Young people and their faith during Lent

St. Nicholas Parish, Carrick on Suir organised a series of celebrations of faith on Wednesday evenings during Lent.

St. Nicholas Parish, Carrick on Suir organised a series of celebrations of faith on Wednesday evenings during Lent.

The Parish Pastoral Council set aside one of the Wednesday evenings for the youth of the town and asked the St. Vincent de Paul Youth Conference to organise the liturgy.

They provided a half hour reflection on their faith with the theme “On the Road to Emmaus” underlining the fact that, like the two disciples, they often find it difficult to recognise Jesus because of the distractions or disinterest in their lives.

The young people sang, they read, prayed and presented an insight into their faith journey through drama.

They were blessed with water and extended the hand of peace to all in the congregation.

The students from Greenhill School Choir provided the singing, and candles were carried to the altar by students in their school uniform from Comeragh College and the Christian Brothers School.

As the liturgy took place in the week following the coach deaths in Switzerland and the shootings in France, part of the liturgy was dedicated to the memory of those who died.

Twenty-eight red and blue candles were presented during the Prayers of the Faithful, which were read in Swahili, Polish and English.

However there was one disappointment.

During the Diocesan Listening Process in the Carraig Hotel some years ago, the first question at almost every table was – how do we get the young people back into the Church.

During the weekend before the Youth Celebration of Faith, the congregations at Masses were addressed by a young person with the simple message ‘here we come, join us’. Very few did.