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 Íosa / Brú Na Gráige
- Mass Rocks!
- 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
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.
There will be an information evening for Parents on Monday November 16th at 8pm in St. Michael’s Church, Denmark St, Limerick. Click on the link below for more information...
Anois leaders must be over 18 years old and must complete the recruitment process which includes References, Garda Vetting and Training. Leaders must attend training on the follwoing dates:
Saturday November 14th from 9.30am to 4pm in the Pastoral Centre
Monday January 4th/11th/18th (Depending on the week you are leading), Thurles.
Anois Leader forms can be downloaded here and must be returned to Aoife before November 18th...
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
FOCUS IRELAND SLEEPOUT Friday October 16th. Sponsorship Card please click HERE
BRÚ NA GRÁIGE
The Brú takes place each year in Ballyferritter in Co. Kerry. 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!
Dates for Brú 2016: Friday July 8th - Sunday July 17th
Please note that these dates are earlier than usual because of World Youth Day.
Booking forms will be available in May 2016
Once available Brú forms should be returned to the Pastoral Centre as soon as possible!!!
On the last Saturday of every month (excluding July and December) a youth friendly Mass will be celebrated in St Joseph’s Parish Centre. We will gather for activites at 7pm and Mass will be celebrated at 8pm(ish!). The Mass may not ‘rock’ but it will at least try to ‘roll’ a little! After the Mass there will be refreshments and a chance to be together. We are always looking for musicians for this Mass so feel free to contact us if you would like to be involved.
The Youth Ministry team have a E-Magazine called ‘YOLO!’ (Youth of Limerick on Line – our take on the popular phrase ‘You Only Live Once’). It is a quarterly magazine that we email to subscribers and post online. It contains a wide variety of articles and features. It will have photos of and articles on some of the more recent youth ministry events. It will also make people aware of upcoming events. There will be regular features that explore faith in both a light hearted and serious way. YOLO features issues that are important for young people. It hopefully will be a celebration of youth ministry in the diocese and a resource for those who subscribe.
To see the current issue of YOLO! please click the link below
The exact dates and cost or our 2016 pilgrimage are to be confirmed.
Monday June 20th – Sunday June 26th 2016 (approximately)
Cost €700 (approximately)
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.
Places on this pilgrimage tend to fill up very quickly. If you wish to apply for a place 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 and time which is Thursday November 5th at 6pm.
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 Stephanie if you have any other questions regard the Pilgrimage email@example.com 061-400133
Please click the link below for the 2016 Lourdes pilgrimage Info & Application pack,
Diocesan Project 2014/15 - Heroes with Halos
This year we welcomed two new saints into the Catholic Church - Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. These two men brought the message of Jesus Christ to millions of people and they made some important changes in the Church. There were several steps to be taken before they became saints and one of these steps involved checking to see whether or not these men had “Heroic Virtues”.
Heroic virtues are made up of faith, hope, charity, justice, courage, wisdom and above all, love. St Paul says that saints are people who have the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit and another great thinker said that saints are not perfect people but people who are always trying to build closer relationships with themselves with others and with God.
Saints are people, who, like heroes, serve those around them and who live their lives in the way that Jesus did; helping those who need it most, always seeing the good in people and leading by example.
This year we want to honour these heroes with halos but we need your help! Tell us about someone you know who has some of these heroic virtues, someone you look up to and admire, someone who is a hero to you and they just might be chosen to be honoured at a special gathering later this year!
When all the entries have been received we will be choosing the top 10 heroes who will be honoured at a special event which you will be invited to attend! So if you would like your hero to be honoured tell us all about him/her and get your entry in quick!
If you have any questions just call us at 061-400133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for entries is 28th November 2014 (address for entries - Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Denmark St, Limerick)
Please click the link below to download an entry form for your school or parish...
In 2013 / 2014 our Diocesan Youth Project was called, “Our Place at the Table" Schools sent in a piece of decorated fabric that captured what their faith means to them. These pieces of fabric were put together to make a colourful altar cloth that celebrates both the faith and talent of our young people. 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.