Saturday 19th October
£10/€10 contribution per person. Cheques made payable to 'Clogher don Óige'
Bring a packed lunch.
Lough Derg has a micro-climate all of it's own... prepare for it to be cold and wet.
*Leaders will get young people to contact parents/guardians with a more precise time after departing Lough Derg
Coach Signup: Please tell us where you'll be getting on and off the coach. CLICK HERE
Parental Consent Form HERE, please print, complete and bring with you.
Clogher don Óige have been asked to celebrate Mass in the RTÉ Studios in Dublin on December 8th for live broadcast!! It is a great honour to have been asked and there is a huge amount of work involved, but we have no doubt that there are many young people out there who would like to be involved!
We need a small group of singers and musicians to come together to prepare music for the liturgy. We will also need readers and people to bring up the gifts for the Offertory Procession. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be part of the music ministry group for the Mass.
There will be some space for others to come to join the group to travel for the Mass on December 8th, email info@clogherdonoige to express your interest.
Preparation Dates & Rehearsals:
*This list is not final, it is likely that other meetings and rehearsals will be necessary. Meetings that require full attendance of those actively participating in the liturgy will be held at a central point of the diocese. Clogher don Óige is unable to provide transport to these meetings.
Due to the size of the studio where the Mass will be said, our numbers are limited. With that in mind we may not be able to facilitate all those who express an interest. If this is the case, people who express an interest will be randomly selected to fill the available spaces.
Practical Youth Work & Ministry Skills Course
Autumn Term 2019
Based in Enniskillen & Monaghan
Accredited by OCN NI
Part of Clogher don Óige’s work with young people includes training and equipping them to become young leaders within the organisation to work with, and minister to their peers. We have identified a number of both accredited and other bespoke courses that we offer in order to fulfil this aim. The Practical Youth Work & Ministry Skills (PYMS) course is offered in conjunction with Youth Link NI.
The course will take place on Wednesday afternoons (after school) starting on October 2nd, and in Monaghan over three Saturday sessions. Both groups will come together for a weekend residential November 8th-10th.
Places are limited, get in contact with James for more information: email@example.com
62 young people and leaders from across the diocese spent a wonderful August week in with the Taizé Community in France.
The Taizé community is an ecumenical monastic order with a strong devotion to peace and justice through prayer and meditation. The 100-strong community of Roman Catholic and Protestant monks is drawn from 30 countries across the world.
Today Taizé is one of the world's most important sites of Christian pilgrimage. Each year tens of thousands of young pilgrims flock to the small village of Taizé in central France to share in the community's way of life.
Prayer and silence are at the heart of the Taizé experience. Young people from every corner of the globe are encouraged to live out the Christian gospel in a spirit of joy, simplicity and reconciliation.
Along with 3,500 young people from across Europe and further afield (we were there for the week with the highest attendance this year!) our CdÓ teens attended daily small group bible study, joined with the Taizé Brothers three times a day for prayer, Mass, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and spent time together reflecting and journaling on their Taizé experience... simple living, stepping away from the regular routine of life, times of silence, less access to technology.
Check out all our photos here.
July 5th-10th 2019
62 young people from across the Diocese, accompanied by Fr. Leo Creelman, Youth Director James McLoughlin and 9 volunteer leaders travelled to Lourdes as part of the Diocesan Pilgrimage.
The young people played a key role with the Assisted Pilgrims from the Diocese, making sure they got to all the Masses, liturgies and other events of the pilgrimage. The young people of Clogher don Óige also played a central role in the liturgies during our six days in Lourdes - leading the Low Stations, the Closing Ceremony and various prayers and music at Masses. The young people excelled themselves, with servant hearts were a credit to themselves, their families, parishes and communities.
Wednesday 1st May @4pm
Saint Michael's Church, Enniskillen
Clogher Don Óige will be hosting a special Prayer Service for all young people preparing for exams. It will be a wonderful chance to take a step back away from the stress and worries of exams. There will be time to reflect and de-stress, contemporary Christian music, uplifting words from the Bible and some creative prayer spaces.
What is the prayer service all about?
Preparing for exams can be an incredibly stressful time for young people. It is our hope that as a Church community we can provide a space for young people to bring their worries and concerns to Jesus, and to know that we care for them.
Who is it for?
For all young people who are preparing for any exams, or indeed any young people who feel stressed and overburdened. Teachers and parents are welcome to attend to express their prayerful support.
What is the theme?
We will be focusing on the Scripture passage from Matthew 14:22-33, where Jesus walks on water and calls Peter out of the boat. We will use this Scripture to encourage young people to keep their eyes fixed on Jesus throughout their preparations.
What will be included?
The prayer service will include a variety of prayer elements particularly suited for young people. A key part of the service will be prayer stations located at different points around the Church. At each station young people will focus on different aspects of their life of faith and creatively reflect on that theme. The service will also include contemporary Christian music. We hope to welcome Clergy so that young people have the opportunity for Confession, or even just a chat.
APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION OF THE HOLY FATHER
TO YOUNG PEOPLE AND TO THE ENTIRE PEOPLE OF GOD
Following the Youth Synod last October, Pope Francis has reflected and prayed upon the outcomes and released his Apostolic Exhortation to Young People entitled “Christus Vivit” – “Christ is Alive!”
In a powerful call to all Christian young people the Holy Father encourages them to truly live life to the full, with Christ.
Pope Francis points to the many obstacles to the life of faith in young people of the 21st century. Isolation, over-consumption of media, and addiction to drugs and pornography. are real enemies that the Pope says “rob you of hope and joy”. He goes on “… being young is not only about pursuing fleeting pleasures and superficial achievements. If the years of your youth are to serve their purpose in life, they must be a time of generous commitment, whole-hearted dedication, and sacrifices that are difficult but ultimately fruitful”. Communion/Community/Body are at the heart of what it is to be Christian in a world that is increasingly closing in on itself. In his 50 page letter, Pope Francis encourages the young to rediscover Christ and let him renew their hope.
The Holy Father goes on to reflect on the richness and great strength young people bring to the Church referring to the “beauty of youth”. We are all called by God to BE fully alive; to do this He calls us to particular ways of life, each unique to the individual. Pope Francis reflects that to be true to our God given Vocation be it clerical, religious, lay, single, married is demanding. The race of life must be constantly run until the very end, he says: “May the Holy Spirit urge you on as you run this race. The Church needs your momentum, your intuitions, your faith. We need them!”
Read the full text here.
Not your average Friday night!
On Friday March 5th, the first Friday of Lent, over forty young people and leaders spent the night at St Macartan’s Cathedral in Monaghan all to raise awareness of the plight of homelessness in Ireland. They slept out, in the same conditions that thousands of homeless people sleep, leaving the comforts of home behind. It’s not exactly what you expect from a group of teenagers - yet together they have answered Pope Francis’ call to ‘swim against the tide’ and stand up for those most in need.
The group were joined by Fr Peter McVerry, the founder of the Peter McVerry Trust that works with thousands of homeless people across the country. In his presentation Fr Peter talked about the beginnings of the Trust and what drives him to work with the homeless. He reminded the group of Jesus’ command not to judge (Matthew 7:1) when thinking about the individuals and families who are homeless. Importantly he spoke of the importance of our anger at injustice - that we should be angry that so many of our brothers and sisters live lives on the edge of poverty. He warned that if we don’t find ourselves angry at the epidemic of homelessness we have ourselves become sanitised by society, we become those individuals who will look anywhere else than at a homeless person who might be in need on the street. He challenged us to really SEE people in need, to SEE them as people - not invisible, to SEE them as our equal and to SEE their God given dignity.
Fr Peter’s journey all started with meeting a young boy on the streets, this drove him to set up an initial house to home a small group of boys aged 12-16. The need continued to grow and more homes were set up. Now, in 2019 the Trust works with thousands of individuals and families, has over 200 housing units and provides over 32,000 support visits across the country.
Fr Peter’s thought provoking, and eye opening, talk provided the perfect background to why The Big Cathedral Sleep Out was organised. It was clear to all the group that more awareness is needed to help those most in need in our country. With all the stories of individuals Fr Peter has met throughout his time working with homeless people the group moved to a time of prayer. In this time of prayer the group were led through reflective prayer stations based on the Corporal Acts of Mercy, to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, bury the dead, comfort the sick and to visit the imprisoned (Matthew 25:31-46). Together, they also spent time in Adoration, lifting up in prayer all those who are homeless and asking for the Lord’s help throughout the night.
Armed simply with cardboard, their sleeping bags and many layers of clothing the group set up their sleeping stations outside of the Cathedral walls. Together the group braved the elements, with the temperature hovering around 3 degrees. As the night progressed a classic mix of Irish weather (rain, hail, snow, thunder and lightning) forced the group to pick up and move their camp to inside. All were thankful to have this option and were conscious of those who don’t have that option in poor conditions. Come 6am, the clean up began before celebrating the break of the new day with Mass.
A huge thank you to all the participants of the Big Cathedral Sleep Out, to our wonderful volunteers, to Fr Peter McVerry for his input and to Fr Leo Creelman for leading Adoration and Celebrating Mass. It was wonderful to be able to welcome Bishop Larry for part of the evening too!
Together the group raised over €2000 to be forwarded to the Peter McVerry Trust. Our hope is that this will become an annual event in our Lenten calendar - keep an eye out for the Big Cathedral Sleepout 2020!!
It'll be the best thing you do each day!
Listen to the fantastic micro-podcast from the great Katie Prejean McGrady and her husband Tommy. Primarily created to accompany their new book, "Lent: One Day at a Time for Catholic Teens", it also can be listened to on it's own. A great chance to step out of the regular schedule of your day, to pray and reflect during this Holy Season of Lent as we journey towards Easter.
You can find all the podcasts at the link below:
*** UPDATE ***
We are very fortunate that Katie has sent a few copies of the book over to us...
if you'd like one get in contact with James - firstname.lastname@example.org