The Cork, Cloyne and Ross Children’s Ministry Group organised a ‘Peace Banner’ Workshop in Northridge House Education Centre at Saint Luke’s Home, Cork on Saturday last 21st September.
Each parish and school in the Diocese were asked by the Bishop to send two representatives to the workshop which was coordinated by Canon Elaine Murray. Thank you to the Sunday School Society Ireland (SSSI) Disestablishment Diocesan Grant Scheme 2019 for their partial funding for this diocesan event.
A dedicated team of 15 people under the direction of Noeleen Hogan, an experienced Banner Maker, prepared materials for 46 Banners in the morning ahead of everyone’s arrival at 2pm.
After a couple of hours hard work and fun 23 Schools (out of 24 schools) and 22 Parishes (out of 24 Parishes) headed for home with their very own Peace Banner.
All banners have a backing colour of ‘United Nations’ Blue. The wording on the school banner us ‘Teach Peace’ along with a Dove, while the parish church banner has a design of a lighting Candle and the word ‘Peace’.
These Banners may now, if desired, be customised locally to reflect the uniqueness of each parish and school.
The banners will be used at diocesan events in the coming three years of marking major centenaries in the Diocese, for instance the end of the War of Independence, the end of the Civil War, as part of the Cork, Cloyne and Ross Centenaries Commemoration and Reconciliation Project.
The full gallery of photographs from the day taken by photographer Jim Coughlan will follow.