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Youth for Unity

"Young People for a United World" presents

International Music Night

Raise funds to help the victims of the recent typhoons in the Philippines by joining us.

An evening of music from Ireland, the Philipines and Africa to help those who have been struck by this natural disaster and who continue to suffer even after the story has disappeared from the headlines.

When: Wednesday 18 November 2009 (9:00p.m.)

Where: UCD Student Bar, Belfield 


Bill Coleman

Philippino Band


Maureen Gatharia

Rebecca Cramer and Phil Curley

+watch the Ireland v France match too!

€5 entry, tickets at the door


CN3 In-service Day

On Friday 13 Nov 09 (hope you're not superstitious!), about thirty members of the Chaplains Network at Third Level (CN3) and guests (UCD Student Advisers and Counsellors) gathered at St. Stephen's chaplaincy for a day of reflection on (i) the psychosocial benefits of religious practice and young adults and (ii) a vision for chaplaincy in contemporary society. Dr. Patricia Casey, Professor of Psychiatry at UCD and Consultant at the Mater hospital spoke to the first topic, based on her recently published research on religious practice. 'Religion is good for you' about sums up the message emanating from a very broad-ranging and rigorous body of research. This has got to be good news for chaplains!

In the afternoon, Dr. Diarmuid Martin, D.D. Archbishop of Dublin, shared with us his vision for chaplains in the modern world.

Both speakers provided much food for thought and offered a timely and much-needed fillip of encouragement and inspiration to chaplains studentwho struggle to preserve and present transcendent values in an increasingly secular environment. Satisfaction with the day, which included a buffet lunch and lots of time to chat and catch up, was high, according to the feedback we received from the participants.


Caritas in Veritate

On Tuesday 10 Nov, Kevin Conlon (opp), Auditor of SVP at UCD, presented a summary of Pope Benedict XVI's most recent Encyclical on the Social Teaching of the Church, Caritas in Veritate. Kevin managed to make this deep and sometimes complex document accessible by linking it very effectively to the concrete service the Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers to the poorest of the poor in our society. Well done Kevin!

The chaplaincy hosted this event which was organised by the Newman Society. The evening was rendered palatable by a lovely lasagne prepared by our cook, Frances, which the 20 or so guests who attended, relished!


All Souls Day

On Monday 2 November, the Students' Union, in collaboration with the Chaplains and Student Advisers, organised a Memorial Service in memory of deceased relatives and friends of UCD students and staff. Pebble stones, painted in bright colours and including the name representing the person we wished to remember, were brought to the Memorial Mass in Belfield Church at 1.05pm. The Choral Scholars with organist Niall Kinsella, provided exquisite music not only at the Mass but also, afterwards, at Cluain Óg, the UCD Remembrance Garden, where we had a short ritual of placing the stones around a candle that was lit as the Choral Scholars sang 'Abide With Me' and the words of Jesus were said: 'I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life'. The candle will remain lighted throughout the month of November.

Tea + coffee + home-made scones were available afterwards in St. Stephen's Chaplaincy where we gathered to chat and enjoy one another's company.

Congratulations to Scott Ahearn, SU Welfare Officer, for setting this initiative in motion and carrying it to a successful conclusion. Thanks too to the Student Advisers and Chaplains for their collaboration in this touching and very consoling initiative. end Chaplaincy general start Chaplaincy general


Word of Life

Learning to put the Gospel into practice in everyday life.

Organised by Fr Brendan Purcell and Fr John McNerney (Chaplaincy), it is based on the spirituality of the Focolare movement (http://www.focolare.ie/). The group takes a line from the gospel each month and tries to live it; at its root the quote will always be about loving one's neighbour. The group then shares experiences of trying to live the gospel and love one's neighbour.

When: Every Friday, 1.00pm 

Where: G005, Arts (Newman) Building.

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Food4Soul, Food4Body

Oct. 21st at 5.30pm (ecumenical prayer) and 6pm (food and fellowship) studentat St. Stephen's chaplaincy (opposite no. 10 bus terminus). All welcome.

Small group this time because of mid-term exams. But still, a lovely prayer session and delicious food afterwards. The troops were happy!


The Life and Works of John Henry Newman - Dr. Teresa Iglesias.

St. Stepehen's chaplaincy (opp. no. 10 bus terminus). Tuesday 20 Oct., 7pm. Wonderful evening. Excellent exposé of Newman. And Leon won the new publication of Newman's The Idea of a University, edited by Teresa Iglesias!