Catholic Youth Care launch their annual appeal

07 Nov 2011

Catholic Youth Care launch their annual appeal

Parishioners in the Archdiocese of Dublin are being asked to support Catholic Youth Care (CYC) in their annual church appeal, which takes place at all masses this weekend, ( 12th and 13th November).

Dublin county footballer Ger Brennan today launched Catholic Youth Care’s annual appeal in the Finglas Youth Service and urged the public to give as generously as they could.

Also this weekend CYC is holding a prayer service on Dun Laoghaire pier on Sunday as part of ongoing preparation for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress taking place in Dublin next year.

Launching today’s appeal Ger Brennan said, “Catholic Youth Care has been working with marginalised and disadvantaged young people within the Archdiocese of Dublin for over sixty years, a lot of which goes largely unnoticed. A service such as this in Finglas underpins the mission of CYC and provides an invaluable resource to both the local community in Finglas and also the wider community in Dublin. It is only through the generosity of the public that Catholic Youth Care can continue to provide disadvantaged young people with hope and a voice in our society.”

The Finglas Youth Service, a regional office of Catholic Youth Care was set up in 1991 and promotes youth needs at community level by supporting the work of committed volunteers who run youth clubs, summer projects and specific activity groups. The service also offers information and guidance for adult leaders and those who work with young people, as well as managing Garda Diversion projects and a local education and prevention programme (LEAPP).



  • The Mission of Catholic Youth Care is to promote a youth work response that is caring, compassionate and Christian and enables young people to participate in society and church. It does this through a wide variety of initiatives, which include the Office of Evangelisation, promoting social inclusion among young people, training, events and activities for youth clubs/groups and adult leaders and co-ordination and support for summer programmes, which provide educational and recreational programmes for children and young people during the summer months.
  • The 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 will take place in Dublin from June 10th to 17th 2012 on the theme “The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another”.
  • The Congress is an international gathering of people, every four years somewhere in the world, which aims to promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church; help improve our understanding and celebration of the liturgy and draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist. These aims are achieved through a programme of pastoral preparation in the years leading up to the Congress and a programme of liturgical and cultural events, lectures and workshops during Congress week.
  • Congress information and details of how to register to attend the Congress are available on

For further information

Carol Faulkner, Communications Office, Archdiocese of Dublin 01 8360723/0876172947