Many thanks to Castlecomer CS who sent photos of their launch day for the Impact group in the school. The day was bitterly cold with hail, heavy rain and even a little snow. However, just as we began the launch the sun came out and it was a perfect time for the ice cream that the group had organised to celebrate the launch. The sunny sky also made for a lovely image of the balloons that the group released as a symbol for their aspirations for the future.
Thanks must also go to Teresa and Edel who worked hard to help prepare the students for starting the group and long may it continue! We look forward to liaising with them as they SEE, JUDGE and ACT in to the future.
Fintan, Anna and Paraguayan volunteer Santiago traveled down to Castlecomer to participate in the launch day and recieved a great welcome from the students and staff. Here they are with Edel, the school chaplain.
Pope Francis tells young people, the Church and Society need you.
This is a message YCW fundementally agrees with, indeed it forms an integral part of our guiding principles. The Truth of Faith tell us that we are created in the image and likeness of God and as such we have a unique and special contribution that only we can make, to the Church and to Society. The Truth of Reality however shows us that we are often prevented from making that contribution. This can be especially true for young people. It is through the See, Judge, Act method that we help to bridge the gap between what our faith tells us and our everyday lived experiences. The Truth of method helps us to Serve, Represent and Educate young people through the method of See, Judge, Act. @YCWIreland will continue to offer this method to all young people, offering them the opportunity to make their own unique and special contribution to our Church and our Society.
On Tuesday Pope Francis released a video message to youth in advance of the next World Youth Day, to be held in Panama in 2019. He said that like the Virgin Mary, they are needed, and they should not be afraid to leave their mark on the world.
Three delegates from Ireland are currently in Malta at the EU Youth Conference. Valery Molay, Tim Vos and Paul Dockery are representing the Young Voices of Ireland at the final Conference of the current cycle of Structured Dialogue. They will return with a Toolbox of ideas for implementing recommendations in Ireland which will help to create a Europe that is more Inclusive, Diverse and Connected. Find out more about #YoungVoices on youth.ie/youngvoices