Tue 14 Feb 2017

Parish Youth Group

Aiming to serve and support young people (13-30) in their faith through a mixture of Spiritual, Serious, Service & Social activities. 

Latest News! 

Parish welcome teams:

Parish welcome teams have commenced in our parish this Summer and we’d love to see more people getting involved. Welcome teams are a very simple yet important group and involve greeting people as they arrive for weekend Masses and distributing the newsletter and children’s liturgy sheets to them. Any young adults over 18 years who’d like to help out with the welcome teams even on an ad hoc basis email: myam.admin@gmail.com


Maranatha – hosted by Donabate youth group – next one Fri 3rd Aug

7:30-8:30pm – St. Patrick’s Church, Main street Donabate village

An hour of song, reflection, candles and prayers for our young people, all in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. All welcome.

Stay for as long or as little as you like.


Burning Hearts – next one 3rd Aug

7pm-9pm, on First Friday of the Month at Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin

Event for young adults from 18-45yrs including Mass, Talk, Adoration, Tea/coffee

For information contact Gerard on: gerard.hanley@emmauscentre.ie


Keep up to date on Diocesan events for young people with the new ‘Diary of a young church’!



 Upcoming Events for young people: 

  • Fri 3rd Aug – Maranatha

7:30pm-8:30pm – St. Patrick’s Church

An hour of song, reflection, candles and prayers for our young people, all in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. All welcome. Stay for as long or as little as you like. 

  • Fri 3rd Aug – Burning Hearts

7pm-9pm, on First Friday of the Month at Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin

Event for young adults from 18-45yrs including Mass, Talk, Adoration, Tea/coffee

For information contact Gerard on: gerard.hanley@emmauscentre.ie 

  • Thurs 16th to Sun 19th Aug – Youth 2000 Summer Festival – Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary

Open to all those aged 16-35. Great CRAIC!!, Excellent speakers, inspiring talks & workshops, fantastic music, group activities, youth Masses, Adoration, reconciliation, prayer, drama, games & plenty of time to chill out, meet new people and find out what it means to be young & Catholic today!! Donation only, free busses, bring a sleeping bag.

For more details or to book check out: http://youth2000.ie/youth-2000-summer-festival-16th-to-19th-august-2018/ 

  • Tue 21st to Sun 26th Aug – World meeting of Families – Dublin 2018

Be part of this hugely significant event that Pope Francis is coming to!

For more info and bookings/volunteer applications check out: https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/

  • Fri 14th Aug – The Encounter, Dublin City

Special World Meeting of Families event in anticipation of arrival of Pope Francis to Ireland

More details to follow!

st.pauls@dublindiocese.ie     www.facebook.com/theencounterdublincity

 Wed 29th Aug – Pastoral Symposium – Launch Out, Lay Pastoral leadership roles

10am – 1pm, Clonliffe college

An opportunity to gather and listen to Cardinal John Dew Archbishop of Wellington. Followed by an invitation to take part in a Pastoral Conversation

For more information or to book contact: evangelisation@dublindiocese.ie phone: 01 837 3732 – ext 247/248 

  • Sun 7th to Sat 13th Oct – Week of Guided Prayer for young adults.

St Paul’s Arran Quay invites you to take time for yourself by joining us for our week of Guided prayer. This is a retreat with a difference – sometimes called a ‘Retreat in Daily Life’, or a ‘Busy Person’s Retreat’, as you don’t have to go away to a quiet, beautiful place to find God. It is a way of making a retreat in the midst of daily living, as by taking some quiet time each day on your own you are enabled to find God in your everyday life, in all its ups and downs.

If you are interested in participating please download the registration form available at www.evangelisation.ie

Closing date for registration is 31st July 

  • Fri 16th to Sun 18th Nov – Awake My Soul Retreat for young adults

Ards Friary Co. Donegal, directed by Br. Richard Hendrick Ofm Cap.

Young adults take time out to reflect, explore faith, experience prayer and build fellowship over the course of a weekend.

So often we can find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, stressed and grappling with acute anxiety.  This retreat through the theme – Encountering Peace, offers us the opportunity to explore end experience the deep peace which Jesus offers.

Closing date for bookings is 30th August 2018

For more details email: st.pauls@dublindiocese.ie and www.facebook.com/awakemysoulretreats

 Every Thursday – Life to the Full (Jn 10: 10) – weekly Book Club

Thursdays from 7-8.30pm in St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay.

Join other [20 & 30 year olds] to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose and how to live life to the full.  We read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts.

Email st.pauls@dublindiocese.ie and www.facebook.com/lifetothefullbookclub

Faith Related Courses / Education: 

Matthew: The King and His Kingdom Catholic Bible Study – Brackenstown Bible Study – 2018:

Matthew: The King and His Kingdom Catholic Bible Study brings the history of Christ to life through Matthew’s Gospel. You will see Jesus as the awaited Messiah who fulfills the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament, establishes the New Law, and inaugurates the Kingdom of Heaven.

Join us for Matthew: The King and His Kingdom in St Cronan’s Pastoral Centre beginning January 2018.

The study runs for a total of 24 weeks, there will be 14 classes in Spring and 10 classes in Autumn 2018.

Classes are 7.30-9pm on Monday nights, the cost is €20 and the class size will be limited to 45 people.

To register for the study call Louise at 01-8401188 or via email: brackenstownparish@gmail.com


Employment opportunities 

Alpha Ireland –Dare to lead Internship opportunity

New dynamic, creative and energetic internship programme. It’s a mission year to serve, lead, and grow as a person. 1 Corinthians 3:6 says, “I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.” Alpha have the amazing privilege of working alongside churches and schools across Ireland, helping young people access a conversation about Life, Our Purpose and Meaning through the lens of Christianity. They depend on people of faith to help this happen.

Alpha are looking for 18-25 year olds who want to serve on the team for 9 months, with the option to extend to 12 months. We have places available in Dublin, The Midlands and Cork, with each location supported by a regional coordinator. This is a paid internship. The gross salary is €18,000 per 12 months. Interns are expected to raise 44% of the salary over the course of the year, with training provided on fundraising.

If you are interested in joining the team, please get in touch with Amanda O’Shea at 086 833 0113 or amanda@alphaireland.org

Dublin Diocese

Check out: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/jobvacancies/


In the words of Pope Francis:

“Dear young friends, don’t be afraid to say “yes” to Jesus with all your heart, to respond generously and to follow him!.”

(Pope Francis, tweet Sat 8th April 2017 via https://twitter.com/Pontifex )

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