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Religious Education

Religious Education

Religious Education is an integral part of the school curriculum and is, therefore, the concern of everyone in the school, while being a special responsibility for those who teach the RE classes.

The Religious Education teachers of Dominican College see their role as complementary to that of the home and the parish. This is apparent in the effort put into liturgy and community service by the religious educators.

In Dominican College, it is hoped that God's loving concern for the uniqueness of each individual and God's creative power in the development of community will be experienced by the students during their years in this school. We believe that Christian formation takes place within the course of human formation.

The following subjects are explored and studied at different levels between first and sixth year:

The life of Christ, Bible Studies (special attention is given to the Gospels),
The Sacraments, Morality, Justice, World Religions, The Church Year, Prayer and Meditation.

The spiritual development of students is a fundamental part of the Religious Programme and works alongside classroom studies. Great emphasis is placed on liturgical and prayer services during the school year. The school Oratory is a special place within the school. It is used during class time by teachers, but is regularly used outside of formal class periods.

A special Community Care Programme is followed in Transition Year, when students are given the opportunity to work in an assigned placement once a week. Thus they see Christian values alive and at work in their local community. Placements include hospitals, childcare groups, meals on wheels and charity shops.

In Sixth Year, students participate in a programme based on the Ballygall programme. Various speakers are invited into the school each week to give a talk to the students.

A retreat programme is provided for each year group.

Textbooks: Communities of Faith by Linda Quigley and All About Faith 2 by Anne and Niall Boyle.

Moral Questions by John McKenna.
The Challenge of God by Niall Boyle.
World Religions and Beliefs by Ellen Fleming and Brigid O'Hara.
Reason to Believe by Ann Walsh.

Useful Web Addresses An Tobar - Religious Education Resources and Courses.