Hundreds Of Students To Attend Céiliúradh Na nÓg Next Week In Tralee

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OVER 300 post-primary students from across the Diocese of Kerry are gathering together for a celebration day in the Brandon Hotel, Tralee on Wednesday, March 29.

All post-primary schools in the Diocese of Kerry were invited to participate in ‘Ceiliúradh na nÓg.’  The purpose of this initiative is to develop the faith life of Transition and Fifth year students.  This was achieved through school or parish-based initiatives.

Ceiliúradh na nOg forms part of a comprehensive approach to Youth Ministry initiated by the Diocese of Kerry.  It is coordinated by the Diocesan Advisor in collaboration with the principals, teachers, chaplains and students of the diocesan Post-Primary schools.

For the academic year 2016-2017, the programme was carried out through a number of stages.  The students actively participated in a faith based programme of exploration, action and reflection.  As noted above, some schools choose a parish outreach programme such as visiting a nursing home, getting involved with parish liturgy groups or helping the elderly.  Some schools choose to partake in school centred projects, for example, preparing school liturgies throughout the year or helping organise the school choir for various liturgical events.

The theme for the celebration day is ‘Let your Light Shine’. Br. Richard Hendrick OFM Cap. will be the guest speaker.

Working from the theme ‘Let your Light Shine,’ Br. Richard will ask the question; “What would it be like to live a fully awake life, to live the life of the saints? What would it be like to be fully awake to the presence of God in your life?  This talk will invite the students to a deeper awareness of the power of the Holy Spirit to enlighten their whole existence and call you into the fullness of who they are in Christ.”

Students will present a three minute presentation on their project, they will also be interviewed by Deirdre Walsh of Radio Kerry.  Later they will be presented with a certificate of participation by Bishop Ray Browne.

The day will also include a number of faith based workshops presented by NUA Film Series Ireland, Mir Retreat Centre in Cork and Trócaire.  There will also Drama and movement workshops presented by Siamsa Tire.  The Kerry Diocesan Youth Service will also facilitate fun workshops in the afternoon.

This event is organised by Tomás Kenny, Post-Primary Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education.

The event begins in the Brandon Hotel, Tralee at 9:30am on Wednesday, March 29th and will finish at 2:45pm.

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