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Children's Liturgy


At the beginning of the 10.00 a.m. Mass on Sundays, the younger children are invited to go with some of the churches catechists to a area in the Friary.

It is here that they listen to the readings from the Mass, in a setting where it is possible to use a dialogue format which can be more easily explained and understood.

Some simple practical tasks are often set and the children return to the church during the Offertory of the Mass. They are then encouraged to bring forward the offertory gifts, (wine, water, mass collection).

Once they reach the foot of the sanctuary, the mass celebrant comes down to take the gifts from them and asks them what they have learned from their liturgy sessions.

They will usually have some writings or drawings to show which they have done during their time in the study room.

On the first Sunday of each month we celebrate the Family Mass (although technically, each 10.00 a.m. Mass is the family Mass).

The children remain in church, where they come onto the sanctuary and proclaim the readings of the mass.

During his homily, the priest addresses himself to the congregation, but in a way that is primarily directed towards the children.


All parents with young children are highly encouraged to attend the 10.00 a.m. Mass each sunday with their children so that the children can take part in this informative, child friendly way to teach them about the Catholic Faith.
(Although this does not replace the importance of the parents role in being the first catholic teachers of their children).



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Important Notice:

The Children's Liturgy is recommended for children from 5 years of
age through to 10-11 years of age. No pre-registration is neccessary.

All children are welcome and encouraged to attend, but parents who
wish for their child(ren) under the age of 5 years old to attend, will
be expected to accompany their child(ren) to the classes.

Also, if any child(ren) is found to be distruptive during the classes,
they will be returned to their parents by one of the catechists, so as
not to cause diruption for the other children who are there to learn.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.


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