YMA Highlights

Youth Mercy Associate carries the Mercy Cross in Westminster Cathedral in London, at the Celebration of 175 years since the founding of the Sisters of Mercy

Youth Mercy Associate, Hamilton Morrin, carries the Mercy Cross in Westminster Cathedral in London, at the Celebration of 175 years since the founding of the Sisters of Mercy

YMA Highlights October 2006 – April 2007

Report from Youth Mercy Associates, North Shields:

  • We now have 22 YMA meet every Tuesday during term time.
  • The children pray fervently.
  • The children are committed to Make Poverty History; most wear their white bands.
  • They are very committed to helping the People's Kitchen in the city centre, which feeds the homeless and the needy each week. They bring cans of food, biscuits etc., which Monica and Tommy then take to the People's Kitchen.
  • All fund raising money is shared between Little Sisters/Missions/own funds.


  • We had one of our meetings on the beach, said the Rosary.
  • Took roses to the elderly in St Joseph’s Home on Rosary Sunday.
  • Vist to Alnwick garden and Treehouse in the grounds of Alnwick castle.
  • Made our own cards for the 175th celebrations.
  • Visited the elderly at the Little Sisters Home.


  • Bag packing at Morrisons raised £948.50 in five hours – shared with Missions and Little Sisters.
  • Opened up YMA Book of Remembrance for month of Holy Souls.
  • Eight Senior YMA spent weekend in London with Tommy and Monica for the 175th celebrations at Westminster. Victoria was Catherine as a young woman; Lucie, Lydia and Jennifer helped carry the gifts at the offertory; Tommy very proudly carried the national YMA banner; afterwards we shopped and did the sights.
  • Made YMA Christmas cards.
  • Sent letters to YMAs in the Philppines for penpals.


  • Dec 8th YMA enrolments and recommitments at St Joseph's; Victoria awarded Catherine McAuley Prize for longest serving YMA.
  • YMA Carol singing around the wards of the Royal Victoria Infirmary in the city centre. We were joined by the chaplain and six adults.
  • Bag packing at Morrisons raised £717.50, again shared with Missions/Little Sisters.


  • We have now had to open a waiting list to join YMA.
  • Started working for Mandala badges which the children enjoy.
  • All who bag packed in November went to the panto.
  • All who bag packed went out for a meal.


  • All YMA contributed to the Lenten calendar - they all had one to take home and follow during lent; also sent to all YMA groups.
  • Seven junior YMA went to Lowick with Monica and Tommy for their preparation weekend. Visited Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
  • Visit to elderly at Little Sisters' Home.


  • Made YMA Easter cards (prize for best).
  • Made their own Mothering Sunday cards.
  • All brought their family fast day money (all gave up something that day).
  • Fair Trade goods / Food after Mass both Sundays.


  • Visit to elderly at Little Sisters Home.
  • Prayed the Stations of the Cross in Little Sisters' chapel; each child had a station which they read; all walked around the chapel.
  • Afterwards Tommy organised an Easter egg hunt in the grounds.

Forthcoming Events:

  • Further preparation weekend .
  • Visit to elderly Sisters in Whitby.
  • Durham Cathedral.

YMA Highlights March 2006- August 2006

  • YMA helped Sister Sue Morrison with her Peru crafts at the Fair Trade Market in the city centre.
  • Visit to Ainwick Convent for their meeting. Sister Raphael gave YMA a one hour inspirational talk on Catherine
  • McAuley.
  • Made their own Easter and Mother’s Day cards.
  • YMA used the Little Sisters' chapel for their own stations of the cross.
  • Visit to the elderly at Little Sisters Home.
  • During the holiday, a visit to Seahouses and Ainwick.
  • First Tuesday after the holidays; swimming at Whitley Bay, their meeting on the minibus.
  • YMA crowned a statue of Our Lady at the ancient shrine of Our Lady of Jesmond, Newcastle.
  • Visit to the Elderly at The Little Sisters Home.
  • YMA Mass at their Parish Church, St Joseph’s. Father Stott encouraged the children; they did the readings, intercessions, collection, offertory procession and recited their children’s sucipe. Tommy gave a talk to let the Parishioners hear what YMA do. There is to be a YMA Mass every term.
  • Half term trip to Coolock, Newcastle under Lyme.
  • We had a Tuesday meeting at the Sage Centre on Newcastle Quayside; we managed to find a quiet spot for prayers.
  • During June, YMA collected clothing and food for the Cyrenians in the city centre. Important the children help the homeless in their home city. Tommy took the goods into the secure unit; the children watched from the mini-bus.
  • Tommy, Monica and Victoria, our eldest YMA, held a recruitment drive at school. From this we have 11 new “Little Ones”, all girls aged 10.
  • First Sat we spent bag packing at Morrisons in Morpeth. We raised over £600, shared with the Little Sisters and the street children in Nairobi.
  • We had three meetings which included our new junior YMA. They all seem very keen, please God they remain with us. This brings our total in the group to 22.
  • Children received a thank you letter from the Queen for their good wishes.
  • YMA are still committed to the Make Poverty History campaign.
  • During the holidays we had trips out:
    • Junior YMA to South Shields beach and Angel of the North.
    • Junior YMA to Metro Centre.
    • Senior YMA to Whitby; also visited elderly Sisters there.
    • Senior YMA to Kielder Water.

Future Events

  • YMA recommence 12/9/06.
  • Make cards for Mercy Day.
  • Making plans for visit to Westminster Cathedral in November.
  • October month of the Rosary; visit elderly on Rosary Sunday.
  • YMA to help at Fair Trade Market in November
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