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
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.