Diocesan Youth Group on Clare Island

Clare Island & the Diocesan Youth Council’s final preparations for Eucharistic Congress

The third DYC preparation day for the young people from Tuam Diocese who plan to attend Congress took place in Clare Island on Sunday May 27th.  Following two previous successful preparation events; “Dare to Begin” in Ballintubber on March 19th and “Dare to Climb” on Croagh Patrick on April 29th the preparation for the Congress concluded on Clare Island for over 40 young people from around the diocese.  Among the parishes represented in the group are Claremorris, Tooreen/Aghamore, Kilvine, Crossboyne, Tuam, Castlebar and Killererin.

The DYC group were guests of the young people on Clare Island who had prepared all the parts for the celebration of the Eucharist which took place in the Church of the Sacred Heart at 2.30 pm on Sunday afternoon.  The mass included traditional and contemporary music and song as well as readings, prayers for those preparing for exams, an offertory procession and some reflections all prepared by the young islanders.

Following the mass and a short visit to the adjoining Abbey, the young people journeyed to the Island Community Centre where food and refreshments were laid on for the visitors.  Two of the young people from the island then addressed the gathering on what it is like to live in an Island parish.   There followed some input on the DYC and the forthcoming Eucharistic Congress before the final preparations were made for the group’s journey to Dublin next month.

A short impromptu football game between the islanders and the visitors took place on the beach in the glorious summer sunshine before the ferry took the DYC group back to the mainland.       Next stop is the RDS and the International Eucharistic Congress on June 14th. [END]

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