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Invitations from the Diocesan Youth Office: Carfin, Lourdes, Portugal

Following the absolute nightmare of Covid restrictions the diocesan Youth Ministry Office is now up and running again and recruiting for 4 important events for our children and young people:

1. Visit to Carfin Grotto for primary school children during the period of the Relics of St Bernadette being there.

Our diocesan day is Tuesday 27th September. The Diocesan Youth Office will be in touch with all our primary schools this week to offer them preparation material to help them celebrate the life of Mary under the title Our Lady of Lourdes and the place Bernadette plays in that devotion.  Clusters will be encouraged to organise a visit to Carfin Grotto on the Tuesday to have a tour around the Grotto and celebrate the 1pm Mass together with the Archdiocese of Glasgow. Our own diocesan administrator, Fr McFadden will be the main celebrant. The parish will help our school of St. Maru’s Primary to cover the cost of transport.

2. National Youth Pilgrimage to Dunkeld and Birnam-Saturday 24th September.

Cf. the Poster below. A free coach will leave from at 10.30am at St Matthew’s Academy, Saltcoats going on to Dunkeld. Our young people should sign-up by contacting the youth office at:

Tel: 01387 252603 or email:

There is no charge for transport or event but participants should bring along a packed lunch.

3. Youth for Lourdes 2023

The Diocesan Youth Office is now actively recruiting for young people aged 4th year to aged 23 years to join the diocesan Youth for Lourdes team. The pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 03-10 July 2023 and the approximate cost is £650 per person. The YfL group has decided to fly with the diocesan pilgrimage this time.

4. World Youth Day 2023

It is also actively recruiting for participants to join in preparing and participating int he next international World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal from 26th July till 9th August 2023. The approximate cost for that trip is £750 per person. This is open to young people aged 16-25 years by time of departure. The preparation meetings will begin soon.