Youth Trip 2016

YOUTH MUSIC GROUP have enjoyed a week in Chester in England at the start of July. During that time they visited the Beatles Museum in Liverpool, Old Trafford Football Stadium, Cadburys Chocolate Factory, went down a Coal mine in Wakefield and the usual shopping expeditions. Everyone had a wonderful time and thankfully a safe trip. We stayed in the lovely accommodation of Milton Brook  Cottages, which allowed us do self-catering, and the swimming pool was a wonderful facility for many hours of fun.  A big thanks to the adult leaders for supervision and helping all to go smoothly.

 The total cost of the trip was approximately €10,000 which includes all travel accommodation and meals.  Six adults travelled with the group and 35 young people paying €150 each. The remaining cost was subsided from the Youth Club Funds and many thanks to all those who supported in anyway our fund raising throughout the year.

Plans are already being put in place for next year’s group spending a week in Scotland, which will be a holiday of a very different kind but hopefully equally as enjoyable.      
New members always welcome into the group from the Secondary School age group, the programme will begin in September and we will keep you posted.

Safeguarding Childern

Child Protection Policy and Procedures for the Diocese of Meath. Visit the dedicated website here for furture details.
Holy Family Parish Safeguarding Reps: Lorraine Vaughey, Rita McArdle. Contact details available through the parish office at 041 9831991.
The Meath Dioecesan designated liason persons: Nuala McLoughlin, Fr Sean Henry. Contact details from the parish office.

Alter Servers
Our team of servers is drawn from our parish schools and also includes others who attend mass in Holy Family. We have a rota for serving Saturday and Sunday masses. Serving at Mass helps develop the faith of the young people and keep their interest in the Mass. They learn a lot about all the different elements and the involvement of a wide range of people in the Eucharistic celebration.   On a social front we also bring young people to the cinema, theatre and explore the great outdoors. These outings create a great sense of fun, provide encouragement to the boys and girls in their commitment to serving and also help make them proud to be part of the wider team that minister within the Church each week end.
We always welcome new members to the serving team.

Youth Ministry in Holy Family Church
As well as all of the youth programmes we always welcome the inclusion of young people as Readers and Eucharistic Ministers at our Masses. Its always great to see youthful faces involved in the sacristy and on the altar during services. On entering secondary school we invite young people to become Readers at Mass. Parishioners love to see new faces and fresh voices. Youth can then move on to become Eucharistic Ministers at a later time and so participate on an equal basis among the adult ministers.

Youth Gospel Choir Group

This is a fun loving mixed group of 12 to 17 yrs of age. Practice session is 6 – 7 every Monday evening and takes place in Holy Family Church. As well as performing in the Church on a monthly basis the group present a full gospel musical on an annual basis.   Our shows are aimed specifically at young people and we seek to explore faith and its connection to the everyday’s issues and situations people encounter. The young people are encouraged to contribute their ideas and input in our script writings and music choices.   Many of our musical shows are home produced productions and we have often travelled elsewhere to perform, most often the North of Ireland and even as far away as Houston, Texas.


The group also work as leaders in our Summer Camps for the younger age groups, and they greatly enjoy the experience, as well as helping developing their confidence and range of skills.
After all the hard work, we take to the road for our annual holiday travelling to Scotland, England or France. This week away is full of adventure, fun and strong long lasting friendships are often forged.
Check out more in our Photo Gallery and then come along to check us out..
Monday evening to 7pm 

Holy Family Youth Club 
Was formed in 1995 and operates on a voluntary basis, being affiliated to Youth Work Ireland. Our club meets Friday night 6 – 8pm in Holy Family Community Centre in Ballsgrove. Activities include indoor football, tennis, badminton, pool, air hockey, soccer table, table tennis, computers and dance. Food is also provided from the Loaves & Fishes Café at the end of our evening allowing a winding down nice social time for the young people. We undertake trips to the Cinema, Theatre, explore the wilds of the Wicklow Mountains or have fun at the water park or the beach.
New members are always welcome and we also welcome new volunteer helpers (provided they fulfil criteria around suitability for working with young people.)
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                        Club night: Fri 6 – 8pm
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