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By August 26, 2021No Comments

Walking Together in Hope – Spiritual Journey for Families

Year of the Family 2021/2022

On August 25th Archbishop Dermot Farrell launched the “Walking Together in Hope” initiative as part of the Year of the Family 2021/2022 programme.

The goal of this initiative is to celebrate moments of hope and joy in family life, with resources suitable for  learning, living and leading faith that are complementary to the way family is lived today.


One of the September initiatives is a simple blessing of school bags/backpacks for the start of the new school year:

A Blessing of School Backpacks

Here is a simple blessing that you could use at home for the blessing of school bags at the start of the school year….

  • As you carry your bag, may you know that Jesus is walking with you always looking after you.
  • May you keep safe in all you do, may you be more aware of others too.
  • May you know the warmth of God’s protecting presence in all you say and do.
  • May the Lord help you at school, to grow in every way.


After these prayers, sprinkle the bags with some Holy Water, if you have some.