Diocesan Department for Education - H and N Diocese

Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Department for Education

Celebrating the Year of Mary in schools in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle

Year of Mary

The theme of World Youth Day 2017 was taken from Our Lady’s song of praise, the Magnificat, ‘The Mighty One has done great things for me’. The Pope has chosen to focus on Mary for the next two years’ World Youth celebrations, culminating in Panama in 2019. Francis has asked young people to journey with Mary, describing her as ‘a role model to be imitated’.

Consequently we have decided to continue our ‘Year of …’ plans with a Year of Mary (primary - secondary) plan. Each month is linked to a virtue shown by Mary and celebrates her many names. There will be the usual links to prayer, liturgy, prayer station, resources, artwork and the liturgical and global calendar. There is also a Year of Mary prayer bag to share with families.

Following a Year of Mary will be an opportunity to introduce the children and young people of our diocese to the many names and images of Our Lady and to allow them to come closer to Mary, the mother of God, and our Mother.


The Rosary

The Department for Spirituality has produced this leaflet on the Rosary, which may be useful for staff and older pupils.

I Say "Yes"

Alex Heath, Chaplaincy Co-ordinator, Northampton Religious Education Service, had kindly given permission for us to share his composition, I Say "Yes" and accompanying resources.

I Say "Yes" - an introduction

I Say "Yes" - backing track

I Say "Yes" - sheet music

I Say "Yes" - lyrics sheet

I Say "Yes" - lyrics on powerpoint