9 Transition Year Students from Pobalscoil na Tríonóide in Youghal, accompanied by School Chaplain Fr Damien Lynch, joined a further 300 TY students from all over Munster and further afield for the Youth Day at Mount Melleray on 2nd May 2017. The Pobalscoil group also provided the music and singing at the Mass which completed the day. Ronan Monaghan, a member of the Pobalscoil group, provides the following account of what took place.
This year, the national Youth Faith Day was held on the 2nd of May at Mount Melleray (Co. Waterford) and was open to Transition Year students of many schools in the nearby dioceses and archdioceses. Luckily, our school was situated approximately 40 minutes away from Mount Melleray monastery, unlike some who came all the way form Kildare! We were very blessed with the weather that day as the sun shone tremendously.
First on the programme was a warm welcome from the local bishop, Bishop Cullinan (Bishop of Waterford and Lismore), who gave us a quick rundown on what would happen throughout the day. He then introduced us to Bishop Frank Caggiano from Bridgeport in the United States who gave us a deep and thought-provoking talk for an hour or so. We then took a short break.
Once we returned from our break on the grass outside the church, we listened to the story of a young person who had had a deeply religious experience. Her name was Áine, and the whole church fell silent as she told her story, as everyone seemed to relate to it. After this, we took part in Eucharistic Adoration for approximately 15 minutes and then we had lunch, during which a group of us walked down to the shop and got ice cream which was just perfect in the beautiful weather.
After our ice creams, we returned to the church for another reflection from Bishop Caggiano. After this, we finished up with the celebration of Mass, accompanied by some angelic singing and terrific organ playing throughout! We finished up and left the church with smiles on our faces, glad to have taken the opportunity of taking part in a great day.