St Brendan's celebrates talented Tralee teens

A Christmas campaign on behalf of homelessness and the presentation of a 'Jesse' tree as part of Advent liturgies in St Brendan's, among many other achievements, saw a group of Transition Year students certified in the Diocesan 'Ógra Beo' programme at St Brendan's Parish on Monday.

The students received their certificates on completion of the Ógra Beo programme which offers young people 'opportunities to grow in faith as they take an active part in their local Church community'.

And the students were most certainly active, tailoring the programme to their own God-given talents and the needs of society as they identified them. The presented a Jesse Tree (a medieval Christmas tradition of using a tree to tell the story of the Bible) to St Brendan's Church during Advent; and they organised a carol singing session at the Marquee on the Mall in aid of Arlington House.

Facilitator Margaret Culloty paid tribute to all the students for their great efforts - which also saw them presenting the proceeds of the fundraiser to Martina O'Connor of Novas, the organisation which runs Arlington Lodge, on Monday night.