Youth Ministry

Anita and Natasha thought that during Advent they could do an Advent calendar of prayer intentions. They are posting the intentions on their facebook page Natasha Anita RYM - they are always happy to welcome new friends.

Below are the prayer intentions to date

19th December

Today's Advent prayer intention is for those who have not experienced God's love. So often, we pray for the poor (and rightly so!) but often it is those who are comfortable, who are missing something so vital in their lives. We pray for those in our society who are not materially needy, but who are searching for something with more meaning in their lives

18th December

Today's prayer intention is for our Redemptorist parishes throughout the world!

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Redemptorist Youth Ministry I am happy to announce officially that from the beginning of this month, Natasha Pritchard and Anita Carson will take over the work, begun a few years ago by Paul Murphy. I hope their enthusiasm will inspire young people of all ages, not only in our parishes but across the country, to deepen their faith and their commitment to the mission of the Lord.

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RYM: Are you age 18-40 (or thereabouts)? Would you like to meet with likeminded Catholics to explore your faith?The Redemptorist Young Adult group encourages young Catholics to grow in their faith.  Sessions are informative, fun and diverse, and include a spiritual aspect and social aspect (drinks, meal, quiz, bowling, walks). We meet alternate Tuesdays at 7.30pm, in the Fisher-More Hall.  See poster in the porch for more details.

Upcoming sessions:

  • 12th Sept
  • 26th Sept
  • 10th Oct
  • 24th Oct
  • 7th Nov
  • 21st Nov

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Paul Murphy: After four and a half years as our Redemptorist youth officer, Paul has decided that it is time to move on and he finishes at the end of this month.

On behalf of all the young people to whom he has ministered, I want to say a huge ‘thank you’. He has some wonderful gifts, which have enabled many people across the country to deepen their spiritual lives and become more involved in the life of the Church.

There will be a farewell Mass for him on Tuesday, 21 March, in St Mary’s Woolton at 7.30pm. Please do come, even if you are unable to join him for the meal afterwards. It is vital that we keep this ministry alive and I will say a word on Tuesday week about my hopes for the future.

Meanwhile, we will be looking for someone to continue Paul’s work and will welcome enquiries. We can review the scope and nature of the work and negotiate with the successful candidate a job description and appropriate salary.

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RYM Young Adults - Redemptorist Homeless Mission.  A wonderful group of over 20 from all over Liverpool and beyond came to help us minister to people who we encountered on the streets. We met and distributed sandwiches, hot drinks, water, SVP homeless packs (hats, scarves, socks, toothbrushes and toothpaste) to over 90-100 people who are homeless in the city centre. The generosity of people's time, love and commitment to the mission, and the thanksgiving and friendliness of our brothers and sisters in need is overwhelming. They were all so thankful and their smiles were wonderful.

From Paul

Just want to say a special thank you once again to so many people for last night Redemptorist Homeless Mission in Liverpool!

1) Firstly to thank all those who came along (over 20 of us - most of whom are tagged here)!

Thanks for your presence, help, witness and all that you donated in terms of food, clothing and money!

Special thanks to those who also helped us from Salesian Youth Ministry in Macclesfield, from Hope Uni Cathsoc, from LivCathsoc and from St Margaret Marys Parish and from CAFOD Liverpool.

svppack2) Secondly - thanks to all couldn't come but who donated things - especially SVP for their 30 Vinnie Packs, Sr. Catherine Skelton and all at St Paul's Bookshop for their kind help with blessing cards to distribute, to the two ladies who provided us with free Scouse and doughnuts to hand out, and to those who gave discounts on the teas we ordered! And for all those who donated clothes, money or made sandwiches!

3) Thirdly - to all those who offered prayers for the mission, and all our missions! So far in the 3 Missions we have met well over 200 people who are homeless!

4) Fourthly and MOST IMPORTANTLY - I'd like to thank all who we met last night who were homeless, some of whom have just been made homeless and are finding things very scary.

Let us never forget them in our prayers and let us remember they are our brothers and sisters when we walk past them each day!

God bless you all

Paul

 The event was so successful that another is planned for January 10th. Please note there has been a noticeable increase in those sleeping rough since our mission last December.

J&P YOUTH GROUP - Autumn 2016


Since we started back after the summer break, it has been non-stop fun andwork for  the Justice and Peace Group. It was really exciting to see each other again, and welcome new members. We are now up to nearly fifty, not including our twenty adult helpers!

Firstly, we raised £400 for Zimbabwe by selling all the lovely items that were donated from both parishes. Thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to make our table sale a success.

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Next we had an interesting talk about Operation Christmas Child from Ian Taylor who showed us his photos from his trip to Syria where he had delivered some of the boxes himself. We launched an appeal and managed to make 49 Christmas boxes for girls and boys, from the very young to teenagers.

We joined in the fun with the International Social, our young people entertained the children and were amply rewarded with delicious international food and mouth watering cakes!

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Brother Charles came to talk to us about the importance of prayer and we made a prayer tree from which we hung our prayers on little luggage labels. We have placed this by the votive candles in church and invite you to add your prayers to
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Next, Colette Byrne from CAFOD came in to talk to us about the work they do and she led us through a meditative pilgrimage around St Mary’s Hall. It was our pilgrimage in the very last week of the Year of Mercy, to fulfil Pope Francis’s wish that during this special year Catholics should try to make a pilgrimage. We wrote Christmas cards to Christians in Palestine and messages of hope for refugees. Then we ate delicious sausages and Pudsey cakes! We took four beautiful crocheted blankets that our Nanas had knitted to the Whitechapel organisation . These will be taken directly to the Belvedere Trust home to be given to mums with children to bring them comfort and warmth over the winter months. What better way to give a hug to those in need?


