St Mary’s Holy Faith Killester is a Catholic School, under the trusteeship of the Le Cheile Trust. RE is an integral part of the school curriculum, informed by our ethos and the vision of Margaret Aylward, foundress of the Holy Faith Order. The role of the RE teachers complements that of the home and parish.
We are fortunate in St Mary’s to have an Oratory/Prayer Room which teacher frequently bring RE classes for meditation, prayer services and mindfulness. Fr William, (our chaplain) celebrates class and whole-school liturgies throughout the year. The main events and seasons of the Liturgical Calendar are marked throughout the year in St Mary’s.
Whole –school liturgies take place in St Brigid’s Church, Killester marking events such as the Opening of the School Year, Christmas Carol Service, Thanksgiving/Award Ceremony (May) and the 6th Year Graduation Mass annually. Other Church feasts such as Epiphany and Ash Wednesday may also be celebrated in the Church, depending on the School Calendar. Within the school, other sacred times and events such as Margaret Aylward’s Day, November (Remembrance), Advent, Catholic Schools’ Week, Ash Wednesday/Lent, and Holy Week are celebrated with appropriate prayer services, displays.
A highlight of the school year is the Emmanuel Concert, a Dublin Diocesan Sacred Music Initiative which takes place in the Helix each March. Up to 100 students from St Mary’s participate in this day of workshops and choral liturgical singing, including some soloists. Other school trips include a visit to St Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, St Brigid’s Church (where students are given access to the Relic of St Brigid), and the Holy Faith Convent (for Catholic Schools’ Week).
In St Mary’s RE is also concerned with social justice; we organize hampers for the SVP at Christmas, and regularly fundraise for charities and for those less fortunate.