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! 

Taize Prayer – St. Cronan’s Church Pastoral Centre, Brackenstown – next one: Fri 10th Nov

From 7:30pm-8:30pm including Taize chants, prayer and silence. All welcome. 

Pope Francis wants to hear from 16-29 year olds – survey closes 30th November 2017

In advance of the upcoming Synod on young people taking place in 2018, Pope Francis wants to hear the views of young people aged 16-29 from around the world.

Have your say by completing the survey at the following link by 30th November 2017:


For more details on the Synod on young people check out: http://youth.synod2018.va/content/synod2018/en.html


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



World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Mass 19th November – Musicians/singers sought for televised Mass

Singers and instrumentalists are sought for the live broadcast of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Mass on 19th November 2017. The mass will be held in St Michan’s Catholic Church on Halston Street, Dublin 7. Mass will be celebrated by Fr Bryan Shortall OFM Cap. The Mass will also be celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Church. Full rehearsal on Saturday 18th in St Michan’s at around 3pm and one rehearsal beforehand on Friday 10th November, Venue TBC. To take part and sign up please fill out the following doodle form. https://doodle.com/poll/ies8mc9d3bnv79cx 

Upcoming Events for young people:

  • Fri 10th Nov – Taize Prayer

7:30pm-8:30pm – St. Cronan’s Church Pastoral Centre, Brackenstown

Including Taize chants, prayer and silence. All welcome. 

  • Tue 14th Nov – Ignatian Spirituality Weekly Sessions

Week 2 of 6 – “Guided Examen”

19:30 – 21:00  –  36 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

For more details contact: Vincent Castaldi  vcastaldi@outlook.com

  • Sat 18th Nov – An afternoon of Grace through the intercession of Padre Pio

3pm-6pm, The Capuchin Friary Hall, Church Street, Dublin 7 (near Four Courts Luas stop)

Led by Fr. John Mockler, including Mass and blessing with First Class relic. All are very welcome.

  • Fri 24th Nov – Family Tree healing Mass

St. Brigid’s Parish Church, Blanchardstown village

Mass at 7:30pm followed by individual healing and Benediction. Devotions include Confession, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Brigid’s Church from 10:30am. 

  • Sat 25th – Sun 26th Nov – Thalita Kum weekend for 16-35 year olds

Parish centre of St. Bernadette’s Church, Clogher Road, Dublin 12

For more details contact: allianceofmercy@gmail.com or (089) 9648642

To book go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfujGoUzYjqPK8W3wP1Zo_rWyk5dOcQPs1mLe-pFEmEydb-Ng/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

  • Sat 2nd Dec – Nightfever Dublin

St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street Dublin 2

The evening begins at the 6 pm Vigil Mass, after which follows three hours of Adoration while the Nightfever missionaries invite people into the church. It concludes at 10.30 pm with Benediction.

For any young people interested in getting involved, whether in the street evangelisation itself or in any other way (e.g set-up, hospitality, etc, etc) email nightfeverireland@gmail.com  or message the Nightfever Dublin facebook page.

For information about the event and how it started check out: www.nightfever.org 

  • Fri 8th Dec – The Encounter Dublin City – event for 20-30 yr olds

8pm. St Paul’s Church, Arran Quay (Smithfield).

Are you looking for more in life? Join other young adults (20’s & 30’s) for a night of live acoustic music, reflective prayer in adoration, with guest speaker on life, faith & purpose. Followed by social, pizza & refreshments. Free event. st.pauls@dublindiocese.ie     www.facebook.com/theencounterdublincity


  • Fri 8th to Sun 10th Dec – Youth2000 Christmas Retreat – (16-35yr olds)

Newbridge College, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

For more details check out: http://youth2000.ie/youth-2000-christmas-retreat-8th-to-10th-december-2017/   

  • Fri 15th Dec – Taize Prayer

7:30pm-8:30pm – St. Cronan’s Church Pastoral Centre, Brackenstown

Including Taize chants, prayer and silence. All welcome. 

Faith Related Courses / Education: 

Exploring Scripture

A series of talks with Fr. Kieran O’Mahony OSA on Tuesdays at 7.30pm in Yellow Walls Parish Centre.

The Course promises to be very interesting and will continue for five weeks (commenced Tue 10th Oct). 

Exploring your Catholic Faith and Culture

Autumn 2017 – Malahide Parish Centre – commenced Mon 25th Sept running to mid-December

This course consists of 10 Monday evening sessions from 7.30pm to approx. 9pm in the Malahide parish centre, providing contextual, exploratory and interview based videos on our Catholic faith and Catholic culture. These videos are primarily EWTN based, and focused on the essence of a topic, so as to help point one in the right direction for more detailed study and understanding.

You are welcome to all or any session. There is no cost involved. Parking available in Malahide Castle car park near the centre.

Fingal Bible Study – recommencing Tue 10th Oct

8pm, St. Annes Church Parish Centre, Portmarnock

These Tuesday evening sessions will continue until about Easter 2018. 

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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