About: Training Programme

Training Programme

Start a group
Visiting the elderly in a nursing home

How to start a group

  • Use the YMA information pack.
  • Read the life of Catherine McAuley – Daring to be Different.
  • Number for the group can vary from 6 – 26. Age range is up to the leaders.
  • Build up a prayer file.
  • Resources, e.g. artifacts, activites etc.

Group Meeting

  • Agenda
  • Minutes
  • Prayer topic
  • Activities
  • Group work

Making a programme for the year

  • September

    Our Lady’s Birthday ( 8th September)
    Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy (24th)
    Venerable Catherine’s birthday (29th)

Icons completed by YMA

  • October

    Rosary – Making a rosary
    Blessed roses to the sick
    Harvest festival
    All Hallows – Celebrate the saints who have gone before us

  • November

    All saints
    Pray for the |Holy souls
    Thanksgiving – Feast of Christ The King
    Compile and Advent Calendar

  • December
    Advent Calendar
    Advent wreath
    Service of Light
    Jesse Tree
    Foundation Day – 12th December
    Carol Singing

  • January – August
    Follow the Liturgical Year – Lent, Easter, Pentecost
    25th March Feast of the Annunciation and Foundation Day of YMA
    May – The month of Our Lady

Input for Liturgical year

  • Make a liturgical calendar to include the main feasts of the year. Example – December:
    • Service of Light
    • Mary’s Candle
    • Advent Wreath

Input from various speakers

  • Spiritual development – retreat days, talks, sharing scripture
  • Social concerns – CAFOD, Missions, Save the Children fund
  • Physical activities – rounders, bag packing, games

Preparation for gatherings

  • Mass/booklets
  • Prayer activities
  • Themes for celebrations: Light, Water, Joy
  • Resources

Image: Cermony
Enrolment of group in Broughton Hall, Liverpool

Using own locality

  • Cathedrals and Churches
  • Patron Saints
  • Local Saints
    - Bede’s World
    - "Holy Hand" in the church of St Oswald, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan
    - The English Martyrs
  • Holy Places
    - Holy Island
    - The Tower of London (St Thomas Moore)


  • Keep diary of events
  • Make a journal of events



Use of Media

  • Awareness of advertising
  • Information packs/videos
  • Communication
  • Public speaking/reading
  • Email/fax
  • Website

Using skills of the group

  • Leaders' skills
  • Children's talents
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