FIVE DIFFERENT schools were represented at the 'Eucharistic Ministers Commissioning Mass' celebrated by Fr John Dunphy last Thursday in St Clare's Church in Graiguecullen.
In total, 34 young people were commissioned after an eight- week training course. During their training they explored the origins of the Mass and the true meaning and importance of the Eucharist.
Youth leader Cathríona Kelly said: ' The young people have shown great interest over the weeks and asked many questions that most people are too afraid to ask. It gives great hope for the future of the Church to see so many young people standing up to profess their faith in front of their family and friends.'
The commissioning Mass was very well attended, with Frs Liam Morgan, Brian Kavanagh and James McCormack all there to support their young parishioners who completed the course in Graiguecullen Parish Centre.
Almost half the group have also signed up to become special ministers of the Eucharist to the sick and housebound. This means that they will each visit the elderly or sick in their local area and distribute Holy Communion to them weekly.
Cathríona said: ' This will mean a great deal to these people as most can only receive once a month from a priest.'
Families, school principals and friends spoke highly of the young people afterwards in the parish centre.