20th May 2020
We are now very sorry to have to let you know that our pilgrimage to Taizé will not be taking place this year.
We have been advised that it is not possible to continue with planning for the trip, due to the ongoing international travel restrictions and proposed quarantines, Government guidance, and the uncertainties about when restrictions will be lifted. Therefore we have decided that it is best to cancel the pilgrimage for this year.
We know that this will be a great disappointment to all our young pilgrims, as it is to the Taizé leadership team. We are sure that all will completely understand how important it is to keep our pilgrims and their families completely safe.
20th March 2020
We are very sad to have to let you know that the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will not be taking place this year.
We have been advised that it is not possible to continue with planning for the trip, due to the ongoing travel restrictions, the Government guidance, and the uncertainties about when restrictions will be lifted. Therefore Bishop Duffy has decided that it is best to cancel the pilgrimage for this year.
I know that this will be a great disappointment to all our young pilgrims, as it is to me and our leaders, and also I am sure that everyone will completely understand how important it is to keep our pilgrims, and the elderly and vulnerable people we would serve when in Lourdes, completely safe.
An email has been sent to all young people and their parents with further information.
From the Diocesan Office:
In view of the current situation, at present and into the period ahead, and taking into consideration that the Sanctuary at Lourdes has been closed for the first time in its history, due to Covid-19 the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes for 2020 is cancelled. Bishop Duffy appreciates that this will be a sad decision for many, but in the circumstances, it is the only sensible one to take. He expresses his thanks to the Director, Brian Armitage and to the Spiritual Director, Canon Noel McGahan, together with the Lourdes Pilgrimage Executive Committee for their work on this year’s preparations. Please God, and with the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, we can look forward to resuming our journey to the Shrine of Mary once again in 2021.
14th March 2020
We are continuing to prepare and work towards both our Lourdes and Taizé pilgrimages taking place this summer.
We continue to liaise with our travel agent and tour operators and are keeping up to date with travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and the French Government.
The current guidelines from the Church, in line with that of the Health Authorities may mean that some of our planned preparation meetings may not take place.
We will update young people and parents via email if there are any significant developments in regard to our pilgrimages this summer.
5th March 2020
Yet again, we have been overwhelmed by the number of applications we have received for our summer pilgrimages to Lourdes and Taizé.
Due to various factors, the size of our pilgrimage groups are limited. Unfortunately this means that many will be left disappointed in not being offered a place.
A waiting list is in operation for both pilgrimages, and if places become available we will contact individuals with the offer of a place.
An email was sent today to all those who submitted an Expression of Interest form. If this email does not make it's way directly into your inbox, please check your spam/junk folder as your email server may have filtered it there.
Questions/enquiries can be made via email to email@example.com.
*UPDATE* 16th March 2020
Given the current situation this project has been suspended.
On this World Day of Social Justice we launch our new project to support those who find themselves homeless.
Alongside The Big Cathedral Sleepout, which will support the work of The Peter McVerry Trust we are asking people to put together "Homeless Backpacks", or donate items during Lent that we can use to put these backpacks together.
A list of items can be found below:
Donations can be dropped off (by Friday 27th March) at either of our offices (Monaghan & Enniskillen) please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
A group of young adults from across the Diocese will travel to Dublin with the backpacks and give them to the homeless people they encounter on the streets of the city.
Friday 3rd - Saturday 4th April 2020
@ Saint Macartan's Cathedral, Monaghan
*UPDATE* 16th March 2020
Due to the current situation and public health guidelines this event has been postponed.
We will rescheduled in the future.
Clogher don Óige and young people from across the Diocese will be giving up a night of comfort and sleeping out at Saint Macartan’s Cathedral in Monaghan. They’ll be wrapping up in their winter woollies for a night to raise awareness of homelessness in our society today.
Young people age 15+ are welcome to join us. We will be hearing from Fr. Peter McVerry who works with the homeless in Dublin, find out more about the complex issues surrounding homelessness through simulations and activities, pray for healing for those in need and raise money for this worthy cause.
Participants are asked to undertake fundraising as part of this event.
We will be organising transport for this event from Enniskillen.
Funds raised will support the work of The Peter McVerry Trust and Clogher don Óige.
Once registered participants and parents/guardians will receive an email with further information, including a consent form. A sponsorship card (if requested) will be sent by post.
The Pope John Paul II Award recognises young peoples commitment to faith and community. Making young people visible in their church, community & society.
On November 15th we gathered to celebrate the achievements of the 10th group of young people in the Diocese of Clogher to receive their Pope John Paul II Award.
(L-R): James McLoughlin, Youth Ministry Director, Clogher don Óige; Fr. Leo Creelman, Chairperson & Spiritual Director, Clogher don Óige; Mr. Gerald Harbinson, The Knights of Saint Columbanus; +Bishop Larry Duffy, Bishop of Clogher; Sister Veronica & Sister Rosa, Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal; Mrs. Eileen Gallagher, Diocesan Awarding Committee.
We were pleased to have Sister Veronica and Sister Rosa of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, from Saint Anthony's Convent in Drogheda join us. Also in attendance was Mr. Gerald Harbinson, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Saint Columbanus. Sister Veronica shared the story of her journey to religious life with and her message to young people was to listen to the voice of the Lord throughout their lives and not to be afraid to go where He leads them.
In total 126 young people from 21 parishes across the diocese achieved their award. Bishop Duffy, in his remarks, expressed hope that the completion of the Award would not see the young people end their involvement in the life of their parish communities. He also commended all of the volunteer Award Leaders who generously give so much in journeying and accompanying the youth in their parishes.
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.
**Please note the change of venue for our Enniskillen evenings.
They will now take place in the Chapel of the Mercy Convent, Belmore Street.
Clogher don Óige will be hosting regular Taizé Prayer Evenings in Saint Joseph's Church, Monaghan and the Convent Chapel, Enniskillen.
A beautiful time of chanted music, prayer and silence. Rooted in the worship of the Taize Community in France. All are welcome.
The Taizé Community is an ecumenical Christian monastic community in Taizé, Burgundy, France. It is composed of more than one hundred brothers, from Catholic and Protestant traditions, who come from about thirty countries across the world.
It was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schütz. The community has become one of the world's most important sites of Christian pilgrimage focusing on youth.
Over 100,000 young people make pilgrimages to Taizé each year for prayer, Bible study, sharing, and communal work. Through the community's ecumenical outlook, they are encouraged to live in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation.
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!
Music for Mass ✅
Practice with RTÉ Production Team ✅
Would you like to be part of the congregation for Mass?
Transport will be provided from central points in the diocese on the morning of Sunday December 8th. We have some spaces left... would you like to join us?
*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.
Consent Forms for Under 18s:
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