This week is Catholic Schools Week around the country. We will be celebrating this in the classroom all week. Tomorrow we are have a grandparents day for all of first class.
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.
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!
This week is National Catholic Schools Week. To celebrate this important week in the school calendar, we are having grandparents’ day on Thursday. Also every day this week a student from 6th class will read a reflection to the rest of the school over the intercom. Today is St. Brigid’s Day and below are 5 facts about St. Brigid that you might no know
1. St. Brigid’s Day, on February 1st, officially marks the start the pagan festival of spring.
2. It is also known as ‘Imbolc’, or the Feast of Brigid, It celebrates the arrival of longer, warmer days and the early signs of spring.
3. According to tradition, Saint Brigid was born at Fochart (or Fothairt), near Dundalk in Co Louth.
4. It is one of the four major “fire” festivals, referred to in Irish mythology. The other three festivals are Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain.
5. She is often referred to as ‘Brigit of Kildare’, and was said to be the founder of several monasteries of nuns, including that of Kildare.