14 December 2017

Commissioning JPPC 2012

We are delighted that Archbishop Browne Commissioned our Junior Parish Pastoral Council on Saturday 6th of October, when he visited Tullamore to celebrate the Vigil Mass to mark the Close of the Parish Novena and to launch the Year of Faith.

The Tullamore Junior Parish Pastoral Council (JPPC) was founded in September 2006 by members of the parish team who believed that young people should have more of a say in the running of their parish and their Church. It's members hail from all of the local secondary schools with members aged from 12 to 18. The council’s main aim is to give young people a voice on parish and Church affairs and try to involve them more in Church life.

Since 2006 the Junior PPC has grown from strength to strength. They organise Bingo sessions for senior citizens during their midterm breaks, they organise liturgies during Advent and Lent and attend monthly meetings. They along with some of their peers are ministers of the Word and Ministers of Holy Communion. They are the founder and first ever host of the National Parish Youth Conference. Next February will be our 4th conference.

A new iniative by “Midlands Alpha” begun this year, sees parish youth groups coming together every 6 weeks or so to support and learn from each other as well as have some fun. Young people  from Ballynacarrigy Ratoath, Kilbeggan, Mullingar gathered on Saturday 6th October for a youth day centring on liturgical music under the direction of Mr Ian Callanan. That evening they sang along side the Parish Folk Group – Shalom, at the Vigil Mass celebrated by the Archbishop.

At the root of all that JPPC do is prayer. Every Sunday evening members of the council and other young people of the parish gather for prayer friendship  lively discussion on the Gospel and refreshments.

As a parish we appreciate all the work of past members of the JPPC especially the last 2 chairpersons – Connor o Brien and Ciara Molly. Niamh Burke has taken over as chairperson this year and has a very supportive team behind her with great plans for the year ahead.

As a parish team and community we are very proud of not just our Junior Parish Pastoral Council, but all our young people.

Commissioning

of Tullamore Junior Parish Pastoral Council

After the homily Sr Genny presents the candidates by reading a short introduction

Archbishop          Dear friends are you willing to represent this parish community by serving on the Junior Parish Pastoral Council?

JPPC                     We are

Archbishop          Are you willing to give generously of your time and talents in this great work of service?

JPPC                     We are

Archbishop          Are you willing through prayer, example and good deeds to spread the Good News of the Gospel?

JPPC                     We are

Archbishop          May the Lord bless your Eyes so that you may see the goodness and uniqueness of God in every person you meet.

May the Lord bless your Ears so that you may listen and remain open to the diversity of needs that exist within this community.

May the Lord bless your Lips so that you may speak the truth honestly, openly, and powerfully in all you do.

And may the Lord bless your Hands that they may serve as an extension of Christ’s as you reach out in compassionate service for the good of the Kingdom.

God of all life,
we ask you to bless these young people
whom you have called forth to serve.

Guide and sustain them so their ministry will bring forth
all of the richness and diversity you have bestowed upon this community.

Empower them to be prophetic voices of today
as they prepare to lead us into the possibilities of tomorrow.

Inspire all they do so their actions reflect your purpose and divine will.

We ask this blessing upon each of them
through Christ, our risen Lord.

JPPC           AMEN!

Archbishop    As a sign of your commissioning we now present you with a candle.