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Pause for Thought


Thank you

Thank you to all the pupils who contributed to the ‘Soup kitchen Appeal’
Your generosity and thoughtfulness are very much appreciated.
- Sr. Marjorie


The New Year

The beginning of a New Year is a wonderful time for stopping to reflect on your life. You may want to review the year that has just passed, and make plans for the one ahead. I hope you enjoy and take time to reflect using the following images and prayers as a guide for your personal prayer. God Bless- Sr. Marjorie

Prayer for a New Beginning Lord, At the beginning of this new day, I offer you my life. Come take my voice, may the words I speak be filled with encouragement and goodness. Come take my hands, may the work they create be generous and giving. Come take my feet, may the journeys I walk be led by your Spirit within. Come take my life Lord, for I love your goodness, your kindness and your leading. Amen. Today as the new month begins I hope for you wonderful things That a new page is turning And fresh times will come I wonder what this month will bring. I pray for your days to feel bright For your sleep to be sweet in the night For your health to be full And your dreams to come true May your heart feel happy and light. Prayer for Students Dear God, This is such an exciting time. Full of hope, full of dreams, full of life. A great chance to learn, to take risks and explore, To gain new skills and grow up on the inside. A safe place to meet friends Join in and have fun, Such times of excitement and joy lie ahead. My prayer for them is that you God, would hold them in your love. May they know right from wrong. I ask for your strong hand to lead the way, Yet still give them the freedom to fly. It is such a great age to embrace life, Keep them shining in the light, All the time! Follow and cover, lead and protect Set them free and hold them, close every day. You are a heavenly Father to them. I know you will hear all I pray. Amen.

Year 8 Retreat

We here in St. Patrick’s are committed to enriching the life of everyone that passes through our school by living out the gospel values and seeing Jesus in each other. Our year 8 pupils were given the opportunity of a retreat experience. The had time outside the classroom to think and reflect. The ‘Siolta’ team came to the school to deliver the retreat. The theme chosen for the day was ‘Friendship’. The focus was to help them to develop and sustain friendships and to reflect on their progress so far in school as they journey to become the young people God created them to be. The pupils enjoyed the experience as you can see from their comments below.

‘Where there is faith, there is love; where there is love, there is peace; where there is peace, there is God; Where there is God, there is bliss’ – Sri Sathya

Year 8 retreat – pupil comments

It was good and I learned about other people

I enjoyed playing fruit bowl

The retreat was fun. I enjoyed the meditation, it was relaxing. It was a lot of fun working in teams and playing games

I enjoyed the retreat and they had some great team building exercises

I thought the retreat was very good and I would like to do it again

I had fun, met new people and learned more about God

The retreat was very calm and very relaxing

Best craic ever

I liked all the games

It was a nice day

I enjoyed spending time with my friends relaxing listening to the story and being able to write and colour

I thought the retreat was good. I liked all the fun activities

It was alright but I did not like sitting still for the long time

My experience at the retreat made me feel like I have lots of friends

It was fun with the games but overall I did not really enjoy it

I thought it was a nice interesting day

I really like the prayer with the candle in the middle with all of us around it

The retreat was good and educational

I liked the retreat and Bosco and Rachel were very helpful

I had a very good experience at the retreat, I thought it was very good and I enjoyed all the activities

I liked the retreat and would like more retreats in the future

I made new friends and had fun

My experience was some of it was fun and some of it was boring

I didn’t really like it

It was good fun and good craic – it made me think of other people

It was ok it would be better in the morning not during HE

Doing the bonding activities made a bond with others from other classes

It was not really that good and not much fun

I made lots of new friends and had lots of fun

Good thing was we got out of class and were with our friends we got to do fun stuff

It was alright it could have been more fun

The retreat was really good I had good fun it was 100/100

I liked the retreat, but it was not that necessary

It was fun and a good laugh

Making the towers was really fun

I liked making the tower out on newspaper and learning to work together

It got everybody up and doing something different

It was good because we worked on our team building The people doing the retreat with us were very nice and we got to do fun games

I liked working with others and playing the games

We got to experience different ways to follow our faith but at some instances it got a little boring

I learned how to be a good friend to God

The good thing was we got to be with our friends – the bad thing was our tower didn’t stand



Many Hearts


Jealous of the Angels

I share with you paricualarly those among who are grieving  -    the lyrics and the beautiful song "Jealous of the Angels "

for you to have a quiet moment to remember. 

                        and just sit back and reflect on good times with that person or persons.

+ light a candle.

Jealous of the Angels

I didn't know today would be our last Or that I'd have to say goodbye to you so fast I'm so numb, I can't feel anymore Prayin' you'd just walk back through that door And tell me that I was only dreamin' You're not really gone as long as I believe


There will be another angel Around the throne tonight Your love lives on inside of me, And I will hold on tight It's not my place to question, Only God knows why I'm just jealous of the angels Around the throne tonight You always made my troubles feel so small And you were always there to catch me when I'd fall In a world where heroes come and go Well God just took the only one I know So I'll hold you as close as I can Longing for the day, when I see your face again But until then

God must need another angel Around the throne tonight Your love lives on inside of me And I will hold on tight It's not my place to question Only God knows why I'm just jealous of the angels Around the throne tonight

Singing Halleluia, Halleluia, Halleluia.                                          

I’m just jealous of the Angels Around the throne tonight.


We Remember Them

We Remember Them

In the rising of the sun and its going down

We Remember Them

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter

We Remember Them

In the opening of bud and in the rebirth of Spring

We Remember Them

In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of Summer

We Remember Them

In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of Autumn

We Remember Them



When we are weary and in need of strength

We Remember Them

When we are lost and sick at heart

We Remember Them

When we have joys and we yearn to share

We Remember Them

So long as we live, they too shall live,

We Remember Them

For they are now a part of us

As we remember them


Holy Souls

We commemorate the loved ones who are no longer with us at this time of the year. But we must not forget those who no one remembers any more. Pope Francis reminds us that “Remembering the dead, caring for their graves and prayers of suffrage, are witness of confident hope, rooted in the certainty that death is not the last word on human fate” and the “supreme destiny” of humans, the final destination, is life in Heaven. On the day the Church commemorates the dead, we remember “those who have loved us and have done good deeds for us”. “But today we are called to remember everyone, to remember everyone, even those who no one remembers. We remember the victims of war and violence; the many "little ones" of the world crushed by hunger and poverty. We remember the anonymous who rest in common graves. We remember all those killed on our roads, all those who have died at sea. We remember our brothers and sisters killed because they are Christians; and those who sacrificed their lives to serve others. We especially entrust to the Lord, those who have left over the last year.” – We will have our own special time of remembrance in school on Wednesday 8th November in our school oratory. We hope you join us.

May the following thoughts prayers, reflections and clips bring you comfort Blessings – Sr. Marjorie


Links  Stand still – Take a few moments of quiet for yourself to listen to the work   All Saints day some of our great men and women who have gone before us.  - All Souls Day is a holy day s aside for honouring the dead. The day is primarily celebrated in the Catholic Church, but it is also celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Church and a few other denominations of Christianity  Seamus Heaney ‘Midterm Break’ - 6 minute reflection on All Hallows' Eve - Halloween - and its relationship to All Saints' Day