The Diocean Youth Ministry team resource and support the young church (Eaglais óg) in the Diocese of Limerick. Here is some information about our varied programs & events. Please contact us HERE to find out more:
- Muinteareas Iosa
- Lourdes youth pilgrimage
- Annual Diocesan youth projects
- Confirmation retreats
- Secondary School retreats
- Training for extra ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist for Secondary Schools
- Responding & Resourcing Parish Requests
- Support for young people in the Limerick area
- Safeguarding Children Statement
To read about events that took place this year and to see pictures click on the links below,
Anois is a leadership training programme run in conjunction with secondary schools for students in transition/fifth year. It has been running in the diocese for over 10 years. It is a residential programme run in St. Patrick’s College in Thurles. The Anois programme offers young people the chance to develop their leadership skills as well as giving them the opportunity to build up their confidence and self esteem and make lasting friendships.
Muintearas Íosa is a diocesan youth group that has been providing young people with opportunities to gather for a wide variety of experiences and in a wide variety of settings since 1978. Muintearas Íosa events vary from one day events, evening events, overnight stays to an annual 10 day stay in Brú na Gráige, in Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry. Members must be over 16.
Download and print a Muintearas Íosa Booking, Consent & Code of Behaviour for participants aged under 18 click HERE
For a Muintearas Íosa Adult Membership Form for those aged 18 or over click HERE
BRU NA GRAIGE
The Brú takes place each year in Ballyferritter in Co. Kerry. Every year Muintearas Íosa (a youth group in the diocese) hosts this event. We spend 10 days in the ‘Brú house’ in a spirit of faith, friendship and fun and youngsters are welcome to come for all, for part or even just to visit. Days include morning and night prayer, visits to local sites of interest, hikes and regular trips to the beach when possible. We will have workshops and as usual, music, singing and sport will feature strongly. Added to this we hope to pick up cúpla focail!
Every year we take between 80-90 young people to Lourdes as part of the Diocesan Pilgrimage. The young people that we take work for the week as helpers; bringing patients to and from the various ceremonies, as well as talking, listening and getting to know them. They also get to meet new people, and make new friends. Lourdes is a very unique place and it offers young people a chance to experience their faith in a very real and positive way.
You may be aware that this year’s pilgrimage (2013) had to be cancelled at very short notice due to extremely bad weather conditions in Lourdes. As a result of this, most of those who were booked to travel on that trip have retained their places on our list for next year’s trip. This means that we are in the unfortunate position of having very few places available for our 2014 Pilgrimage. At the moment we estimate that we will have about 10 places available for booking. This may change when the Leaving Certificate timetable is announced.
If you wish to apply for one of these possible places you need to contact us as soon as possible. We will then forward you an application pack when full details become available (travel details and costs have not yet been confirmed). As in previous years we will not be accepting any bookings before our booking date which is Wednesday November 6th at 9.00 a.m.
Please note that places are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. If you are not allocated a place on the pilgrimage on application you will be placed on the waiting list and you may receive a place in the coming months.
Please contact Karen if you have any other questions regard the Pilgrimage email@example.com 061-400133
A huge thank you and congratulations to all those who took part in this year's project. The altar cloth is a real celebration of faith and of our talented young people. It's first outing was to St John's Cathedral where it was used for the Easter Vigil on 20 April 2014. This special liturgy was celebrated by Bishop Brendan Leahy and was broadcast on RTE! The "Our Place at the Table Altar Cloth" is now on tour!
To find out more about the project and who took part or if you would like to borrow the cloth for a special event in your school or parish please click HERE
Congratulations and well done to all the students who took the time to get involved in this year's project. To celebrate the talent and thoughtfulness of the students who took part we will be selecting a different school each week and featuring some of their Stained Glass Designs on our website. You may be lucky enough to see your own design or that of one of your friends. Unfortunately we won't be able to display all the designs even though they were all fantastic! A massive thank you to all the teachers for their help and support.
Click HERE to see some entries from Crecora National School!
Click HERE to see some entries from Ballingarry National School!
Click HERE to see some entries from Kildimo National School (Ms Ahern's Class)
Click HERE to see some entries from Kildimo National School (Ms McNamara's Class)
Click HERE to see some entries from Kildimo National School (Ms Foley's Class)
Click HERE to see entries from Hazelwood College Dromcollogher
Click HERE to see entries from Colaiste Mhuire Askeaton
Click HERE to see entries from Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh
Click HERE to see entries from Scoil Ide Naofa Raheenagh
Click HERE to see entries from Athea National School (Ms Dunne's Class)
Click HERE to see entries from Athea National School (Ms Hayes's Class)
Click HERE to see entries from Athea National School ( Ms Prendiville's Class)
Prayers of Our People is still on sale at the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Denmark St, The Abbey Bookshop, O'Connell St and the Knock Shrine Bureau, Little Catherine St, Limerick. All proceeds from the sale of the book go towards youth ministry in the Diocese of Limerick.
CONFIRMATION RETREAT / WORKSHOP
Confirmation classes throughout the diocese can avail of confirmation retreats/workshops. This experience offers young people an opportunity to reflect on the sacraments they have received as well as their upcoming confirmation. Sacraments are explored through the medium of games, song & group work.
This programme is usually offered to fifth/sixth year students. Over the course of the morning / afternoon we explore the meaning of Eucharist, the significance of the symbols used and the practicalities of being a Eucharistic Minister.
If you are interested in starting a youth ministry initiative for the young people of your parish / pastoral area and need some help / ideas to get going then please do contact us. We will hopefully be able to offer you some resources that may be helpful or at least point you in the right direction, as well as offering support, encouragement and advice.
If you or a young person you know are experiencing difficulty in any area of your life, help and support are available. Please click the following link to see a list of various support networks or groups that may be of help to you or a young person you know.
Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre values and encourages the participation of children in the life of the Church and is committed to best practice, which protects children from harm and abuse. Staff, volunteers and leaders accept and recognise our responsibilities to develop awareness of the issues which cause children harm. These responsibilities include:
- Adopting best practice child protection guidelines in accordance with the standards named in the National Board for Safeguarding Children Standards & Guidance Document.
- Ensuring that children will be listened to and heard.
- Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff, volunteers, clergy and religious.
- Sharing information about concerns with the relevant agencies and involving parents and children appropriately.
- Carefully following the procedures for recruiting, training and managing staff and volunteers, clergy and religious.
- Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.
- Being committed to reviewing our policy and good practice procedures on an annual basis.