Testimonials from School Principals

Here’s some feedback from Primary School Principals…

Children of the Eucharist has been present in St. Joseph’s Convent Primary School since 2015, with 2 primary four classes. It has grown and this year the programme has progressed through the year groups to primary seven.

The 1st year group to experience adoration are now in primary seven and they will be leaving St. Joseph’s and primary education in June 2019. They have been blessed with many graces through the programme, especially in their preparation for the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

The children have had opportunities to experience silent reflection and listening, with time to develop their relationship with God in a sacred space. They have reflected and shared. They have been able to journey with a scaffold of faith which I can only hope will stay with them and give them a core strength in their lives. This is the greatest gift we can give our children.

COTE has been very unique in St. Joseph’s. It has fitted into our tradition, our school ethos and our shared vision. It has provoked inspiration and enabled the adults and the children to get in touch with their deeper faith. It has been a joy and a privilege to have experienced COTE in St. Joseph’s.

– Doreen O’Neill, School Principal, St. Joseph’s Primary School, Newry, Co. Down

I wish to thank you for your marvellous work with the children in Second Class, as they prepare this year to receive their First Holy Communion.

This programme of Eucharistic Adoration has achieved what no amount of talking or teaching or reading from books can do.

The children are presented with the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and they can relate to Him in a most concrete and special way. Children report that they see Jesus in the light from the beautiful monstrance which was presented to a local church in the late 1800’s and has now been taken out of storage for use in our local schools. They listen to stories about Jesus, they feel the presence and warmth of Jesus in a real way and can make their prayers to Him.

It has brought the children to a new and special place where Jesus is real in their lives and now they can’t wait to receive Jesus in their First Communion in May.

This is the most positive development in sacramental preparation that I have experienced and witnessed in my 26 years as a teacher and is a programme that should be offered and extended to all schools.

I wish you continued success and thank you for your commitment and dedication’.

– Arthur Fallon, St. Kenny’s N.S., Mullingar, Co Westmeath

Eucharistic Adoration gives children an opportunity to connect with Jesus in a real and meaningful way. I see the children speak openly to Him. They feel his love and support and express their gratitude to him for the good in their lives. They are completely at ease prostrating before the Blessed Eucharist in Adoration. I believe the fruits of Adoration will remain in their hearts always. It is a wonderful gift to them.

– Bernie McDonald, Kentstown N.S., Co. Meath

Children from the First Holy Communion class and the Confirmation class were delighted by the visits from COTE, led by Antoinette and Aoife. For many of them it was the first time they really heard about and appreciated the beauty and importance of the Presence of Jesus in their lives. They were led gently and reverently through the Adoration.  We were also blessed that they visited us to help our school community through a very sad time in our school. We will be forever grateful to them.

– Eamon O’Sullivan, Glantane N.S., Co. Cork

From the moment, I got in touch with Antoinette, I knew that the Children of the Eucharist programme would bring so much joy and peace to our school. In a world that is embracing mindfulness our adoration is bringing this calmness to our wonderful children and staff. We are blessed to be part of the Children of the Eucharist family and we cannot wait for all to be reunited in Knock this year. Tá Dia maith!

– Patricia Uí hArlaigh, SN Ghort a Choirce, Co. Dhún na nGall

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