Mallow Parish Youth Ministry – CDYS News
Last week saw the CDYS Youth Ministry St. Aloysius – Summer Faith Camp, for Boys and Girls (5-14 yrs) exceed expected numbers. It was an action-packed week, a summer camp with a twist! Each day the young people started off with Morning Prayer followed by a variety of activities such as drama, sports, music, arts & crafts and Good Shepherd Catechesis. We were very fortunate to have Sr Ita & Sr Marcella who gave freely of their time to give the young people the opportunity to have Adoration every day where they had quiet time to sit and talk to Jesus. The day finished with Mass where the young people participated in the singing, the readings and altar severing. We were delighted to have our local priest come and say Mass for us, Fr Sean Corkery, Mallow, Fr Greene (Carrigtwohill), Fr Tom Naughton & Fr Carvill (Mallow). They were all delighted to see the fantastic activities that the young people were getting involved in. The camp was an opportunity for the young people to develop and grow in confidence and character, and to know and experience the love of God through the activities.
Over 50 young people participated in the camp and we were delighted to have over 40 leaders and junior leaders from Mallow Parish Youth Ministry-CDYS, Jesus Youth Movement & Pope John Paul II Award participants help out over the week. This year we were blessed to have Sr Vianita & Sr Premila from the Missionaries of Charity, Blarney who delivered the Good Shepherd Catechesis to the younger groups. Sr Premila honoured us with her own composition of a song especially for the camp and the music ministry team would put actions to the songs and taught the young people. It was a privilege for the St Aloysius Faith Camp that the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother from Mitchelstown were able to help us this year. We had Sr Mary & Sr Megan who worked with the older group for the week. Also this year we had Drum Dance Ireland which enhanced the music ministry. Both the young people and the volunteers thoroughly enjoyed beating the drums to the rhythm of the director. Fr Andrew and Fr Tom gave it their best shot on the day. Each day the leaders and junior leaders were very well looked after with the generous donation of sandwiches from SuperValu, Centra-Main Street, Food Capers, Choices Cafe, Lucey’s and Gretta’s. Margaret Hennigan was very busy baking every morning to supply the team with delicious cakes in which there were a rush to get to them. St Aloysius Faith Camp would like to thank all those who helped make this camp a major success for its fifth year running. Planning is already under way for next year!!! If you would like to get involved in this camp for next year please contact Bernadette, Mallow Parish Youth Ministry on 086 8031126