15 Aug 2013

Muintearas Iosa - Limerick dioceses own Youth Ministry - going strong since 1978

The Irish Catholic has a piece this week on Limerick's Muintearas Iosa and their annual pilgrimage/visit to Brú na Gráige in Co Kerry near Slea Head. To define Muintearas is almost impossible as it means so many things to so many different people but is summed up in Craic, Credimh, Ceol agus Cultúir (fun, faith, music and culture) more often expressed as the Three Fires of Muintearas Iosa - Fáilte, Foghlaim agus Guí (welcome, learning and prayer).

Fáilte means welcome and involves welcoming everyone to the weekend irrespective of background. It means having a welcome for their abilities and talents, as well as a welcome for yourself and what you can bring to the weekend. Fáilte above all means having a welcome for God who welcomed us first.

Foghlaim means Learning. This can range from learning about yourself, to learning with and through others. It can also happen through formal workshops, which in the past have covered areas like the scripture, sacraments, environment, justice, spirituality and dance. Workshops often generate lively debate and increased awareness.

Guí. Participants in the weekend also learn about God, through "Guí" or prayer. This involves recognising and honouring God within yourself and others and in all aspects of life. This can come about by taking the time to sense life all around us, by silent prayer, by singing or by taking part in Mass. The Mass very is special and it is the personal involvement of the people on the weekend that makes it so. Everyone has an invaluable part to play and this helps to bring the Mass alive in a way which most would not have thought possible. Many discover for the first time that there is a God that relates to them.

Check out the article from the Irish Catholic HERE including some great photos.

You can follow some of the "antics" of Muintearas Iosa or Eaglais Og on the Limerick Diocesan website HERE and on their Facebook page HERE.

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