Fr Tom Fogarty pictured left with Archbishop Emeritus Dermot Clifford.
Prayer card and wristband to be launched also with two Gold Medals for the John Paul 11 awards to be presented.
Sunday will be a red letter day for the people of Littleton when a special youth themed Mass to be celebrated by Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, will see a new hymn launched as well as a prayer card and wrist band.
And, two parishioners will also be presented with their gold medals from the Pope John Paul 11 Awards for outstanding community and church work undertaken in recent times.
The 30 strong folk group have been enhancing ceremonies throughout the parish since their formation more than a year ago. And, thanks to the efforts of the group and Lorraine Treacy, Stella Quinn and Helen O'Sullivan, they have penned the very catchy “I'm on a Journey” which will be launched on Sunday at 12 noon Mass.
“The folk group has made a real impression in the parish and their idea of writing this hymn has really captured the imagination. The theme of our Mass on Sunday is youth and I am delighted that Archbishop Kieran ( pictured far right) is coming to celebrate with us. I am inviting and appealing to the youth of our parish to come along on the day and make it a real celebration,” Rev Fr Tom Fogarty, PP told The Tipperary Star.
The folk group has already come to national prominence having performed live on RTE television as part of the Sunday Mass back in March, with Fr Fogarty celebrating. The group proved well up to the challenge and earned many positive comments as a result of their achievements on TV.
Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly
The idea of a credit card sized prayer card has also been taken up and can be placed in a purse or wallet with real ease. This prayer card was devised by Anna Hayes, Joan Doherty, Emma Hayes and Liam Blake and there is also a wrist band available in the parish colours which will be a big hit with teenagers. This innovative projects have been taken on by the committee and they are delighted to be able to bring them to their peers now and to anyone else who wishes to have them.
In addition to all of this, Heather Ryan and Aoife Meagher will receive gold medals from the Pope John Paul 11 Awards for their huge efforts for church and parish with over 100 hours each in church work and 85 hours each for parish work undertaken in recent times. The girls were involved in organising retreats for primary school children, were readers in the church, and were assistant secretaries for the organising of a summer camp as well. They have been a huge help undertaking many tasks and assisting in whatever way they can.
“They have made an enormous contribution to the church and to the parish and I am delighted that they are receiving gold medals in recognition of this. The great thing about it all is that they have led by example and we now have eight more teenagers involved in working towards the awards for 2018,” Fr Fogarty (pictured left) said.
The folk group will travel to Rome in February for what will be a unique and memory making trip to the Eternal City. Thirty teenagers will be led by Fr Fogarty and the three folk group leaders and they will perform at Mass in the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore - the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, which is the largest Marian church in Rome. Although it is not located in the Vatican State it is owned and controlled by the Vatican - the scale of the basilica is breathtaking and the magnificent works of art located within awe-inspiring.
They will also tour the Vatican and the major iconic sites for what will be the trip of a lifetime and Fr Fogarty is reall looking forward to heading off with them.
“They have worked very hard to raise the funds to go on this trip and there is tremendous excitement about it all. We have to express our gratitude to the people of the parish who have been so generous with their support of this trip. The parishioners have supported their youth and that is just tremendous,” Fr Fogarty said. The old Irish seanfhocal - mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí - would certainly seem to apply to this group of teenagers from Littleton.
An open invitation is extended to all to come along to 12 noon Mass in Littleton on Sunday to celebrate what will be a unique event. The door of welcome is open to all.