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

Variety of events in Dublin on Fri 24th August of interest to young people to mark World Meeting of Families, including:

  • Nightfever Dublin
  • Rexbank in concert
  • The Encounter Dublin City

See upcoming events for young people section below for more details!


Maranatha – hosted by Donabate youth group – next one Fri 7th Sept

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 Fri 7th Sept

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


Transformed Parish Conference 2018 – early bird tickets now on sale

Maynooth – Wed 28th Nov

For more details, bookings etc check out: https://transformedparish.ie/?mc_cid=0866443291&mc_eid=521c5af643


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



Upcoming Events for young people: 

  • Fri 17th to Sun 19th July – Seek & Find – 18 – 30 yrs olds

Glencomeragh House, Co. Waterford

Holy Family Mission, Waterford invite 18 to 30 yr olds to SEEK & FIND – a once-off alternative to the Youth 2000 Roscrea summer retreat in the rolling hills and beautiful forest of Holy Family Mission in County Waterford. This is a weekend for anyone who is wondering if there is more to life. For anyone who believes that God exists, but wants to know more. For all of us who want to deepen our existing faith. For anyone who is unsure if He exists and feels their questions have not been answered.

Come to SEEK & FIND, and encounter Jesus Christ in excellent speakers; holy mass; workshops; music ministry; sacramental healing, and in the authentic friendships you will make that will take you on the journey of a lifetime.

Cost €70 including meals but if this is too expensive you can let them know.

For more details check out: https://www.facebook.com/HolyFamilyMissionIreland/  or call/text: 087 2755908 

  • Youth 2000 Summer Festival – Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary **unfortunately this event has had to be postponed due to Youth2000 being asked to run workshops and activities in the Youth area at World Meeting of Families** 
  • 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 24th Aug – Nightfever Dublin – World Meeting of Families Special

St. Teresa’s Church, Claredon Street, Dublin 2 – commencing with Mass at 5pm

Nightfever Dublin team are incredibly excited to announce that they will be having a special Nightfever event during the World Meeting of Families!

With Dublin’s streets filled with people visiting to see the Pope, we thought it would be an excellent time to host a Nightfever event. It will be the same as usual starting with mass in St. Teresa’s Church on Clarendon Street, and then our volunteers can head out onto Grafton Street inviting people in. The only difference this time is it will be taking place on a Friday, and it will be starting with mass at 5pm.

We are looking forward to such a special night, and we really hope you can make it!

For more details check out: https://www.facebook.com/nightfeverdublin/

 Fri 24th Aug – Rexband in Concert!

6pm – 8:30pm, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght

For tickets contact Sony: 0894982395; Alex 0877577684 or Binu 0872257765 or for online tickets go to: www.syromalabar.ie


  • Fri 24th Aug – The Encounter, Dublin City (20 & 30 yr olds)

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

8pm in St Paul’s Church, Arran Quay

With live music from the incredible Audrey Assad and the guest speaker for the night is the amazing Isaac Withers.

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


  • Fri 7th Sept – 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 7th Sept – 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


  • 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


  • Newly commenced spiritual book club at Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin

Thursday’s from 7:30pm-9pm

For more info check out: https://emmauscentre.ie/what-we-do/community/


  • 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: 

Catholicism Series – 10th Anniversary Free Online Screening Event 7th to 16th August

For the first time, in breathtaking and high-definition cinematography, the truth, goodness, and beauty of Catholicism are illustrated in a multimedia experience. Journey with Bishop Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 16 countries. Be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of this global culture that claims more than one billion of the earth’s people, and discover the full meaning of the faith

For trailer and to register for your ticket to the free screenings check out: https://catholicismseries.com/watch


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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