Celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2017

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2017

29 January – 5 February

The theme for Catholic Schools Week this year is Catholic Schools: Learning with Pope Francis to Care for Our Common Home.

Laudato Si is Pope Francis’ second encyclical, its title means ‘Praise be to You’ and it has the subtitle On Care for Our Common Home.

The encyclical letter, published in May 2015 discusses the harm humankind has caused on earth and calls on ‘every person living on this planet’ to make necessary changes in our lives to protect our planet. It deals with many environmental issues including pollution, climate change, drought, loss of biodiversity and the decline in the quality of human life.

Pope Francis is asking us to work together to create a better world for future generations and to take care of, respect and value our common home.

As Catholic schools, we can play an essential role in shaping the future of our planet by working together to care for our common home. Our world is a gift from God and we are called to act as both stewards and protectors during our time here. It is our responsibility to care for our world and make it a better place for the next generation. Through the encyclical letter Laudato Si’, Pope Francis reminds us of the necessity and importance of caring for our common home.

Resources for celebrating Catholic Schools Week can be found at: http://www.catholicschools.ie/catholic-schools-week-2017-resources/