Year for Priests Educational Resources for Students Now Available
During this Year for Priests as proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, the Diocese of Raleigh is encouraging parishes to plan local liturgical celebrations and programs. It is also asking teachers in the Diocese’s Catholic schools and religious education programs to provide information to students on the year’s celebration and the Priesthood. To assist teachers, an education subcommittee of the Diocesan Year for Priests Committee has developed resource material that is now available on the Year for Priests page of the web site. The material focuses on encouraging vocations; providing education and formation; and, building relationships.
During the year, students will be invited to participate in a poster contest for Pre-K through 5th Grade; a poetry contest for grades 6th through 8th; and an essay contest for high schools students. The Diocesan committee will select one grand prize winner from the middle school entries and one from the Faith Formation entries from each Deanery. It will also select one grand prize winner from Cardinal Gibbons, one from St. Thomas More and one from the Faith Formation entries from each Deanery. Winning entries will be published on the Diocesan Year for Priests page. Winning entries from middle school and high school categories will be invited to a Pizza Party with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. Pre-K and 5th Grade winning entries will receive a Certificate of Special Recognition.
A letter explaining the educational resource material, along with details of the contests and lesson plan material is included in the resource packet now available for download (PDF).