Sunday 20th November was Youth Sunday and our young people did readings, wrote the bidding prayers and performed a beautiful version of ‘God So Loved the World’ in sign language. It was very moving and prayerful.

IMG 20161120 WA0001We are really looking forward to our Christmas party – ten-pin bowling at Hollywood Bowl, a great way to celebrate the work done this year and get in the Christmas mood!


We can’t thank you enough for all your support. It means our young people have the power to make a difference through loving our brothers and sisters who need it most. Please continue to enable these wonderful young people to live Gospel values, whether that be through donations or prayers.

WISHING YOU ALL MERRY CHRISTMAS!
The J&P Youth Group

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A Slideshow of the photos for this autumn is displayed below.

Justice and Peace Youth Group – Body, Mind, Soul

We’ve had an amazing time over the last two months!

At least thirty of us went to see ‘The Jungle Book’, including parents and siblings, at the Woolton cinema, and we enjoyed the outing so much that we have arranged a trip to see ‘Sister Act’ in the Empire – 83 of us are going!

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Mary Hind-Portley, Deputy Director of City of Readers came in to lead a discussion about why reading is good for well-being and we shared some of our favourite books, and talked about one of the greatest storytellers ever – Jesus!

All of us want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated books for our NHS/ OXFAM book donation. We took a huge box of books to the amazing Children’s NHS Walk-In centre on Smithdown Road – many of you will be familiar with sitting in that waiting room! We took HUNDREDS of books to OXFAM and they were gratefully received. They should raise a lot of money for this worthy cause.

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We are on the lookout for outsized books for MRANG to read to their children, if you know where to get any please get in touch. They sent an email to say thanks for the beautiful refugee children’s welcome packs:

 I just wanted to send an email to say a huge thank you for the bags yesterday, they went down really well, the children were so happy to receive them!! I will send you a proper thank you letter next week, but just wanted to let you know how appreciated they were today. I will send across the details of the Refugee Welcomes party as well. Kind regards, Ellen Kiely

The Women’s Group helped with our Knit and Nattter on one of their afternoons, and a few came to our meeting in the half term, when they were served tea and cakes! Our knitting continues to grow.

In June, we had a yoga lesson from Dennis Murphy and then enjoyed the sunshine and fresh air as we played volleyball, football and hoopla on the lawn at St Mary’s

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I am going in to the local junior schools in the coming weeks to talk about our group and invite years 5 and 6 to join in October. If you know someone who would be interested to join (ages 10 plus, or Youth Leaders 15-18, or adult helpers) then please get in touch – the Welcome Session is going to be Friday 7th October in Fisher More Hall. The more the merrier!

We can’t thank you enough for your continued prayers and support.

Wishing you many blessings over the summer,

The J&P Youth Group

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Youth Group: - Doing Little Things with Great Love

This month, the J&P Youth Group was somewhat diminished with the PGL school trip and BEAP – Beauty and the Beast, but we still had fun and took part in great activities. On April 1st we presented Dave Flynn with a cheque for fifty pounds for the Red Cross to say thank you for giving up his time to come and see us last month.

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We started our new tuck shop, and Father Tim took the opportunity to share his Ping Pong skills! We ended the evening with a reflection about refugees and a candle prayer.

Justice and Peace Youth Group – playing hard, working hard!

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This month, we were lucky to have Dave Flynn from the British Red Cross who came to talk to us about the work that they do and show our young people how to resuscitate an unconscious person. Dave even let some of us have a go at trying to bring ‘Annie’ back to life! Everyone got to look around the ambulance to see the equipment. Maybe some of our young ones may one day join the paramedics and doctors in looking after people when they really need it.

To say ‘thank you’ to Dave for giving us his time, we are planning to present him with a cheque for £50 raised by our group. We want to say a huge THANK YOU! To everyone who donated items to our table sale and also everyone who bought from us. We managed to raise £266 in all, which will be going to great use in Zimbabwe.

 

 

 

 

RYM Daily Lenten Moment

Day 47 : 'Easter Sunday'

He is Risen! Resurrexit Sicut Dixit! Alleluia Alleluia!

Today is the day the Lord has made - let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Well folks - we are finally here - it's Easter Sunday. Lent is officially over and our Lord has Risen. Easter changes everything for us!

But what a Lenten journey it has been!

It's been an absolute honour and privilege to journey with you all throughout Lent - and share with you some of my thoughts and reflections!

I've been so touched by the many comments and words of encouragement from so many of you - from all different parts of the world!

I've throughly appreciated your support and I hope the reflections have helped in some way to bring you closer to God as we prepared for this amazing feast of Easter!

So today - may we rejoice in our Risen Lord! May we proclaim his Resurrection from the rooftops - and may we be set ablaze with courage, spirit and zeal for spreading His Good News to all ends of the earth!

Jesus is alive! He is Risen!

We are the Easter people and Hallelujah is our song!

Paul Murphy - Coordinator of Redemptorist Youth Ministry (RYM).

Day 46 : 'Holy Saturday'

Today is a day of waiting!

Jesus has died for us on the Cross!

His body has been placed in the tomb!

He has descended into hell!

We now accompany the Virgin Mary in her loneliness.

We await the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus!

Perhaps little more needs to be said today for my reflection............

Just let's try today to live in a spirit of silence - of quiet reflection and expectation.

If we can - let us pray the Rosary to accompany Virgin Mary our Mother!

We don't have long to wait now.....

We don't have long to wait......

Paul Murphy - Coordinator of Redemptorist Youth Ministry (RYM).

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