CDYS Youth Ministry

Mallow Parish Youth ministry project is funded by the parish of Mallow, with a particular emphasis on faith development. Faith formation is a constant and concerted pastoral activity of the whole Christian community. The parish youth ministry project supports the development of young people’s faith and how young people express their spirituality.

The Pope John Paul II Awards

The 6th Pope John Paul II Award Ceremony was held in Mallow Community Youth Centre on Thursday 4th October 2018. 53 young people from across the diocese and neighbouring diocese received the award.  It was a great achievement for the young people, their families, their schools and local parishes, St Mary’s Secondary School Mallow, The Patrician Academy Mallow, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal Blarney, St Aloysius College Carrigtwohill, Presentation Secondary School Mitchelstown, Killavullen Parish, Kinsale Community School and Sacred Heart School Clonakilty.

Guest speaker on the night was Fr Luke from the Servants of the Home of the Mother who along with his community of another priest and two brothers have recently moved to Mallow. They will be ministering/working with the young people across the Diocese, in school and supporting their families in sharing faith and life. Fr Luke surprised us with his contemporary piece of beat boxing on his harmonica and got the crowd going.

Youth Choir

The Mallow Parish Youth Ministry Youth Choir had a busy year. We were delighted to have new members join us. Throughout the year, the choir/band enhances the Masses both in the Church of the Resurrection & St Mary’s Church. The talented musicians and singers are under the leadership of Ralph De Kramer who gives so freely of his time.  We were very fortunate to be asked to sing in December in Mallow Hospital in their chapel for the patients who were able to hear and see us via TV’s in the wards. We are always looking for people to help us, singers and musicians.

St. Aloysius – Summer Faith Camp

Summer 2018 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 Marie Gretti who gave freely of her 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), Canon O’Brien & 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. 48 children participated in the camp and we were delighted to have 33 leaders and junior leaders from Mallow Parish Youth Ministry-CDYS, Jesus Youth Movement & Pope John Paul II Award participants. We were fortunate to have Sr Cleopha, Sr Premila and Sr Angelita from the Missionaries of Charity, Blarney who delivered the Good Shepherd Catechesis.  Every morning Sr Premila honoured us with her own songs and the music ministry team would put action to the songs and teach the young people. 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!!!

For More information or to get involved in any of the above Projects contact Bernadette on 086 8031126