Those who attended the Meet a Mission Night were inspired - one of the coordinators is now thinking about being a missionary. Our next meeting will be in the Fisher More hall, to talk about charitable projects and learn a bit more about Mary's Meals, one of our favourite charities. We're also going to be thinking about fundraising.
HAPPY SECOND BIRTHDAY TO US!
Can you believe it? It’s been two years already and with nearly fifty young people regularly attending and still going strong we are going to celebrate by going bowling and having a birthday cake!
I’ve been into the junior schools recently to talk to Years 5 and 6 in Much Woolton and Bishop Eton. I explained what ‘justice and peace’ is and some of the activities that we do and invited them to join the gang!
If you know any young people who would like to come along (aged between 9 and 18) then contact me!
The next few dates are as follows…
2nd March – Fisher More Hall – Fr Charles will be talking to us about Our Lady and prayer. We will be thinking about our own mums in time for Mother’s Day.
16th March – St Mary’s Hall – we will be holding a Lenten/Easter reflection.
April – no meetings
4th May – Fisher More Hall – the Monastery Garden
18th May – St Mary’s Hall – Yoga
Then the dates after that will be 1st June at Fisher More, 15th June at St Mary’s Hall
and the final one 6th July.
At our December table sale we raised £235 for Nugent and £235 for Project Zimbabwe: Nugent sent a thankyou wxplaining that the money raised would be used to support their Crisis Fund which helps families across the Archdiocese in desperate times of need
A second thank you was received from St Paul’s Eye Hospital for whom we raised £400 on the fab Sponsored Onesie Walk – Pyjamas in the Park. It was dark, and we all wore our pyjamas as we walked around Calderstones – then back to the church hall for hot choc and cookies!
If you would like to join us, or you have any ideas for any activities that we could get involved in, please contact me
We continue to be grateful for all the help and support that we receive from our friends and parishioners.
Here’s to the future!
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
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
Today's prayer intention is for our Redemptorist parishes throughout the world!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Justice and Peace Youth Group – The journey begins!
What a time of grace and blessings it has been!
At first, I wasn’t altogether sure what would come out of the plans that Frances Sibert, Sharon Pearson and myself had made when we dared to dream over endless coffee and pieces of paper about a youth group for the parishes of Our Lady’s, Bishop Eton and St Mary’s.
But already, we have six young leaders, twenty-five adults and twenty young people! And that is only in the first month of meeting together!
Our first meeting in Fisher More Hall was a getting-to-know-you session and registration which included ping pong and snooker, ice-breaker games (enjoyed a little bit too much by the adults as you can see in the photo!) and pizza, with a powerpoint presentation about what ‘Justice and Peace’ means.
At our second meeting, in St Mary’s hall, we were really lucky to have Bill Chambers talking about the amazing work at Asylum Link. The young people brought lots of goods to sell at the table sale to raise money for Zimbabwe and also wrote invitations for the parish to help them to make welcome packs for refugee children.
Hopefully things will go from strength to strength and with the prayers and support of everyone in the parishes, we can empower our young people to live Gospel values, build relationships and feel as though they can make a difference in the world.
Thanks you so much to everyone who has contacted us, donated, given us a word of support and shown interest. Please continue to support our young people in any way that you can, especially in your prayers.
Thanks to Kris Reed, Gill Bickerstaff and Ann O’Neill for their constant support.
A huge thank you to John Sharples who sponsored one of our young leaders to attend a four day conference HOBY International Youth Leadership Development Conference and to Bill Chambers for his time to help us understand the work of Asylum Link.
A big hello to Fran over in Zimbabwe, you are with us in spirit!
A slideshow of photos from the meetings so far
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The J&P Youth Group would like to thank all who supported the Project Zimbabwe Table Sale which so far has raised £530. The J&P stall raised over £160 and will be selling the surplus at the Coffee Mornings on the 6th March. Also…. thank you for the wonderful donations for the refugee children.
J&P Youth Group will be at the back of church to collect any nearly new items/unwanted presents, etc for the Zimbabwe table sale as requested last week
They will also be handing out leaflets about their next project— Welcome packs for child refugees, and would appreciate any donations (see leaflets they give out) which will be collected NEXT Sunday.
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