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Issue No. 1, January 2002

“Reach for the sky, together we can grow” (YMA Motto)

2001 has been a busy year for the Youth Mercy Associates, North Shields.

The early part of the year found us making visits to the elderly in the local Cedars Residential Home, in North Shields.

Several visits were made to the Little Sisters in Newcastle, mainly to see Fr. Dowling, but also getting involved with the Sisters and other residents.

Little Sisters in Newcastle

A wonderful night was enjoyed at the Leisure Pool, Whitley Bay, with a ’chip shop’ supper afterwards.

In April we were all invited to the Sisters Cluster Group meeting at Warrington, where we all enjoyed our stay at the Holiday Inn. YMA opened the day on Saturday 28th April with a one-hour presentation of prayer and reflection. The hour ended with a mime to “I Arise”, St Patrick’s Breastplate set to music. The Sisters enjoyed the presentation; it gave them a good insight into YMA.

The Saturday ended on a more light-hearted note. YMA dressed up and performed a medley from The Sound of Music.

Throughout the early part of the year, Sr. Michael, Sr. Mary, Monica and Tommy spent several weekends away compiling the YMA packs, which had to be ready for the conference in September.

After the summer holidays we were all invited to York for Sr. Sue’s final profession.

After much preparation on everyone’s behalf, the 29th September was our first ever Youth Mercy Conference, held at St Joseph’s Church and school, North Shields. The day commenced with a one-hour presentation of prayer and reflection in church. We then moved over to the school for the workshops on:

  1. Catherine McAuley
  2. The Works of Mercy
  3. Media

After lunch our guest speaker, Mr Michael Dowling, gave a wonderful talk on his exploits as he travelled to Lourdes by bike.

Sr. Michael then gave a talk on how to set up a YMA group. The day ended with a wonderful mass celebrated by Fr. Gary Dickson. Fr. Gary drew our raffle; we raised £222 for our funds.

In October we had a four-day retreat / holiday at the Hermitage in Lowick, Northumberland. We all prayed together. On the Sunday we went over to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

October was the month of Sr. Michael. Monica and Tommy gave their presentation to the leadership team in Yeadon. They took everything from our conference, the workshops, all the vestments with our logo, the mass kit, our workbooks, the packs and the statue of Our Lady we use at our meetings.

Little Sisters in Newcastle

The only thing missing were the young people. A one-hour presentation commenced. Sr. Noreen and the leadership team were delighted with the hard work the YMA have put into the year.

November – YMA helped with the food and drink after the enrolment of the 16 Mercy Associates in North Shields. Everyone was delighted that the young and the ‘old’ could come together to share this special event..

November brought the Pie and Pea Supper, held in school. We also had a raffle, a Christmas stall and tombola. We raised £260 for our funds.

Also in November, YMA had a stall at St. Joseph’s Christmas Fare. We managed to raise approximately £50 for Fr. Greg towards the parish funds.

In December we went to Carlton Court, sheltered accommodation for the elderly, for a carol concert. The residents loved our singing.

16th December was our “Big Day” at the Little Sisters of the Poor in St. Joseph’s Home, Newcastle. The YMA were invited this year to do the tableau and Carol Service. Our powerful “Mission Music” and readings enthralled Rev. Mother Joseph, the Sisters and residents, and they all joined in the carols. Later, we all donned our Sound of Music clothes and gave a medley of songs in the dining rooms.

The year ended for us on the last Tuesday in December, with our Christmas party in school. We could all bring a friend and we had great fun.

2002 is going to be a great year: we take possession of the minibus in February that will greatly assist our mission work of “Going Out to the People”. We will all be able to travel together. Many trips are planned to spread the good news of YMA.

The younger YMA are doing very well and hopefully we will all be “Joining Up” in the near future.

This year, 2002, we have already raised £103.99 towards the Blue Peter Appeal for minibuses for the elderly.

Watch out for our next edition of Superstars.

We pray Our Lady of Mercy watches over and guides us all at the YMA, Sr. Michael, Monica and Tommy and all the youth to uphold our mission statement:

“The aim of the YMA is to follow in the footsteps of Christ, so that we become active, caring members of the Mercy family under the protection of Our Lady of Mercy”.

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