In August 2018, World Meeting of Families will be celebrated in Dublin, and throughout Ireland.
Catholic Schools Week, which starts on Monday 29th January, is a preparation for this.
The theme this year is the celebration of love in the family and we are celebrating that here in Scoil Thomáis.
The daily themes are
Monday: Our Family at Home
Tuesday: Our School Family
Wednesday: Grandparents: A Special Part of Our Family
Thursday: Our Parish Family
Friday: Our World Family
This icon of the holy family was specially commissioned for the World Meeting of Families and each class has been given a copy. You can read more about the Holy Family Icon below.
Explanation of the Holy Family icon
THE ANGELS ON THE OUTSIDE - This icon of the Holy Family is shaped a bit like a house with a double door. On the outside of each door there is an angel. Michael on the le, Gabriel on the right. We remember the prayer from our childhood. ‘O angel of God, my guardian dear.’ Angels represent God’s desire to protect us, our home and our family. When we pray to the angels we pray for God’s protection. The words at the bottom of the door mean ‘The Joy of Love’ - the message to us from Pope Francis about family.
THE HOLY FAMILY AT THE CENTRE - When we open up the doors we see in the centre the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph gathered around the table. They are sharing a meal and celebrating the Passover, a Jewish religious festival remembering God’s goodness. Like all families they had experiences of joys and sorrows. They were once refugees in another country, fleeing the violence of King Herod. This image of the Holy Family is very similar in form to another icon - one of the Blessed Trinity. This reminds us that God is like a family, and that family is the place where the love of God is experienced through the love we have for one another.
FAMILY STORIES FROM THE GOSPELS AT EITHER SIDE - On either side of the Holy Family there are images from the Gospels, showing Jesus’ care for marriage and his deep compassion for those living with the burdens of family life. The image on the le depicts a story from the gospel of St Mark. Jesus brings back to life the daughter of a man called Jarius. The image on the right is from the wedding feast at Cana, a story from St. John’s gospel. Here Jesus reaches out to the newly married couple in a moment of need.
For more detailed information on the icon go into the www.amoris.ie site and follow the links to the icon through the Popular Moments.