Family Mass

The Family Mass Group works together to create an inclusive and welcoming experience at the 10.30 Mass each Sunday. The people who appreciate this experience most are those who value and cherish the efforts of children and teenagers (and their families). We celebrate a Mass that nourishes their faith and love of God in a way suited to them. It treasures family life in all its forms. 

There is a focus on praying through words, art, music and actions. All those who attend Mass are welcome to join in the singing, and children especially are invited to colour their pictures, 4kidsread child friendly books and come up to the altar for the Our Father.  Children’s movement and noise during the Mass is part of their prayer and we value that contribution; as the Lord said, ‘let the little children come unto me’.

If you, as a child, teen or adult, would like to say a prayer, do a reading, sing in the choir, serve at Mass, join the musicians or drama group, or join the group that plans these activities, we extend a welcoming hand to you.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact any of the Family Mass Group after the 10.30 Mass. We are just like you – interested in nourishing a life of faith for our families in a challenging environment and culture.

The Family Mass runs from September to June and families (both parents and children) are invited to participate fully in the celebration of the Eucharist.

We especially invite parents/adults with a musical talent – singing or playing an instrument – to become part of the organising group.dscf2309

One Parent's experience of attending the Family Mass:
"The family Mass has a relaxed open atmosphere and has been a perfect place to introduce our children to Mass. There is a great sense of community and belonging. The children love the opportunity to participate."

 

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Today’s Mass Readings .
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Prayer for Christian Unity
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Creator of light,
illumine our path by the light of Christ who moves before us and leads us.
May he be a beacon for our pilgrimage.
Enlighten us and dwell within us.
We thank you for the gift of that unfading Star, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.
Heal our divisions and draw us closer to the Light that we may find our unity in him. Amen.
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Even in the greatest darkness, God’s light is with us. Most perfectly, in the fullness of time, God sends Jesus Christ, who is the guiding light for all nations, the glory of God in the world, the source of divine light and life. The way ahead into unity with one another, into closer union with Christ, is not always clear. In our earnest attempts to build unity ourselves it is all too easy to lose sight of this fundamental message of the scriptures: that God does not abandon his people even in their failures and divisiveness. This is God’s message of hope for the whole world. God guides people of all kinds, by the light of the star, to where Christ, the light of the world, is to be found.
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