Vocations in the midst of our Young Church

As an initiative of the current Year for Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood, the Vocations Office of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference is participating at the ‘Youth 2000 Summer Festival’ over these four days at Clongowes Wood College SJ, Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin.  Over five hundred young people are expected to attend this annual festival of faith.
The festival includes daily Mass, celebrated tomorrow by Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare & Leighlin, and by Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan of Waterford & Lismore on Sunday; speakers reflecting on Jesus and Mary in our life; all night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; praise and worship concert; discussions in small and large groups; personal testimonies; workshops; drama; and an introduction to Holy Scripture. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is also available for those in attendance.
Bishop Cullinan said, “I am so grateful to the Youth 2000 for hosting this faith retreat for the benefit of so many young people from the 32 counties of Ireland.  Last week I, and 1,500 pilgrims from our island, had the wonderful experience of attending World Youth Day in Lisbon, and the final Mass celebrated by Pope Francis for 1.5m people.  The powerful words of the Holy Father, encouraging young people not be afraid to change the world, still echo in my heart:
    “the Church and the world need you, the young, as much as the earth needs rain. To all of you, dear young people, who are the present and the future, yes to all of you, Jesus now says: “Have no fear”, “Do not be afraid!”
Father Willie Purcell of our own Diocese and Deacon Eric Cooney of Dublin, are representing the Bishops’ Vocations Office stand at the festival.  Father Purcell is also presenting at a workshop on the theme, The vocational call to diocesan priesthood. 
Father Purcell said, “I am very happy with the questions and positive conversations about vocations that I heard today.  The call to diocesan priesthood is radical, counter-cultural, and means taking the risk for Christ.  Wherever he is called, the diocesan priest serves his people and Church with generosity and a total trust in God.  He, like Mary with the heart of a missionary, bring Christ into the lives and hearts of those placed in his care.  Personally, I feel my vocation to be a blessing and I am humbled on a daily basis by the level of support that I receive in my ministry.”

Key Dates

Key Dates

Please note: It may be necessary to reschedule some of the below times and dates. Please check the school website throughout the year for confirmation of the most up to date information.

Thursday 24th
6th year students return at 8:50
Friday 25th
3rd year students return 8:50am/ 1st Year Induction at 11am
Monday 28th
2nd year, 5th year and TY students return to school at 8:50am
Monday 18th
Open Evening
Friday 22nd
Sports Day
Monday 25th
School Closed
Thursday 19th (4:15-6:45pm)
6th Year P/T Meeting
Friday 27th
Mid-Term Break Begins @ 1pm
Monday 6th
School Reopens after Mid-Term Break
Thursdays 9th (7pm)
6th Year Careers Information Evening
Thursday 16th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
3rd Year P/T Meeting
Thursday 23rd (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
5th Year P/T Meeting
Friday 24th
Staff Training Day (No School for Students)
Monday 27th
Staff Training Day (No School for Students)
Friday 22nd
Christmas Holidays Begin @ 1pm
Monday 8th
School Reopens after Christmas Holidays
Thursday 11th (7pm)
Subject Choice Meeting for 1st Year Parents
Thursday 18th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
1st Year P/T Meeting
Monday 22nd
Staff Training Day (No School for Students)
Thursday 25th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
2nd Year P/T Meeting
Monday 29th (Jan) - Friday 9th (Feb)
Mock Examinations for JC & LC
Monday 5th
St Brigid's Day (School Closed)
Wednesday 7th (7pm)
Subject Choice Meeting for Transition Year Parents
Friday 9th
Mid -Term Break Begins @ 1pm
Monday 19th
School Reopens after Mid-Term Break
Thursday 22nd (4:15-6:45pm)
TY P/T Meeting
Friday 1st
St Kieran's Day Activities
Monday 18th
School Closed
Friday 22nd
Easter Holidays Begin @ 1pm
Monday 8th
School Reopens after Easter Holidays
Thursday 18th (7pm)
3rd Year Parents Information Evening for TY
Monday 6th
School Closed (Bank Holiday)
Tuesday 7th
School Closed
Friday 31st
Summer Holidays Begin
Wednesday 5th
Junior & Leaving cert exams start

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