Youth Ministry in Our Lady Crowned Church – Upper Mayfield
“What does the Lord require of you, but to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8
Here in Our Lady Crowned Church in Upper Mayfield this can be our starting point for all our young people living here in our community. Youth Ministry is the Church caring for the young, offering them Jesus’ delightful vision of human possibility. It is about reaching out to them and giving them opportunities to use their gifts within the community. Out of positive relationships with others, society and God will develop.
When our church was built here in 1962 and when it officially became a parish in its own right in 1979 – young people were seen as being an important part of the fabric of our community and the future of our parish and community. In 2021 this is also true and our vision for the future of our church, parish and community.
Youth ministry is a ministry to, with, by and for young people that involves their families, their parish community and the larger community. It is not about programmes and events, but about providing a service to, with and for young people.
Taking Jesus as a model, we seek to meet young people where they are, journey with them into young adulthood, help them to discover their giftedness and offer opportunities for them to put their gifts at the service of others.
Our young people can be involved in various ways with the help of their parents or guardians such as:
The Ministry of Altar Server.
The Ministry of the Word
The Ministry of Music.
Pope John Paul II Awards
The Pope John Paul II Award was launched by Bishop Fintan Gavin and the Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office in 2019 and is a faith achievement award for young people between the age of 16 and 18. It is non-competitive, inclusive, flexible and voluntary.
The Award enables participants to take an active part in the life of their parish, in the life of their community and society. It enables young people to become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world and to engage at a deep level with Christ.
Awards – Gold, Silver & Bronze
Awards are earned by taking part in parish and social activities – 1 hour per week over 8, 14 or 20 weeks. There are 3 Award levels – Gold, Silver & Bronze.
Papal Cross Award
Those who have completed the Gold Award have a further option of completing the Papal Cross Award.
For more information please email or telephone Fr Charlie or our Parish Award Leader: firstname.lastname@example.org or 086 230 8622
Diocese of Cork and Ross Young Adult Pilgrimage to Lourdes
This initiative started in 2011 by the Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office. Young Adults between 18 and 25 years travel with the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in June and help with the sick and work with a team of helpers. They also are involved in the music and liturgies during the week in Lourdes. If any young person aged between 18 and 25 years can contact Fr Charlie Kiely on 086 230 8622