ALMA – Lourdes Youth Pilgrimage, 19th – 30th July 2018

Association of Lourdes Motherwell Aid (ALMA) is a group of young volunteers who accompany the diocesan pilgrimage giving essential support to the sick, elderly and infirm.

Places are limited, so register interest early by speaking to Father Martin.  Young people must be 17 years old (and have finished secondary school) at the time of travel.

There will be a meeting at 7 pm at the Diocesan centre in Motherwell on 19th September.

Our Lady’s Annual Awards Ceremony, 19th September 2008

Our Lady’s annual Awards Ceremony took place on 19th September 2008, at which we honoured over 300 young people for their achievements over the past year, and the SQA exams.

The full list of recipients is available on the school website.

Pupils also presented cheques to four worthy causes from our Lenten Charities events:

  • £600 to the Motherwell Homeless Unit;
  • £950 for SCIAF;
  • £600 to ALMA;
  • £400 to St Andrew’s Hospice.

The SCIAF cheque will be distributed to our partners at the Kamwokya Christian Caring Community in Uganda, to help establish a broadband link, to help with travel costs for peer educators coming from Kamwokya, and a donation towards our commitment to build an eating area for Kamwokya pupils.

Our two current visitors from Kamwokya, Robert Mulerwa and Teddy Katusime, came directly from Glasgow Airport to see the Awards and will join us again after the October break for a week in Our Lady’s.

The school choir sang a haunting version of “Hushabye Mountain” which raised the hairs on the back of everyone’s neck (absolutely gorgeous), while the saxophone quartet from the school band played “5’2″, Eyes of Blue” and “Has anybody seen my girl?

Presenting the awards was our special guest, Paul Cooney, who delighted the audience of pupils, parents and staff with stories of his own school awards (for services to the tuck shop) and his achievements since, adding,

“If you’re looking for success, it’s not a destination, it’s a journey”,

and encouraged everyone to be ready to take opportunities as they arise.

Invited guests included Bishop Devine, Fr Stephen Miller (School Chaplain), Suzanne Graham (Parent Council), Maureen Dunn (PTA), Provost Tom Curley, Paul Cooney, Robert Dazell (Quality Improvement Officer, North Lanarkshire Council), Councillor Michael Ross and the headteachers of our four associated primary schools.

From Nevis to Lourdes

ALMA group at Ben Nevis

ALMA group at Ben Nevis

Our Lady’s pupils were among a group of 36 young people who hiked up Ben Nevis at the weekend to raise funds for ALMA, The Association of Lourdes Motherwell Aid programme.

19 pupils from Our Lady’s have volunteered to travel to Lourdes in July to provide assistance and friendship to pilgrims. The full cost of £560 per person is partially met by the volunteers who are fundraising to help with the costs.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

By Jennifer Russell

Linzi Robertson, Laura McGhee, Gemma Valente, John McGregor, Kenneth McDermid, Stephanie Connor and Paul McDonald and myself are the eight members of the Our Lady’S High School Duke of Edinburgh Group.

At the moment we are in the process of completing the service section of our Bronze Award. For this section we were fundraising for the local charity ALMA. ALMA is an organisation which provides people who are sick, handicapped and able-bodied, particularly youth to work together to offer Christian, social and material support to each other.

The eight of us met every Thursday after school and together we thought showered and come up with three ideas of raising money in order to help ALMA. We decided on a cake ‘n’ Candy, staff coffee morning and finally our big event a family ceilidh.

We were enthusiastic about the projects and got started right away. We held our cake ‘n’ candy in the school for all staff and pupil’s and it was a great success. Our home baking went down a treat and we managed to raise £80. Bussing from the success of the cake ‘n’ candy we set a date for our staff coffee morning it was to be Burns day. We organised for some school choir members to sing “A’fond kiss” on the day. We were given donations of cakes and biscuits and we even got our hands on some whisky in order to toast Rabbie Burns. Everyone had a great time and all the teachers congratulated us on our efforts, stating that we had brightened up their morning break!

With the success of the staff coffee morning and cake ‘n’ candy behind us we focused our attentions on the family ceilidh, this needed careful planning and thought. We set a date for the 16th March 2007 in a local church hall. All we needed now was to organise a band, raffle prizes, food and most importantly sell tickets. With the help of Tracy Anderson we hired a ceilidh band. We all pitched in and put our best telephone voices in order to get ourselves raffle prizes all donated by local companies. It was a busy few months and for a while it didn’t see as if the planning was ever going to end, soon everything began to fall into place and the event was looking to be a roaring success.

As the night approached all eight of us put on our dancing shoes and got ready for the night ahead. It was busy; we sold raffle tickets, played games with the children and obviously danced the night away. As the ceilidh drew to a close no one wanted it to end, it was a great night and a massive achievement for the group. We raised £1100.

Enthusiastically we raised a lot of money for a good cause but most importantly everyone had a great time doing it. We managed to exceed even our own expectations and to see the smiles on the ALMA members faces made all the hard work worthwhile!