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What about the youth?”
How often we have heard that in our parish and diocese in recent years. Yet what may appear to be a lack of involvement of our young people, our two secondary schools continually form the spiritual and personal developments of our young people in so many ways, that we may often forget to see what is happening in front of us. Here are two such events coming up in next week:
CBS TRAMORE STUDENTS COUNCIL are holding on Friday 3 May a ‘CHARATHON’ consisting of a 5k run on the beach and a 1000m swim at Splashworld. Over 500 students will take part and each has been given a sponsorship card and are collecting now until a week after the event. The money raised will go towards 4 charities (and a community project) Please be generous if asked for sponsorship.
STELLA MARIS celebrate 50 years by having Mass on Sunday 5 May at 11am on RTE 1. This mass on television and radio will showcase the talents of our students through their singing, readings, serving and reflections, and giving thanks to God for the work of our teachers and students in the last 50 years.
PARISH YOUTH COUNCIL & MINISTRY
In the coming weeks, we hope in this parish to form a new council involving teachers, parents, clergy and more importantly, young people who will come together to form a council which will be focused solely on developing our youth ministry in the parish.
Under the guidance of a document from the Irish Bishops Conference: Called Together. Making the Difference we will look at ways in which the Catholic Church in Ireland can: Accompany and guide young people through the complexities of life, encourage young people to become more aware of the spiritual and more trusting of their faith, & help them make good decisions and take the most rewarding paths.
We would hope to from September have a regular youth mass, develop an award scheme in our schools for pastoral ministry and allow our young people to have a voice in their church!
Anyone wishing to give some time to this parish initiative, particularly those in secondary school or college are asked to contact Fr Michael Toomey for further details.