Youth News – Get Involved

Published on September 19, 2018

The Parishes of Naas, Sallins and Two Mile House invites young people to join the youth groups that are active in
the Parish
1. Altar Servers Club ( from 3rd class to 6th class inc,) Mondays at 3.30pm. Friendship, Fun and Faith!
2. Little Blessings Childrens Liturgy ( 4 years – 10 years) Sunday Mass 10.30am Ballycane
3. Junior ARK Youth Group ( 1st year – 3rd year inc.) Mondays at 4.30pm.
4. John Paul II Awards / Ark Youth Group ( Transition Year) Time to be decided.
5. Senior ARK Youth group / JP II ( 5th/ 6th Year) Time to be decided.
It has been a very busy and exciting year for the youth in our Parish. The Altar Servers had a visit from the WMOF camera crew and were filmed singing and praying during Adoration and pizza party after! This film was shown at the Congress in the R.D.S. The JP II students have been active in the Parish singing for the CNS First Holy Communion, Becoming Eucharistic Ministers, volunteering with the Little Blessings Liturgy Group and involving themselves with the new youth group in the Parish – ARK – Awareness, Relationships, Kerygma (announcing the joy of the Gospel).
Our ARK Group / J.P II students are just back from a Diocesan Pilgrimage with 100 other young people from the Diocese.

It was a fun and fruitful trip. Below are extracts from some of the testimonies that the students wrote:

“ For me, there were two standout moments. Firstly the baths. I can’t possibly summon the word to describe the experience . You say a prayer and then you are lowered into the water and then brought straight up. It was truly invigorating. And finally our visit to the Grotto of Massabielle at midnight. In daylight the statue of the Immaculate
Conception appeared to be nothing special. But I found that at night the statue quite literally transformed into
something special. You do really have to be there to understand. We stayed for a good half hour looking up at the
statue. I found it very moving and began to think about my own family, and those who I have lost and miss so
much. If this Pilgrimage has taught me one thing it is that God can not promise a good life in this world but He can
in the next. It brought me some reassurance that all those who I miss are looking down on me and I will join them
one day.”
“Lourdes was such a good experience. To be honest I didn’t think it was going to be as amazing as it was! I loved
the youth sessions in the evening. I definitely won’t forget the craic we had at breakfast ,lunch and dinner! I love
the sing–alongs in the hotel. I don’t think I’ve ever sang so many songs in my life! It was great to see so many
teenagers on the trip. I really like all the priests that went. I found they made the Masses, stations of the cross so
much more interesting and I found it very engaging which at times I was a bit surprised at . I really didn’t think I’d
have such an amazing time in Lourdes and I0,000% want to go back next year ( and so do the others) .
“ The highlight of the week was the last night at the Grotto. It was just so peaceful and calming. It kind of
connected us all as a group. Overall this trip has opened my eyes to so many things I will never take for granted