View pictures of the Altar Cloth which has been created from separate squares from almost every primary school in the diocese.

Thank you

Thank you to all the schools that contributed squares to our Altar Cloth Project.

In all, 167 of the 173 Catholic Primary schools in the diocese participated which is a tremendous response.

The finished Altar Cloth looks absolutely beautiful and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Betty Murphy who sewed it all together. Thanks also to Hazel O’Connor who cut out the squares and worked on the design for the cloth. The cloth was displayed in the Cathedral on Friday evening and all day Saturday and was much admired by all who attended the Diocesan Eucharistic Congress over the weekend.

It was such a privilege to see it being placed upon the altar at the preparation of the table to receive our gifts of bread and wine.

There is already much interest from parishes in having the altar cloth for special celebrations. If your school or parish is interested in using the altar cloth in the coming months please contact Maeve: [email protected] or call 0599164084

Altar Cloth Project Update

We have now received completed squares from almost every primary school in the diocese. The response has been fantastic and we are really looking forward to seeing the finished cloth.

As you can see from the pictures Betty, who is sewing our cloth together, is hard at work getting it ready in time for the DiocesanEucharistic Congress on March 9 & 10.

If any school still has their square please return it directly to the office (Faith Development Services, Cathedral Parish Centre, College St, Carlow) by Monday. March 5th at the very latest. Thanks again to all the schools who have contributed, to the parish representatives who collected the squares and all the people who sewed them together in the local parishes. We will keep you posted with pictures as the cloth gets nearer completion.

Diocesan Eucharistic Congress

This year as part of our preparation for the International Eucharist Congress to be held in Dublin in June the diocese is hosting a Diocesan Eucharistic Congress. This event will take place in Carlow on March 9 and 10.

The theme for the Congress is ‘A Place at the Table’. We would like all our 173 Catholic Primary Schools to become involved in our Diocesan Congress by helping to create an Altar Cloth which will be used in the final Mass of the Congress in Carlow Cathedral on Saturday March 10 at 6:15p.m.

School’s Participation?

All schools have received a square of material (20cm²). Pupils and staff have been asked to turn this blank square into an image of what Eucharist means to them. Where do they see their place at the table? What would they like their square to say about their understanding of coming to the Table of the Lord and sharing in the Bread of Life? They have been given the following suggestions:

  • Feel free to use your imagination.
  • Use plenty of vibrant colours
  • Use fabric paint, markers or crayons. If you decide to use a collage style please make sure that everything is well stuck using good fabric glue.
  • Include the name of your school, parish
  • Please leave a margin of 10mm around the side of the square to facilitate the sewing together of the squares from your parish.

Collection of Squares:

Schools have been asked to have squares ready for collection by Wednesday, February 8.

Collection of Squares

Schools have been told that the Parish Representative for the Diocesan Eucharistic Congress will be in contact with all the primary schools in their parish. They will collect the squares from each school in the parish and arrange to have them sewn together before returning them to the Faith Development Services Office in the Cathedral Parish Centre, College St Carlow. The pieces from all the 56 parishes will then be sewn together to make the Altar Cloth.

The final piece will be 3m x 4m, will include the squares from all 173 schools and will have the logo from the Diocesan Eucharistic Congress, which you can see at the top of this page, in the centre.

A Living Memory

The Altar Cloth will become a living memory of this important year in the Irish Church. Just as people have memorabilia from the Eucharistic Congress in 1932 we hope that in the years to come our altar cloth will become part of the memory of the Eucharistic Congress 2012. We also hope that the altar cloth will become a part of celebrations of the Eucharist in our parishes and our diocese in the future. Schools and parishes will be able to request the altar cloth for their use from the diocesan office. It is envisaged that the cloth, together with a suggested prayer service, will travel around the diocese in the coming months to help schools prepare for and learn about the International Eucharistic Congress.

We look forward to seeing the squares and the finished cloth!

You may be interested also in the following:

IEC 2012 – Schools Conference March 2012

Youth Day at Diocesan Eucharistic Congress 10th March 2012

Diocesan Eucharistic Congress March 2012