn i gcathú,
ach saor sinn ó olc.
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.
you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
We Come to You Lord Jesus
The first day of Lent is known as Ash Wednesday. Ashes are something that are left when something is burned. We use them as a symbol of being sorry for things they have done wrong and want to get rid of forever. The ashes come from last year’s palm crosses which are burned, mixed with holy water and placed in the shape of a cross on the forehead of each person. All classes received ashes today.
The three 1st classes were delighted to bring their grandparents to school today! We were proud to show off our songs, prayers and lovely artwork.
We hope all of the grandparents enjoyed our prayer service and know just how special they are to their grandchildren.
We remember especially all of our grandparents who couldn’t be with us today.
Thank you to Fr. John for leading the prayers and to Ms. Russell, Ms. Dolan and Mr. Sheekey for helping us prepare for the big day. Thanks also to the Parents Association for providing tea and coffee as well as some lovely buns and cakes!
Ms Griffin’s 5th class were busy making St Brigid’s day crosses from reeds today. It was tricky to get the hang of it, but we got there eventually!
The boys worked together to make a giant St Brigid’s cross to give to Mr Vance to mark the start of spring.
Thank you to Ava for her excellent photography of everyone’s work.
We are celebrating Grandparents’ Day on Thursday with a special prayer service. We would like to find out what makes grandparents so special! Leave a comment saying what you love best about your grandparents.
The children from 1st Class have invited their grandparents to a special prayer service as part of ‘Catholic Schools Week’. This will take place on Thursday 4th February in the school hall.
We will be singing two songs on the day – click play below to listen and/or practise at home!
‘Céad Míle Fáilte Romhat, A Íosa’
Céad míle fáilte romhat, a Íosa, a Íosa
Céad míle fáilte romhat, a Íosa
Céad míle fáilte romhat a Shlánaítheoir
Céad míle míle fáilte romhat, ‘Íosa, a Íosa
Glóir agus moladh duit, a Íosa, a Íosa
Glóir agus moladh duit, a Íosa
Glóir agus moladh duit, a Shlánaítheoir
Glóir, moladh agus buíochas duit, ‘Íosa, a Íosa.
‘We Thank You God’
I’m happy, I’m happy,
I’m happy through and through.
We thank God for happiness,
We thank you God, we do.
We thank God for friendliness…..
We thank God for cleverness……..
We thank God for gentleness……
We thank God for quietness…….
We thank God for thoughtfulness
We thank God for childhood, we thank you God we do