Ascend Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Events for Young Adults in the Diocese


Join us for our next Encounter night in St John’s Church, Parnell Street, Waterford on Saturday 15th June 2024 where we will be joined by the Catholic Christian Outreach Mission team as part of the the Light of Hope Diocesan Mission 2024

What can you expect?  A great talk, music and a time of prayer with other young adults, followed by pizza and chat afterwards!  Free admission!  For more info contact [email protected] or ring / text (085) 8623704 or to receive information about this and future events sign up here

Cherished Evening:

Catholic Women’s Ministry (Ages 18+).  For more info contact Shauna @ 087 137 8364

Monday evening gatherings will be on hold for the summer months.

Other Events / Activities to Check Out!

Check out Youth 2000 Ireland (for ages 16 – 35):

Volunteer at Knock Shrine (VAKS) Programme

Ascend Resource Packs (To the Heights)

To the Heights is our Weekly Diocesan Youth Newsletter, with Gospel-themed resources, music, apps, testimonies, challenges and more…  Why not start a “To the Heights” Club, using the resource pack each week!

Ascend Weekly Resource:

Check out our newest weekly resource. Use it in RE classes, with youth groups or in your own home!  Check out the suggested activities, questions to reflect on, video and music content, Scripture links and prayer ideas too!  Just follow the hyperlinks to access the videos and music!

Check out our other Ascend YM resources in the drop-down menu below!

Ascend Resources (by category):

Download our resource packs:
All our resources are available to download as pdfs in the sections below to use with your youth group / RE class.  Follow the hyperlinked text to access the videos and music associated with the resource packs!
All Resources
Are you ready?


Sr Clare Crockett Resource Pack

Sr Clare Crockett: All or Nothing Resource Pack

Resource Pack Answers

All or Nothing: Sr Clare Crockett Movie

All or Nothing: Sr Clare Movie









Are you tired of being bored? Frustrated? Feeling restless? 

Join with Holy Family Mission in association with Ascend Youth Ministry for REVIVE  for a live stream event for young people on   With music, prayer and time for sharing how God has worked in our lives! 

Check back here for upcoming dates.

At a time when the outside world has stopped, come to revive your life!  Click here to learn more!

Check out the Bible in a Year with Fr Mike Schmitz!
The Bible in a Year Podcast from Ascension Press guides Catholics through the Bible in 365 daily episodes, providing commentary, reflection, and prayer along the way. This podcast has been number one in the US since the beginning of the New Year! 1) Read the ENTIRE Bible; 2) Feel more confident about your understanding of Scripture; 3) Experience the transformative power of God’s Word in your daily life; 4) Start seeing the world through the lens of Scripture. Note that some readings contain adult themes and may not be suitable for children.

Available on:  Spotify / YouTube / Apple Podcasts / Website


Check out the Catechism in a Year with Fr Mike Schmitz!
In response to countless requests, Ascension is launching The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) on January 1, 2023!

With this podcast, Catholics will:

  • Read the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church in 365 days
  • Understand the essentials of the Catholic Faith and why they matter
  • See how Church teaching is rooted in Sacred Scripture
  • Absorb over 2,000 years of Sacred Tradition
  • Encounter God’s plan of sheer goodness
  • Transform their relationship with the Church that Christ founded.

If you have ever wanted to understand what it means to be Catholic and allow those truths to shape your life—this podcast is for you!

Available on:  Spotify / YouTube / Apple Podcasts / Website


Youth & Young Adult Ministry Officer:

​Nodlaig Lillis is a native of the Cloyne Diocese and began working as Diocesan Youth & Young Adult Ministry Officer in the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore in September 2020. She is a qualified English and Religious Education teacher. Nodlaig also has a Diploma in New Evangelisation and Youth Ministry, as well as a Certificate in Studies in Catechism of the Catholic Church from Maryvale Institute. Her experience in parish ministry includes serving as Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and of the Word, delivery of Sacramental Preparation Programmes for Children and their parents, Music Ministry, Youth 2000 Prayer Group leader, and Parish Web design and Social media. A former Munster Regional Leader with Youth 2000, Nodlaig was very also involved in the areas of Music Coordination and PR. She worked for four years on “Teen SpiriT: A Celebration of Teen Talent and Christian Faith” in the Kerry Diocese, and for the past ten years has worked extensively with Summer Faith Camps in Ardmore, Dungarvan and Tramore, as well as in the Cloyne, Limerick and Kerry Dioceses, including the online Campa Mhuire Mháthair in July and December 2020.

The Youth Ministry Office is located in St John’s Pastoral Centre, John’s Hill, Waterford City

Tel: 085 8623704
Email: [email protected]  / [email protected]

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Check out these links:

Holy Family Mission
Ignite Ireland
Verso l'alto podcasts
Tweeting with God
Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Online with Saints
Radio Maria Ireland
Stations of the Cross (Holy Family Mission)
The Chosen Series
Home of the Mother Youth Website
Alpha Ireland
All or Nothing Documentary
Youth 2000 Ireland
Paving the Way Home
Mary's Meals
Sr Clare Crockett Resource Pack
Called to More
Pope John Paul II Awards
Word on Fire