“I have promised God to give myself wholly to the service of the sick and the instruction of little children” – Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey
Religious Education in St. Joseph of Cluny, Killiney is an integral part of the school ethos. The primary aim of Religious Education is to awaken the students to faith and help them throughout their lives to deepen and strengthen that faith. Religious Education manifests itself on many levels within the school and in all subjects, particularly art and music. The school has its own Oratory where the Blessed Sacrament is present. Students are encouraged to utilise the Oratory for private prayer and meditation.
It is the policy of the Religion Department to develop in the students an awareness of those less privileged than themselves both locally and globally, by organizing charitable fund raising events. Money raised is used to help the Nuns of the Cluny order in places such as Sierra Leone, St Lucia, The Fijis etc. The school has also built links with charitable organisations over the years such as St. Vincent De Paul. Students at senior level are involved every year, at Christmas, with raising money and organising the provision of gift boxes for families in need in the area.
Students regularly participate in liturgical celebrations according to the season of the year. Celebrations include Beginning of Year school Mass and Mass at beginning of Lent celebrated by the School Chaplain, and the annual Carol Service . Once a year each class prepares a Mass around a theme chosen by them. The students actively participate in these liturgies by preparing prayers, readings, and music. Each class is also given the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation twice a year, at Christmas and at Easter and each class has a yearly retreat which is eagerly anticipated. The retreat day offers the students a time for reflection on their faith and spirituality.
Religion is taken as a subject for Junior Certificate by all students. All classes have three periods a week where we follow the Department of Education Religious Education Programme.
During Transition year we aim to foster an awareness that the human search for meaning is common to all peoples, of all ages and at all times. We encourage students to identify how understandings of God, religious traditions, and in particular the Christian tradition, have contributed to the culture in which we live, and, continue to have an impact on personal life-style, relationships and community. During this year an emphasis is placed on learning about and understanding other Great World religions and traditions and Students are brought to visit places of worship of other Religions within the vicinity.
While we do not offer religion as a subject for Leaving Certificate, we do follow the programme laid out by the Department of Education. Every year 6th year students help to prepare their Graduation Mass in conjunction with their Religion Teachers and the School Chaplain. This Mass is celebrated on their last official day at school and is attended by their families and Members of the Sisters of Cluny and the school staff.
“It is not sufficient to have taught them how to work and satisfy this purely material needs, they must also know how to live with others and themselves and to realize what they owe to God and their brethren” – Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey