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Religious Education

Nurturing the growth of faith in the child is primarily the right and responsibility of the parents. The Catholic school and the wider parish community supports parents in fulfilling their obligation. The school provides religious education for the Catholic children attending the school. Religious education will include instruction in the teaching of the Catholic Church but is wider than mere knowledge, including as it does religious formation as well as information. Children will be assimilated in the faith life of the community and through progressive instruction in the doctrine, spirituality, liturgy, culture and tradition of the church in Glendalough. Religious education is included as part of the total learning process experienced by the child during the period of formal schooling.

Throughout the school year there are frequent religious celebrations taking place either in the school or in the greater parish community. The Religious Programmes followed are Grow in Love and Alive-O.

Each year children in Second Class can involve themselves in the preparation and reception of First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Children preparing for First Holy Communion partake in a parish run programme called “Do This In Memory”. This is run by parents and members of the parish community.

Currently the Sacrament of Confirmation is administered in St. Kevin’s Parish every second year. This involves children from 5th and 6th Classes. During each year children are involved in some of the Sunday Liturgies in St. Kevin’s Church. Pupils preparing for Confirmation partake in the Parish run “You Shall Be My Witness” programme. This is run by parents and members of the parish community.

Grow In Love

Grow In Love is a new Religious Education Programme. It was introduced to Junior and Senior Infants in September 2015. The programme will be implemented in First and Second Class in 2016.

Grow In Love is designed to be used both in school and at home. It also provides links with the local parish community.

Grow in Love’s Note to Parents 

The programme offers you the opportunity to teach your child about the faith that you chose for them in Baptism. The programme recommends some simple things that you can do at home to help your child in grow in faith:

  • Create a Prayer Space in your child’s bedroom using religious articles such as a cross/crucifix, holy water, a candle, etc.
  • Place a holy water font at the front door and bless yourself as you leave the house.
  • Do acts of kindness with your child, such as donating their good quality toys and clothes to a local charity shop.
  • Make the Sign of the Cross when you pass a church.
  • Visit the church at a quiet time and chat to your child about what they see.
  • Bring your child to Mass.
  • Pray simple prayers as the Morning/Night Prayer, Grace Before/After Meals and the Our Father/Hail Mary as a family.


Morning Prayer

Father in heaven, you love me,

You’re with me night and day.

I want to love you always

In all I do and say.

I’ll try to please you, Father.

Bless me through the day. Amen.


Night Prayer

God, our Father, I come to say

Thank you for your love today.

Thank you for my family,

And all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night,

And in the morning send your light. Amen.


Grace before Meals

Bless us, O God, as we sit together.

Bless the food we eat today.

Bless the hands that made the food.

Bless us, O God. Amen


Grace after Meals

Thank you, God, for the food we have eaten.

Thank you, God, for all our friends.

Thank you, God, for everything.

Thank you, God. Amen.


Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.



Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace,

The Lord is with tee.

Blessed art thou among women,

And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, mother of God,

Pray for us sinners now,

And at the hour of our death.


Useful link on Religious Education: diocesan website

St. Kevin’s Church

7501215024_4ab95acd0a_bConstituted / History: Constituted in the Middle of the Sixth Century.

Parish Note: Office is open from 10.00am to 1.00pm on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday.

Co-Parish Priest: Very Reverend Oliver Crotty  Phone: 0404-45140

Phone: Office 0404 45777

Address: Laragh, Glendalough, Co Wicklow

Email: (parish); (Hermitage)

Deanery: Wicklow


Mass Times:

Weekdays 10am Mass: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday in the Parochial House/Coach House.
Tuesday & Friday at 7.00pm in St. Kevins Church.

Sunday: 09:30 | 11:30
Monday: 10:00
Tuesday: 19:00
Wednesday: 10:00
Thursday: 10:00
Friday: 19:00
Saturday: 19:00
Holy Day: 07:00|09:30



GlendaloughOur Vision

Glendalough Hermitage Centre, situated in a place which was once a thriving centre of     Celtic Christian Spirituality, is a place of welcome and pilgrimage.

We Sisters of Mercy who are involved in running the Centre wish to enable people to:   reconnect with the roots of their deepest spiritual energies; and

  experience the presence of God within their own inner being as they experience the presence of God in the peace and tranquility of this sacred place.

We also seek to provide an opportunity for people to be enfolded by the beauty and healing touch of nature.

The faith community of Glendalough aims to provide a hospitable space for all who stop here along the journey of life. It has been said that

Hospitality is a little food, a little fire and an immense Silence.

Glendalough can be a sacred space for healing, reconciliation and growth, a space for deep communion with Our Creator and Host.